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Fashion Designer Monique Lhuillier Fashion Designer Monique Lhuillier History of Monique Lhuillier's Life In a scant 12 years, Monique Lhuillier has risen from her roots in a third-world country to becoming the hottest fashion designer. Lhuillier was profiled in legendary Newsweek magazine within eight years of her not-quite-humble start in the fashion industry, garnering a coveted "second cover" status to…

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Influential Fashion Designer of Today

Influential Fashion Designer of Today Calvin Richard Klein was born on November 19, 1942, in the Bronx, New York. From 1959-1962 he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York ("Calvin Richard Klein"). At FIT, the classes were "tedious" and the curriculum "pedantically oriented to learning a trade" (Gaines and Churcher 41). Klein was bored, but he used the time and exposure to styles FIT provided to discover his own tastes of what is good and what is not. He found loved natural fabrics and hated synthetic ones. Bright colors turned him off; he preferred quieter shades of brown and beige. During this time the youthful, modern sportswear of French designer Jacques Tiffeau influenced Klein's evolving outlook, as did the stylist practicality of American designer Claire McCarell. The student Klein spent a lot of time at studying the worldwide collection of garments held at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Gaines and Churcher 41-42). In 1962, Klein entered the fashion industry as a sketcher for Dan Millstein, a superstar of fashion of those times who had designed the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to her wedding to Joe DiMaggio. Klein found the experience challenging, frustrating, but valuable. People described Millstein as a tyrant, and working for him was difficult. Having Klein work on the "missy" line, he didn't fully utilize the young man's talents. Klein really wanted to please Millstein but never felt fully appreciated. Nonetheless, he benefited from working with Millstein, including going to Paris where his official role was to memorize and later sketch to the smallest detail the pieces his boss liked. When possible, Klein explored Paris on his own and absorbed the fashion of the street which he liked more than what he saw on the runway (Gaines and Churcher 48-54). Klein quit working for Millstein and took a job with Halldon Ltd., a company that manufactured fake fur coats. That kind of product didn't really interest Klein, but the work environment at Halldon was more pleasant and more supportive than at Millstein's company, and there Klein first began to make a name for himself in the industry (Gaines and Churcher 65-66). Klein and another former Millstein designer, Abe Morenstein, began working together as independent designers. While Klein was getting a lot of attention and job offers,……

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Favorite Fashion Designer

¶ … Fashion Designer "Lim knows how fashionable women want to dress." -Nicole Phelps Vogue Phillip Lim launched his first collection with money he borrowed from a friend and fabric supplier Wen Zhou in 2004 (NY Mag 2010). His collection became a critical hit almost immediately after the launch. What helped spur his popularity was the fact that "It" girls like Natalie Portman and Kate Hudson adored his creations (2010). This helped fuel the demand of more than $12 million wholesale by his third season (2010). He is known for creating garments for women that have both a girly sort of refinement as well as a laid sensibility. Some of his creations also have a quirky quality to them, which appeals to original and creative wearers like Kate Bosworth and Scarlett Johansson (2010). Lim has three labels -- 3.1 Phillip Lim, kid by Phillip Lim, and Go Green by Phillip Lim. The first label, 3.1 Phillip Lim, launched in 2005, is ready-to-wear and resort style clothing and is similar to ready-to-wear labels like Theory, Chloe, Marni, and Vince (NY Mag 2010).. Kid by Phillip Lim is an American children's line of clothing that was first launched in 2007. Go Green by Phillip Lim was launched in 2009 and is ready-to-wear clothing as well with an eco-inspired touch. Phillip Lim is the son of Chinese immigrants. He grew up in Orange County, California, where his mother worked 18-hour days as a seamstress in a garment factory (Dorment 2010). He has said that coming from a very traditional Asian-American family, he felt compelled to go into a career like law or medicine, so he went to college and majored in business. Lim notes that it took him three years to realize that he hated business and he ended up graduating with a degree in home economics (sewing, nutrition, nursing, etc.,……

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Fashion Designer Self-Promotion My Name Is John

