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Fashion and Education

Change is the essence of life, if the change is for good reason and brings lots of rejuvenation to ones life then one must welcome such change in his or her life with wide open arms…..


We all know that fashion changes rapidly according to the trends and taste of people. Fashion is the word which means self confidence and satisfaction. Fashion has its own definition to any fashionable person….. as being fashionable is one’s choice and its a mirror to ones own personality.


Talking about the education and courses in this field, it is considered as one of the most exhilarating and challenging career options in today’s world. In a country like India, where textile and garment industries have been flourishing for ages, the recent boom in fashion designing & textile industry has led to innovation and new prospects in the existing sphere of garment and accessory design. If you have a inclination for creativity, style and novelty, a career in fashion designing can be perfect for a person who likes to do experiment and who is innovative. On one hand, the fashion industry satisfies both the creative fancies and the materialistic needs of the people, on the other hand it promises glamour, fame, success and high pay packages.


But yes, no doubt its challenging career because fashion designers need to combine their imagination with administrative skills to continue and sustain in this industry and the competition is tough, thus, if you can create magic with lots of hue, imaginative designs and unique trendy shapes & sizes just get hold of appropriate professional skills to begin a successful career in this field.


There are many career scopes for the students who enter to this industry. A qualified fashion designer can work in areas like designer wear production, planning and concept management, fashion marketing, design production management, fashion stylist, fashion media, quality control, fashion accessory design and promotion of brands.


All the capable students can also find jobs as costume designer, fashion consultant, personal stylist, technical designer, graphic designer, production pattern maker, fashion coordinator, apparel production manager, fabric buyer, fabric quality control manager, and show room sales representative, illustrator, cutting assistant, fashion photographer, fashion journalist and public relation executive in this industry.


Self-employment is an important feature of Fashion Designing course students interested in establishing their own business & goodwill can also become entrepreneurs and open their own companies.


After this several export houses, garment store chains, textile mills, leather companies, boutiques, fashion show organizers, jewelry houses and media houses gives them proposals for long term associations.

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Fall Back To Glamour

When the weather turns cool and crisp, it’s time to get back to serious fashion. Fall is fashion at its best and the magazine pages inspire us to amp up our style.


Red is the breakout color this year and it’s showing up not only in dresses and sweaters, but the surprise new must-have piece- red skinny leg jeans. Yes or no is a personal choice.


Basic black is back big-time. The LBD is everlasting because it makes us feel slim, sophisticated and confident. It’s a no brainer.


Black and white is a season-less stunning classic. A wool houndstooth jacket or coat makes an eye-catching wardrobe add-on. The ubiquitous black skirt, white shirt ensemble is a sure thing when nothing else pleases.


Shades of terracotta, from pale blush to deep persimmon, have a fresh look this year. A chunky knit turtleneck in a baked terracotta shade is so flattering to everyone’s skin tone. Added to the usual fall colors of mustard, brown and hunter green are the unexpected brights like yellow, purple and blue definitely mood elevators. Polka dots are a surprise pop of whimsy.


Putting on the glitz came way pre-holiday this year. There’s sparkle and shimmer on anything and everything, even boots are awash with sequins. Stones and glitter adorn hats, gloves, tee shirts and sweatshirts to glam up the unexpected.


Lace is held over from this summer’s positive reception. It’s part of the whole feminine, glamorous mood of this season.


Animal prints, especially leopard is back every year it seems. The fashion gurus must want it to join the classics. Faux fur vests, shrug jackets, hats and scarves are cozy and warm. Python print is something new on the scene. It’s not just for shoes and handbags. A python print dress in a soft fabric is a definite wardrobe add-on.


Leggings and jeggings have really caught on. Teamed with an over-size sweater or peasant blouse and a tall pair of boots, they are as comfortable as a sweat suit for lounging and/or a stylish outfit for a weekend brunch date.


Accessories can really make an outfit shine. Embellished cuff bracelets and intricate, statement necklace designs are works of art. Chocolate diamonds are another way to complete a fall/winter look. So accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

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The Trend of Designer Denims

Denims are staple wear of every wardrobe. Today’s denim trends have emerged in variety of patterns, colors and textures. It is true that designer clothing is comparatively more expensive, but most of the times they are worth the cost. It’s time to come out of the old fashioned jeans and try out the latest trends that has arrived. Sometimes one has to put in great effort to find the ideal denim wear; be it jeans, denim jackets, shirts or even shorts.

