The Truth About Fashion Education

Fashion design is one of the easiest specialties and all designers should use their creative ideas to create marketable products and pay attention to the quality of the workmanship.As a concept fashion design is an art form but in reality it is a craft. It can be compared to jewellery making.

The designer comes up with a concept, an idea, which usually follows a fashion brief. Either a full range is designed, where all garments must be united or a once off dress is created. Even when the students are designing a garment for themselves, there already is a certain context. Example: when designing trousers, is it for summer or for winter? Is it day or evening pants? Is it simple and contemporary or posh and fancy or is it classic?

The purpose of CRE Fashion design school programs is for students to develop their own signature style, which is a reflection of one’s individuality and is also an extension of the learner’s interests and talents.

Designers find inspiration in fields seemingly out of the fashion field, such as music, cinema, art, photography or even one’s daily life. Reading fashion magazines and knowing the current trends is good, but should not be overdone as our minds will inevitably copy design ideas.

Each design will follow a specific brief from a client or for a particular fashion brand, usually considering the seasonal trends. The designer comes up with a certain concept, a visual of the cut and the shape. Then decisions are required on the main colours, fabrics and features. Example: style lines, pockets etc. Further on the supporting colours, fabrics and features must be highlighted, Example: decoration, gathering, slits etc. The visual in a person’s mind is moving with endless variations and the best ones must be identified, however it is not possible that the image is held still and turned front, back and imagined completed, this is why we draw. The student starts with a Fashion illustration, which is the creative interpretation of the design idea.

Then the design circle follows with a Technical drawing, where the particular fabrics are chosen. Then Pattern making and Garment construction (Cutting & Sewing) follow.

Wedding Fashion Ideas For Your Big Day!

The month of December is most likely to be one of the best month of the year to get married. There are several reasons why Holiday wedding is quite very popular. One is, you can have your wedding location already decorated for the holidays so you don’t need to have a lot of decorations to complete the wedding theme.

Lets start with wedding outfits. If you decide get married this year, you’ll need to order necessary outfits as soon as possible. Your choices of wedding outfits may limit you just a bit as to which designers you can use since some of the wardrobes may take several months to get back. Of course, you want to choose your own bridal dress, then your attendants’ outfits is next. If you want to go with velvets and other rich fabrics, feel free to do so.

Another details are your decorations such as flowers. Flowers can be anything, from roses to orchids. You may select a good florist and then take a picture of your dress with you. A florist can help you select what type of flowers and style that will work best to decorate the ceremony venue as well as the reception hall. Apart from that, she or he can play different styles of bouquet you can choose from. One of the most popular December flower you may want to consider is Poinsettia. This flower work well for the altar d├ęcor as well as flower arrangements on the reception tables.

Indeed, small details can be very important to your wedding. As much as you want to share your own personal touch, it is still highly advisable to consider hiring a coordinator to assist you. If not a wedding planner, you may consider getting a book that could help you with your wedding. Or, another source could be the Internet where you can find lots of wedding guides and advices that can be very helpful to you. There are different good wedding sites that have articles and tips all about weddings.

Wedding gifts, of course these are very common in a wedding. Traditionally, gifts for the bride and groom are something that they can use in building their new life together. Gifts like house wares are always anticipated. However, today’s fashion trend of wedding gifts are quite different with traditional ones. Though traditional gifts can be very useful but giving unique, fashionable gift is very much appreciated. How to find them? Search again the Internet, you’ll will see tons and tons of items which you don’t expect can make unique and special gifts for the couple. In addition to that, there are now available custom-made products which enables you to add your own touch: from a simple picture stand to engraved special picture frame.

Lastly, are wedding favors. Favors are little items that serve as thank gifts to the guests. Of course, these little items can be very stylish and fashionable as well, depending on the wedding theme. Plethora of choices for these items are also available everywhere, you might want to check again several suggestion using the Internet. Fashionable favors include personalized coaster wedding favors, place card holders, candle and soap favors, favor boxes and the likes. Your choices for trendy wedding ideas is endless, it is up to you on how to find and use them.

Has European Fashion Reached a Stalemate?

European fashion has lead the way in the world since the 1950s when they invented fashion shows by accident. Count Giorgini was a designer who needed to sell some clothes so he could eat. He came up with a brilliant idea, he invited several ladies to his workshop, fed and wined them with the hope they would buy from him.

He had previously asked several pretty girls to wear his clothes and walk around the room so the ladies would appreciate them and could see them on a body instead of a table or dummy. The ladies liked the idea and were receptive to the girls showing the dresses and the event ended with a great sale. After a couple of successful rounds with the ladies he decided to try the same strategy with the lower class. They paid cash and paid immediately. With the ladies he had to wait until they decided to pay him.

He brought together the same setting using cheaper materials but using the same designs. Cheap wine and cheese were served and his girls did their job again. Soon every designer and seamstress was doing the same thing all over Milan so he moved to Rome and started again and the ball started rolling without rest until today.

