Friday, July 22, 2011

History Of Fashion Designing

What Is Fashion Design ?

Fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Modern fashion design is divided into two basic categories: haute couture and ready-to-wear. The haute couture collection is dedicated to certain customers and is custom sized to fit these customers exactly. In order to qualify as a haute couture house, a designer has to be part of the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture and show a new collection twice a year presenting a minimum of 35 different outfits each time. 

Ready-to-wear collections are standard sized, not custom made, so they are more suitable for large production runs. They are also split into two categories: designer/createur and confection collections. Designer collections have a higher quality and finish as well as an unique design. They often represent a certain philosophy and are created to make a statement rather than for sale. Both ready-to-wear and haute-couture collections are presented on international catwalks.


Fashion design was originally made popular as a branch of study in applied art in major art schools. It basically, then, focused on design of clothing by employing different creative patterns to achieve an aesthetic finish. However, the first man who took dressmaking to commercially viable stage was Charles Frederick Worth, who died in the year 1895.

Finally, in the mid-nineteen century Worth's great-grandson closed up his shop, but the big oak seed he planted in Paris continue its upward growth. Ever since, the world of fashion design has gone through so many changes, evolving into higher realms from one generation to another until it reached its present level, today.

Now, there are great fashion designers known continentally and internationally.We now have Tommy Hilfiger, Dior, Thierry Hermès, Tommy Bahama, Guccio Gucci, Ecko, Stefano Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Polo, Cole Hann, Andrew Marc and so many heavyweights designers.These later generations developed a system whereby artists were paid to brainstorm and sketch or paint unique designs for garments, which were basically presented to potential buyers before turning the artist impression into original garment. This idea gave rise to the modern fashion design industry whose main products is now known the world over as Designer wear.