Buy a pair of designer jeans and be assured that one has made the right investment. Designer denim will turn heads every time it is worn. There are some reasons why some people prefer to spend more for popular designer denims than the usual stuff available in the market. The right fabrics, sewing methods, and unique patterns can be found in designer brands.

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1920s Ladies Summer Fashions – Dressing For the Great Gatsby Festival

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation’s annual Great Gatsby Festival is a very fun event for anyone who loves history. It is especially fun if you can dress like a fashionable 1920s lady and stroll through the beautiful grounds of Valhalla in style.


To get started you will need a dress. The 1920s were know for their straight cut long dresses (hem below the knee) that made women appear “boyishly” flat chested and without hips. Summer day dresses were made of lightweight, chiffon, georgette or silk materials. Solid colors as well as geometrical, Egyptian and Asian patterns were all the rage. Many modern long summer dresses can be easily adapted to look “’20s.” One quick way to make a simple straight line dress look art deco is to tie a thin fabric belt or loose sash a few inches below your hip bone. This creates the unnaturally low waist line that is very characteristic of the early to mid ’20s. Another option is to wear a long skirt and white blouse. Skirts could be plain and straight or pleated and a bit fuller. Avoid tapered “pencil” style skirts. These are symbolic of the 1940s.

Once your dress is picked out you will need to add the crowing glory of the fashionable woman: the hat. A cloche hat is a tight fitting, low brimmed, headpiece that every ’20s woman wore. They were often made of wool, felt or crochet yarn which was ideal for winter but too warm for summer months. Instead ladies adorned themselves with wide brimmed straw hats that were wrapped with a ribbon and accented with a flower and feathers on one side. A-symmetrical shapes were equally common with one side of the straw hat pinned up and decorated with a colorful flower. If you do nothing else to dress for the Gatsby Festival you must at least wear an appropriate summer hat.

The next step is to stroll along in a comfortable pair of shoes. T-straps and Mary Jane’s with 1-3 inch thick heels were ideal footwear for day or night. If you don’t have a pair of these already try you local dance supply shop for a pair of black “Character” shoes. Avoid ballet flats, thin heeled pumps, sandals and socks. Women wore tights in dark solid colors or funky geometrical patterns (for the youthful ladies.)

Finally feel free to adorn your outfit with accessories like mid length lace gloves, a shawl, beaded clutch purse and even a parasol. For jewelry choose geometrical shapes inspired by the discovery King Tut’s tomb in 1922.

Fashionable hairstyles were short bobs and finger woven hair. If you have short hair your cloche or straw hat will do well to cover your hair appropriately. If you have long hair you can gather it back to fit under your hat or placed it in a flat bun at the nape of your neck.

It’s not very difficult to pull together your outfit from items in your closet or local vintage and thrift stores. However if you have a few hours and some sewing skills I highly recommend you sew your own 1920s One Hour dress. It’s fairly easy, beautiful, and authentic to the time.

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Fashion for Men and Women : Sense and Nonsense

There is no exact definition to good fashion sense. What is fashionable to one may be out of the world for another.

Geographical location and the culture of an area have a huge role to play in defining the fashion trends of that particular area. You have some sense for fashion, if you are not dressed weirdly. Any man or woman is dressed fashionably if they look good, are comfortable, and are not frowned upon after wearing the same. One also needs to be trendy in order to be considered fashionable.

Fashion sense lies in wearing to please the on-looker and being comfortable in whatever you wear. In order to achieve this goal, you need to strike a balance between going with the majority and being different. Fashion sense can be inherited. The history of fashion is full of stories of sense and nonsense. Celebrities especially get into limelight for their sense and nonsense of fashion.

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Novel Beachwear Designs for Eco- conscious Wearer



Design of a garment today is influenced by globalization, industrialization, science and technology. The drawing board concept has changed and there has been a shift in the designing field to cater to the needs of the consumer in terms of performance and comfort. Beachwear which is in its infancy stage in the Indian garment industry scenario is the focus of the research and the researcher has attempted to apply innovative concepts such as usage of eco-friendly fabrics bamboo and modal with the application of UV finish and water repellent finish. The collection designed has been derived from out of the box concept to attract the consumer both local and global.