Fashion Designer Self-Promotion My name is John Smith. There are many factors that have motivated me to become a fashion designer and that are now beckoning me to apply my talents in the introduction of an exciting new brand in the fashion industry. I was born in Osaka, Japan in 1979. I believe that inherited my creative bent and interest in fashion from my parents; my father is a photographer and my mother is a tailor. As a child, one of my favorite pastimes was making detailed sketches of lots of plants and animals. I first became interested in fashion as a teen when I began to admire the fashion collections from the United States and Europe. I entered the Mode Design School in Tokyo when I was 18 years old where I focused on my keen interest in patterning. My dedication and focus led me to graduate with honors. After graduation, I began working as a freelance costume designer, but found this too limiting. So, in 2004, I moved to New York to broaden my horizons. Shortly after moving to New York, I started my own brand which was tremendously successfully. A major fashion buyer bought my collection and sold it to major shops in New York and Tokyo. After this, I returned to designing costumes and, in 2006, I won in the avant-garde section of the Gen Art International Design competition (http://www.genart.org/fashion.htm).This award was very important because Gen Art is noted for its discovery of new talent and is considered to be an important gateway to success. For instance, this organization has produced talents such as Zac Posn, Rebecca Taylor and Philip Lim, to name just a few of the emerging talents Gen Art has scouted. In 2007, I won yet another Gen Art award, this time in the Men's section. I am now working as a main pattern maker for Jen Kao, an up-and-upcoming New York-based fashion brand that is heavily rumored to become the next Philip Lim or Alexander Wang. I am also the designer of my own brand called 'a degree'. My brand 'a degree', pronounced as 'aid' in Japanese, represents a very unique conceptual design. I chose this name because it stands for a dimension or point-of-view which I believe will appeal to consumers who are seeking fashion that denotes their own personalities and lifestyles. The cloth I will use is three dimensional and…

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Fashion Designers Who Have Made

Early style inspiration came from childhood trips abroad to Asia, Africa, India and the Caribbean, as well as from her parents. When Marant became dissatisfied with the selection of clothes in stores she decided to start making her own clothes. These early creations were made out of discarded material and soon many of her friends wanted her to make clothes…

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Fashion Designers in Turkey

Fashion Designers in Turkey Emerging Fashion Designers in Turkey Fashion is a good indicator of the social and political trends characterizing society at a given point in time. It is safe to say that fashion represents a very powerful means of communication. Just as it can be influenced by people, it is in the same manner that it can influence…

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Givenchy Count Hubert James Marcel

His association with Hepburn would go on for the rest of her life. He not only designed the wardrobe for her films, among them How to Steal a Million, and her iconic turn in Breakfast at Tiffany's which turned the little black dress into the closet must-have of every woman in the world, but much of her personal wardrobe as well. The outfits in Sabrina would be iconographic of the kinds of fashions Givenchy specialized in. When he started out, he could not always work in the most lush fabrics but the way he utilized his materials made even the least expensive seem luxurious and fascinating. Givenchy become famous for innovation. He specialized in new ideas and techniques that though not as envelope-pushing as some of the designers of his era and the following decades, would lead historians of fashion to associate his name with amazing designs and a gorgeous sense of style. Today, Givenchy is still creating beautiful women's wear and attractive men's wear. Currently in charge of the women's line is Riccardo Tisci who is known for gothic touches and space-age minimalism. The Givenchy brand has now been in existence for nearly sixty years. It still speaks of class and simplicity. Those who wear Givenchy walk in the footsteps of Hepburn and those who design for Givenchy walk in the shadow of a true artist. Works Cited Givenchy.……

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Fashion, Lifestyle, and Consumption and Their Influence on Identities