But European fashion has lost its glamour and surprise element. Every time the Milan, Rome or Paris fashion season starts you can expect the same thing but in different colors. In fact many buyers tend to wait for the American and Asian designers’ clothes and creations. European designers have not lost their touch, they still produce beautiful pieces but they do not allow new blood to emerge, they want to stay under the spotlights forever.

This is not possible, times change and people change. The world never stops rotating and geniuses are born every day. They believe they have the market cornered when in fact they are slowly losing it. New blood, new ideas are popping out everywhere else and they are growing and changing the world of fashion. Dinosaurs disappeared because they could not evolve and adapt, the day may come when Paris, Milan and Rome lose their leadership
to other places that have opened their doors and minds to new ideas and concepts.

European fashion has remained grey for many years while fashion in other countries and continents bursts with light and movement. A shorter sleeve or a longer skirt is not change and evolution, evolution comes from deep, true change and they refuse to join the wave that is sweeping the world with color movement and freshness. Who knows if Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires will become the fashion capitals of the world?

Fashion Games That Girls Love

Whether your daughter is having a sleepover or you are trying to come up with fashion games for girls at school, there are lots of great ideas you can try.

One idea for girl fashion games is to play Barbie fashion games. These games are lots of fun for younger girls who enjoy playing with Barbies still. You could get a few pieces of different colored material, have the girls sketch out, and design their own clothing for the Barbie. If they are very young, make sure you are the one using the scissors and taking care of the dangerous parts of the game. No child should have scissors and that is just an accident waiting to happen.

Another Barbie fashion game is to dress each doll in a top or bottom and then have each child choose what piece of clothing and which accessories they think would work best with that look. It forces them to think quickly and come up with stylish ideas on the spot. This is the perfect game for any young girls who are thinking of working towards a career in the world of fashion.

For older girls, try playing games with some of their favorite celebrities. Buy a couple fashion or style magazines and have the girls look through them and guess – without peeking at the text – who is wearing what. They should be able to tell which designer’s have designed the different outfits and best of all this will help them study up on the different designers and style trends. You keep things fun by having modern magazines with their favorite celebs.

Use the Internet to your advantage and find online fashion games. Browse through different sites and see what you can come up with. The Internet offers tons of fresh, fun ideas for girls of all ages and different games you can play to help them learn more about fashion. Whether they are steering towards a career in fashion or you just want them to have a little fun, this is the perfect way to get girls involved in style and fashion. If you are hosting a children’s party, what better way to get them excited and having fun than by playing games? All the girls will love it and you will be the coolest mom ever. Best of all, the supplies for all these games are minute and very inexpensive so you will not break the bank.

Commitment to Keeping in Touch-An Old Fashioned Idea That Works!

An old mentor once told me this. There is a unique sense of power in you when you simply call up someone and say, “Nothing urgent, merely saying hello”. And even more so when you call up someone and offer to help. I will explain the sense of power a little later in this article.

You see, in this fast age, we are so used to calling someone only when we need something–information, a favor, money, facilitating an event etc. etc. So think back–when did you call someone just to chat, with no expectation on either side except a determination to not lose touch?

It is really exhilarating to re-connect with your friends. Specially ones you have not looked up for some time. And specially when they do not expect it.

Many of us stand on formality. We are a bit shy in approaching someone that we have lost touch with. Others among us have a bit of an ego–we expect others to call us. I really think while egos are fine in some places, they have no place in relationships—they are an anti-thesis of commitment and positive thinking.

So my advice to you is—examine all your relationships, including the ones you have either discarded or not attended to. Then screen them for importance—to you. If there are relationships that are important to you for either peace of mind or happiness or just social well-being, do not stand on formality or let your ego or pride get in the way. This is called giving someone a second chance.

You will be surprised how effective getting in touch with someone you have not been in touch with can be. Examine the following benefits.

1. It enables you to update your social “database”.

2. You get real time look into how the other person is doing and what his or her values are.

3. You will feel good that you have taken the “high road” and reached out and met someone more than half-way by initiating the dialogue.

4. Chances are that your act of opening up to someone you had prior relationship with will cause a spark of reciprocity–at least in some instances.

Now let me explain what I or my mentor meant by “sense of power”. When you get in touch with someone after a long time, the tendency may be one of suspicion on their part. After all, how many of us, “just call to say hi”? But when you reach out to just re-connect and that is in fact your whole agenda, there is power in that message. It is saying to some one–I feel comfortable and self-confident in calling some one, even when or especially when I do not need anything from them.

Sometimes, you can better your odds of others you have contact being warm to you if you find something that you know they have an interest in. Once I called an old friend of mine who used to like clean humor. I began by saying, ” I am not sure why, but when I came across this joke I thought of you. I recall how you like clean humor–well I found this to be funny and clean, so here goes. By the way, how have you been–it has been too long… “. Another time I called someone to remind them of the trip we had taken to Alaska, and how I thought we were out of gas and had to hitchhike to the nearest gas station and hitch hike back!

Both time, I scored–and re-established an important connection.

Good luck.