Design development is an integral part of product development. Design of a garment focuses on 3 important aspects-comfort, fit and aesthetic appeal. Performance enhancement has become a necessity rather than a luxury. The consumer has grown over the period of time and has come out of the ‘wear and throw attitude’. Garment designing has scaled new heights. It has come out of the boundaries of just casual wear, formal wear or party wear and reached every sector of garments be it sportswear, intimate wear, beachwear or bodywear.


Swimwear, a decade ago was a taboo and its status in the Indian garment industry negligible. But with the fitness boom, globalization and international exposure, the industry has grown from its infancy stage and taken small steps in the global market. And designing of beachwear, improving its performance properties to cater to the needs of the consumer has acquired significant importance. But in spite of its international demand, it is surprising that not many manufacturers or designers are venturing into designing of beachwear, considering that it is a territory that has very little competition in a country with a climate which is most suited to beach and swimwear.


Beachwear is defined as clothing worn on the beach. It is clothing that is close to the skin or like second skin. A survey conducted by the researcher to study the trends in beachwear in the market for design and use of fabric aspect showed that the most commonly used fabrics were cotton, man-made fabrics and Lycra blend. Today’ consumer is eco-conscious and wants to do their bit in reducing the carbon footprint.

The author is associated with Smt. VHD Central Institute of Home Science

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Microfiber Slacks: Fashion for All Occasions

Pants will never go out of style. It may take on different forms and styles, but a good old pair of pants will always be in fashion. This is why you must invest in good quality pairs of pants that will last for many years. Microfiber slacks are among the most comfortable and durable kinds of pants that you must definitely have in your closet.


Microfiber is a type of synthetic fabric that is commonly made from polyamides, polyester or a combination of the two. This material is often used in making textiles that are woven, unwoven or knitted, which are then used in making various types of clothing. Aside from apparel, microfiber is also widely used in making industrial filters, upholstery and cleaning materials that are used on gadgets, such as mobile phones, music players and gaming consoles.


There are many reasons why microfiber is a top choice in making these useful things. Its durability, softness, strong wicking ability, absorbent property, water repellency, filtering capabilities and electrodynamics make it the perfect material for such stuff.


In apparels, a pair of microfiber slacks always makes a great fit and is very stylish. It can be used as an office attire because it looks very corporate. It may also be used in formal occasions by pairing it with an appropriate top. Its elegance is truly classic. If you thought it will not work as a casual piece of clothing, think again. More daring and adventurous men and women of fashion these days are not afraid to experiment with the microfiber pants. They wear it casually by simply folding the hems outward. It may be paired with a button-down shirt and worn with a belt. For the right footwear, booties are a safe choice as well as heels.


Sometimes, putting up the right ensemble is really just a matter of proper color combination. But you might also want to consider the material of each piece that you wear. Some materials do not look very well together even if their colors complement each other perfectly. Slacks, in general come in warm colors since they are often associated with the corporate world. It may be black, brown, khaki, navy blue or moss green. There are also slacks in lighter colors, such as shades of gray, white and beige. These may also be worn at the office but might be more appropriate for other functions and events.


Taking care of clothes made of microfiber fabric, such as slacks, is very important. Although this material is proven durable, still you need to take the proper steps in caring for it to make sure that it will last for a long time. Follow the instructions indicated on the tags of the microfiber clothes that you have carefully to avoid damaging the material as you wash it. Use only cleaning products that have been proven safe to use on such fabric. Ironing instructions, especially on microfiber slacks, must also be followed exactly as indicated to avoid burning the fabric.

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Timeless High Fashion Trends

The world of fashion changes every day and often it is necessary to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Many influential factors influence changes in trends and its a rare instance, especially in high fashion, when a trend can and does last forever. Timeless trends that will always be relevant in high fashion are equivalent to term diamonds in the rough.


True red comes in many not so trendy forms, but it will be a staple in high end fashion until the end of time. Why red? Its the Marilyn Monroe of colors and considered a power color with a strong sexual influence for passion. Lets look at the facts: its the color of fire, the common rose, hearts, passion, love as well as embodying many more other symbolic meanings. In China, it symbolizes beauty and celebration and it is the color brides most commonly wear on their wedding day. Did I mention that its one of the top colors chosen by men? Its true Venus will always be rising in the high fashion world.