This is because they present the values of the traditional societies and have an inherent meaning of the society. Fashion designers often pick on these traditional values and dressing and put them into a piece of attire that creates the national identity. Scholars have argued that the contribution of the different cultures of a country into the national identity created in fashion is important in the acceptance of the garments overall. By excluding other communities or groups, the fashion designer will be taking a position about the national identity that often negatively affects the acceptance. However, there is need to balance the societies, communities or groups because including too many will bring a conflict in the fashion attire. One solution to this is the African print that is often associated with African nations. This is a print or fabric that is made from tie and dye and is unique to African communities. While western fashion designers have obviously made some of these, these are still symbolic of African heritage and represent a form of national identity for the African continent Wurst, 2005() The Maasai of East Africa also have traditional fabrics that are unique to their community. These are often the national identity of the East African countries and have been the source of inspiration for designers such as Louis Vuitton, John Paul Gaultier, and Yves Saint Laurent. These designers have created collections inspired by the East African maasai community collection. Anyone seeing these designs can easily attribute them to East African communities Wipper, 1972() The presence of a national identity is based on the argument that communities in one nation have attributes which they share and which are distinct to them. This is seen in the maasai community whose fabric and attire is representative of the community's culture, language, religion, history, customs, rituals, territory, and ceremonies. These present the elements that evoke the presence of a national identity. However, the national identity has often changed with time as the culture, territory, and rituals of these communities evolve. Conclusion Fashion is used as a tool to portray the identity of an individual. It portrays the emotional, physical, psychological, and social aspect of the individual through expressing their mood and feelings. Fashion is also used to portray a national identity that drives the unique values of the country. The use of fashion as a tool to portray identity is more proliferated…

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Beauty Industry

Karolina is the stereotypical image of the normal woman who is convinced to buy more beauty products than she needs, and for that reason I relate to her more. I am personally not willing to do something as drastic as surgery, like Eva, but I do find myself spending more than I should on certain beauty products in order to avoid things like signs of early aging or vanishing pores. I relate to this character most because I have found myself in her position before, although not to that extreme. It is only natural to want to believe that the next best beauty remedy holds the secret to staying younger longer and that every woman should start using it in her regiment as early as possible in order to stay young and fresh as long as possible. Clearly, the film takes a direct stand in how manipulative the media and celebrity endorsement of products can be on public opinion. Especially in a field such as beauty, where so many women are already insecure, the media comes to exploit these insecurities to the financial advantage of major cosmetic companies and the industry as a whole. The media is responsible for all of the hype involved in the beauty industry. It perpetuates average woman's fears in a way that makes them feel ashamed of them. Obviously, there is a lot of money to made in the industry. For example, the film says that $1,927,000,000 was spent on diet products. This is a huge industry. When a sign of weakness is found, the media really exploits it in a way that keeps its investors and sponsors in the industry paid. Celebrities just become another marketing tool that allows the media and its sponsors to tap into the minds of the every day consumer. So much attention is paid to the beauty of celebrities. When one particularly loved celebrity endorses a product, that product can often sell like wildfire because people assume that is the reason that celebrity looks so amazing all of the time. In reality, that celebrity has a full team of full time make up artists, hair stylists, and so on, to make them look flawless at every available moment. The product alone does nothing to increase the beauty or mystery associated with celebrities and their image. It is the financial head sof the beauty industry that use celebrities to exploit…

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Oscar De La Renta

Oscar de la Renta is one of the most successful and long-lived designers in the fashion industry. He was born on July 22, 1932 in the Dominican Republic, and at a young age took to painting. The masters Cristobal Balenciaga and Antonio Castillo trained him at age 18 in Spain. He first rose to fame during the 1960s; when First…

