The fashion scene today is tremendously promising. The increase in brand awareness, the need to look good, higher disposable incomes, better lifestyle etc, ensures that the industry holds great promises. But, it is not just about attractive models walking the ramp. It requires passion, hard work, zeal and dedication.DesignA fashion designer will generally have to work on three categories – men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear. These are further divided into specialized categories like casual wear, formal wear, party wear, evening wear, sports wear, maternity wear, to name a few. Depending on the manner of production, it is classified as prêt and haute couture. Prêt is ready-to-wear fashion that is produced in bulk, whereas haute couture is one-of-it’s-kind, which is generally for the upper class.Skills:So, what skills must fashion designers have? Apart from obvious skills like sketching and visualization, one must have a good eye for detail, present their work in the most unique form and be proficient at deployment of resources. It also involves good technical knowledge on pattern making, stitching, draping etc.Opportunities:And, it is not just about being a fashion designer. There are numerous other options in the field of fashion. To name a few, fashion merchandising, fashion photography, fashion styling, visual merchandising, fashion journalism, fashion buying, fashion marketing are some of the various opportunities available in this promising field. After completing your education you can choose to become an entrepreneur, start your boutique, distribute your designs to retail shops or establish your label. You can also work with an established designer or fashion publications for more experience and guidance.It’s recommended that you set your priorities first and understand what you are interests are. The good news is that each field has got a promising career and with a strong dedication anyone can reach heights!
Searching successfully for vintage clothing is getting to be more of an uphill task these days, so, if you are a fashion and style enthusiast , with a passion for vintage clothing , you will know exactly what i mean.If you have been rummaging through attic sales, garage sales or estate sales, looking for that unusual antique piece, without much luck, then vintage inspired and retro clothing is your next best choice.The vintage inspired and retro clothing worth collecting are a bit up-end in some cases, but you can carefully choose each piece, and end up acquiring a great collection of classic pieces of art. I call them ‘timeless’.Vintage couture has now become bigger than ever as we see more and more bygone styles coming back onto the catwalks.I started my collections of antique and vintage clothing many years ago. What i did back then, was to mix-and-match contemporary designs and pieces, with the vintage collections that I owned. From a 50’s bakerlite bag, a Pucci print, of the ’60s (they’re always in style, especially in black and white), to a 1960 cut velvet chiffon dress with a matching jacket. I mixed them creatively with any new fashion style that came along.However, it became more difficult for me to find unique items, and then i discovered that switching to vintage inspired creations became a wonderful alternative.So, if like me, you have the same dilemma, just do the switch and discover a whole new world of antique and vintage couture re-incarnated.Passion, and, demand for vintage clothing brought on the production of vintage inspired haute couture dresses and shoes. A vintage inspired piece of clothing is like an art reproduction, looks just as good, but costs much less than an original which is so hard to find. So its very affordable. Especially in these lean and hard times.o Certain classic styles such as slouchy leather bags, off the shoulder and no shoulder minis, midis and maxi dresses, lace up boots and fabric shoes, to mention a minute few, are always fashionable and are available in vintage inspired options.o To start off with new ideas, your first port of call should be the fashion magazines. Check on the latest fashion trends, the new cuts, textures, colours. Check out the vintage, retro, and indie fashions. This will give you a feel of what’s going on out there fashion-wise.o Check your Yellow pages for local stores and boutiques that carry vintage clothing. Look in these stores for books on antique and vintage apparels of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. Check the designs and compare them to contemporary pieces fashioned after the vintage.o Go online. Search the web for vintage haute couture clothing, and discover a world of information and photo images of designs that will open your imagination further.o Discover the marriage of online shopping and video. There, you will experience the stories, creativity and depth that are largely absent from today’s e-commerce. As an online shopper, you will discover unique items from designers, boutiques, artists, manufacturers and personalities, and you get a personal and entertaining look at the sellers and their products. This can help guide your decisions.o Visit fashion shows, if you live in any of the major fashion cities around the world. Recently, catwalks in Paris, Milan, Tokyo, New York, Rome and London, displayed a whole host of distinctly wearable vintage inspired couture trends. Trends inspired by the antique and vintage. You shall surely see more of these in the months ahead.
Recently, I read a piece of news about David Beckham on VOGUE. In the article, Beckham admitted that he remembers some of his previous fashion choices with a sense of trepidation. Although Beckham mentioned that he does not have any regrets, he can’t believed that he had actually chosen to wear certain apparels before.I believed many of us can relate well to Beckham’s past experiences with his fashion choices. Looking back at old photographs, we may wonder to ourselves, “What were we thinking?”The above illustration is a good indication that one’s personal style is capable of evolving over time. Such changes can be affected by many factors such as fashion trends as portrayed in the media, peer influences, personal creativity and even one’s occupation. So if you feel that you are stuck in a style rut because you are born without any sense of style, think again.Take for example you are indeed “born” with a poor sense of style. Such a situation can readily be solved if you make the effort to upgrade your knowledge in this arena. One way to do so is to be very open with experimenting with different apparels and finding out what you look good and feel comfortable with. If you cannot trust your own opinion, go shopping with friends and family who are interested in fashion or engage a Style Coach/Personal Shopper to give you professional advice on what fits you best in relation to your body shape and lifestyle needs. Draw inspiration from people (e.g. celebrities) whose fashion style you admire. Learn to visualize (i.e. see in your mind’s eyes) how you want to look for an event or occasion and works toward achieving it. This is very much like how many of us work towards achieving the look we wanted for a school prom when we were still in school. It will also help to take some time to assess your wardrobe and pull out items that are out of date or which you never wear anymore due to factors such as lifestyle changes and age. Replace these items with apparel and accessories that are compatible with your current situations.Always remember and have faith that achieving a great personal style is not an unachievable feat. Help in this area is always just around the corner if you are truly committed to finding your path to looking good and feeling great. Many a times, it is your willingness to change, strong determination and enthusiasm which will decides whether you can successfully create a great style which you can call your own.