While on the subject of power, lets add the well tailored pant suit. There are uncountable variations by numerous high fashion designers but there is one perfect fit for every woman. A good tailor is needed but not necessarily required. Women are powerful and a high end pant suit can be worn for almost any occasion with the right decorated accessories to accent. Try utilizing this trend if there is a powerful message that needs to be conveyed.


A staple piece of jewelry in high end fashion is the right hoop earrings. This accessory will never go out of style. Whether you like silver, gold, big or small, find the perfect pair that fits you. Getting a few variations is a must. Jackie O, god rest her stylish soul, received millions of dollars in diamonds and jewels from prestigious places and people, but her favorite were a pair of petite double hooped dangle earrings that she got for less than $100 and wore most of the time. She was photographed wearing them on numerous occasions. Its simply impossible to settle for just any hoop earring and there are many styles to choose from so its important to take precious time to find the perfect pair. When you do, youll be soul mates. As for me, Im going to be buried in mine.


The Clutch Purse is the queen bee of handbags. Which is very suitable considering the style was introduced to high society fashion during the Victorian Era. The fashion world had decided that the clutch was no longer in style and it diminished for decades until WWII. This was due to the shortages in materials and rationing. Since the clutch required fewer materials, it re-emerged in the fashion world. Theyre dainty and they add a feminine touch to any style for any occasion.

Thomas Burberry was the founder and creator of the first trench coat. They were designed specifically for the British Army and when the soldiers came home, they continued to wear them on the streets making them the pillar of street fashion for men. Epaulets and other accents were added and the trench coat was reborn and continued to transform for both genders. Today, almost every high end fashion designer makes a variation. This piece may be the most timeless style for both men and women today.


New ideas and new trends in fashion are an exciting expectation to look forward to. Its possible that innovative ideas can transform ones world, for the good or the bad. Since the past is all we know, that is all we can reference. But there is one thing for sure and its these high fashion trends will be around forever, unless we become machines and robots. It could happen but it sure does give a whole new meaning to the word attachment.


About the Author:


The author is an aspiring fashion graduate from the Art Institute of California- San Francisco. She plays a multi-faceted role of being an entrepreneur, artist, author, fashion designer and more importantly the cultivation and expansion of her business

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Fashion, Gender and Social Identity

Garment and fashion is the subject of intense sociological, historical, anthropological and semiotic analysis in contemporary social theory. The phenomenon of fashion, the impact of which is recognized by the famous cliché : “You are what you wear”, offers a dense, rich set of costume options and reveals multiple and unexpected ways through which fashion is part of the concrete, tangible, profound, complicated and symbolic process of forming of the modern and postmodern Self, identity, body and social relations.


The development of gender identity is a social construct with garment and fashion being two factors of this configuration. Even fashion should be considered as part of the social processes of discrimination, namely the reproduction of hierarchy’s position and prestige in a deeply unequal society.


The aim of this study is to detect different types of human ideas about the evolution of gender through clothing and fashion, what is “feminine” and “male” appearance in the evaluation of various dress styles.


The research part of this paper includes the results of a Qualitative social research. The theoretical framework of feminist theory and the process of informal and conversational interview are chose in order to release the interviewees.


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Is the Fashion Industry Environment Friendly

It is necessary for designers and fashion product manufacturers to indulge in eco friendly and sustainable fashion for the betterment of humanity. From the looks of it, the global fashion industry has not been able to serve Nature equally well!

Manufacturers are only concerned with the raw material. They hardly take note of the exploitation imposed on animals in order to obtain the raw material. Designers make use of these exotic skins without bothering to find out whether the supplier used ethical measures to obtain them. How much of sincere effort has been made in order to promote the use of recycled fashion products? In fact, not even sufficient awareness has been created by manufacturers and designers towards their use.Many manufacturers claim that they make and supply organic products. But not all are genuine.Surveys reveal that only 2.5 percent of the total cultivated land in the world is consumed by cotton, but it consumes 16 percent of the total insecticides used.

Article includes views of Sandra Davidoff, Director of Corporate Public Relations, Aqua Green.