Introduction to Fashion

what is fashion
Fashion comes from a latin word 'Facere' which means to make. Fashion is what we visualize. It is the inner feeling of every human being to present himself / herself according to one's own thinking. Fashion is a term commonly used in relation to clothes, garments, textiles etc. Fashion changes after a particular period of time. Around the world styles of dress and fashion are changing very fast and are becoming more and more diversifying curiosity, desire to be different, intimation and combination are some of the reasons for the fashion change. Fashion changes from season to season because of the temperature variations by rain, humidity, heat etc.
Fashion changes from each country and different regions and have different styles. Fashion is the culture of the time, attitude, habits and forms of behaviour that are shared by the society and are transmitted from generation to generation within that society. India enjoys a prominent place in the international market with its rich skills, traditional handloom fabrics, rustic texture and vibrant dyes. The Indian designers have given a large contribution to the world market. Indian textiles and fashion industries are now sweeping innovative Indian designs to the world market. It is the art of application of designs and aesthetics or natural beauty clothing and accessories. Fashion designer attempts designer clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They must consider who is likely to wear a garment and situation in which it will be worn. They have a wide range and combination of materials to work with a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles to choose from.

Nature of work

A fashion designer creates and designs for almost anything which is a part of the garment of men, women and children. The designer should be able to understand the needs of their clients and create attractive and functional garment and accessories according to the latest market conditions and also keeping a close watch on fit, style, color, texture, size and materials. The process of making a dress starts with the original ideas on the people, then shaping a pattern piece which make the garment. The pieces are then drawn in actual size on paper and cut out on a rough material. These pieces are stitched together and fitted on a model. From the rough model sample, garments are made in final fabric. Much time of the designer is spent in research, knowledge about fabric, weave, draping, quality of the material, color and design changing trend. The designer should have a natural flare of aesthetic sense and knowledge about fabric, color, mixing, illusion of lines and texture which plays a major role.


The fashion designer should be artistic and creative. They should be able to express their ideas in sketches. They may not be brilliant artist but must be able to combine colors, shades and tones. Designer should have the flare for creating design with fabrics and know how to use fabrics effectively. The fashion designer must be fashion conscious and must be aware of market requirement.
As a designer one should have the knowledge and experience of basic tailoring skills i.e cutting, draping, sewing etc. Besides these they should be able to distinguish among various fabrics, quality and they need to choose a good cloth to work on. An understanding of the market and customer's life style is required so that the designs are suitable for people they are made for. A designer must be a good communicator and very clear with their ideas. A designer must be mentor to his or her client and expected to find out customers taste, comfort level and difference.
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Career Prospectus

For a successful career, a fashion designer besides its qualification needs to have certain aesthetic and practical skills. A career as a fashion designer is a glamorous field. The main area of work in the fashion industry are What exactly the profile of a fashion designer is, to make a person look good and feel comfortable through his or her clothes. CLothes become a part of our life. They help to express our individuality. Our clothes speaks about ourselves. They express the mood and personality. This influence the shape of clothing. Everyone likes to be different and unique. Everyone needs to look attractive. A good garment makes a person feel confident and look beautiful.
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