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Africa Fashion Week NY

So here we go. Adiat Disu is the founder, chief communications officer at Adiree PR & Communications, and the director of Africa Fashion Week. Most importantly, Adiat is a tireless ambassador -- the wind beneath the wings -- of African fashion entrepreneurs, and she is always focused on positioning entrepreneurs for success and contributing to economic growth in Africa through fashion. The synergy between Adiat's business acumen and passion for fashion has been widely recognized. She shared the stage with Diane van Furstenberg when speaking to African Women Delegates at the United Nations, during the African Women Entrepreneurship Program. Following Hillary Clinton's keynote address, Adiat spoke about the challenges and opportunities of competing globally to African Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Washington D.C. Adiat's trajectory from the diaspora to one of New York City's movers and shakers in fashion has covered in mainstream media by CNN, Forbes magazine, the L.A. Times, and the Washington Post, and by Arise TV and Black Enterprise. Prepare to be awed by Adiat's incredible story and her commitment to changing consumer thoughts and behavior towards Africa. Award-winning David Tlale will focus the Celebrity Spotlight on design and the launching of a brand. In 2003, David won the Elle New Talent in South Africa contest, and after collecting many industry awards, he is back as a judge for Elle. David has been named Best Designer by the Sunday Times in South Africa, appointed "Head Designer for Carducci Woman" under the House of Monatic Group in Cape Town South Africa, and was selected as one of only four young South African fashion designers to present their collection during Paris Couture week. David was voted Most Stylish Designer at the South African Style Awards, voted Mzansi's South Africa's Star Designer of the year, and nominated for the Mercedes-Benzes Fashion and Art Awards. Clearly, David Tiale is recognized as a global design force, and his conversations with us will be as unforgettable as his long list of nominations and accolades. A.O. Solomon will speak about faith, inspiration, and motivation. As the founder of Shadow of the Almighty Ministries, Solomon is a spiritual guide to thousands, with a ministry that has grown into ten branches across the United States, and a prayer-line with a worldwide presence, that ministers to more than seven thousand participants daily. Solomon was born and raised in Nigeria, where he grew up in a Muslim…

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Fashion Entrepreneurship

¶ … fashion entrepreneurship is all about and why I am fitting for the course. Fashion entrepreneurship consists of initiating a fashion enterprise, venture, or idea, and assuming accountability and responsibly for the outcome and risks. To me, such a job indicates a courageous, responsible, and hardworking individual, and, I believe, that my resume will prove to you that I…

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Designer Story

Designer Story Now the Whole Team Here: How David Tlale Started from the Bottom and Worked His Way to the Runways The Future Accountant David Tlale thought he would become an accountant, specializing in internal auditing. It was something he just happened to be good at, never mind the lack of passion. He hadn't yet found anything that turned him on, so he did what came naturally to him. That was, until his life changed. At Tshwane University, David started hanging out with what he calls the "crazy fashion students." Their suitcases full of sketches and fabrics intrigued him, and David wanted to learn more. The more he learned, the more he knew that fashion was his life's passion and purpose. Fashion, not accounting, was going to be David's future career. Changing Courses The shift from accounting to fashion design did not flow well for David. He transferred from Tshwane to Vaal University, entering a four-year fashion design program. His first year, he was just an average student. Yet year by year he improved, putting tremendous pressure on himself to achieve the highest status of being named best student based on an annual fashion show. This inner drive and determination is what propelled David Tlale into the big leagues. Those Who Can't Do, Teach David had the opportunity to earn both money and experience teaching basic design at Vaal. The teaching gig started first when one of the lecturers took maternity leave. From there, David remained an instructor for nearly five years before he realized he was starting to fall into a rut. He wanted to design, not teach. In 2003, he quit teaching with hardly any savings. With an ambition to build a brand, David left home and started to do it: he started to make dresses for money. He designed anything……

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Successfully Distribute His Fashions in the United

¶ … successfully distribute his fashions in the United States, Kleinaci should enter into an exclusive agreement with a major up-market department store. Lloyd and Llewellyn is an upscale and well-established up-market department store which is conveniently located in the heart of the city. L & L, as affectionately termed by the esteemed in the fashion industry, is frequented by the rich, the famous, and those seeking to experience fashion at its best. Given that Kleinaci has already established a brand image as a forerunner in the fashion industry, L & L. is a logical venue for the distribution of his highly exclusive and elite designs since L & L. likewise upholds a similar brand image. Accordingly, through an agreement with L & L, Kleinaci would not only establish a distribution channel which serves his segment of the market, but he would reinforce the brand identity which he has worked diligently to establish for the past few seasons on the runway in Europe. Indeed, according to Laura Lake (2010), establishing and maintaining a particular brand image which appeals to a particular consumer base is a critical component of longevity in the fashion industry. A partnership with L & L. provides Kleinaci with a ready-made and established distribution channel as well as an opportunity to introduce and reinforce the brand image and identity it has already established in Europe with a similar segment of the United States market as well. Additionally, pursuant to Julie Toscano Sequeira of Forbes magazine (Sequeira, 2009), it is critical for entrepreneurs to think outside the box when it comes to finding a niche and establishing a market. One of Kleinaci's concerns might be that an exclusive upscale store might reinforce an upscale brand image; however, it might also limit the profit margin possible in the United States market because the store targets the privileged as opposed to the masses. According to Sequeira, this should not be the sole consideration in the beginning analysis, rather one should look at the speed of entering the market, the affordability of entering the market, and the likelihood of connecting directly with consumers. In this case, an upscale department store which is already established provides a ready-made and immediate place for his fashion; and, moreover, in this distribution channel, given the popularity and traffic of L&L on any given day, there is a built-in guarantee that consumers will be exposed to…

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Dress Review: David Tlale David

The dress is meant to symbolize fire, one of the side-effects of climate change. However, in addition to its symbolic importance, it also has a rare quality of merging the sophisticated with the primal in its colors and lines. It is simple and flattering yet also volcanically sexual. Indeed, Tlale says that he deliberately draped the chiffon to make it appear like an overflow of volcano, while the metallic fabric and coins represent dried-up ash. Tlale says that he designs his dresses to be worn by women of all body types. That is why Tlale's design process is highly organic -- the dress was never sketched, but rather built through trial and error. Tlale lets the fabric become what it wants to be, just as he hopes his dresses allow women to be all they want to……

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CO Chanel Today, the Term

Dissatisfied with this "New Look," Coco Chanel emerged from retirement and, at age 71, returned to design. The result was one of the most enduring of all Chanel designs -- the Chanel suit. Her focus was to create clothing that was comfortable for the wearer and still pleasing to the eye of the beholder (Haedrich, p.18). Chanel's first anti-New Look…

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Emerging Fashion Designers in Turkey

Turkish Designers It has been argued that the Turkish designers can be considered which conceives beauty as a universal coordinate. However, one should ask himself if there is any way that these designers can be identified as a group through the ethnic characteristics of their works. We have already seen that they bring numerous elements from their cultural background into…

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Fashion and Identity

For example, women who dress in the style of Audrey Hepburn (circa Breakfast at Tiffany's) are not just communicating their love of little black dresses, but are also expressing an even deeper desire to have a "fly by night" lifestyle of the socialite Holly Golightly in the most carefree and irreverent manner. As this paper has demonstrated, clothes and fashion don't just allow one a certain level of social distinction with which to connect their identity, they are also used as a means of asserting one's inclusion or popularity within a given social group. "To follow a fashion is to imitate the norm so that outsiders (such as those wearing sundresses) feel uncomfortable while the outsiders enjoy the feeling of inclusion" (Dant, 1999: 87). Thus, fashion becomes another way of expressing one's right to socialize with a certain group of people, or one's right to receive a certain level of treatment. Fashion thus allows one to assert one's identity as either cool or popular or "with it" and hip. These are all ways which are modes of expressing value on oneself, much like the hip hop artists who cover themselves in luxury items and bling. Fashion and the connection with identity can also manifest as a means of demonstrating one's differentness. Thus, in this manner, one dresses differently than the norm as a means of expressing one's own uniqueness; once the masses start to copy this particular mode of style, the fashion no longer becomes fashionable and desirable (Entwistle, 2000). Thus, fashion in terms of identity can be expressed with this level of duality: it can at once be used as a means of inclusion to a desirable social group: this is often when fashion is used in connection to class, something which is nearly inescapable in terms of fashion (Kaiser, 2014). Alternatively, it can also be used as a means for differentiating oneself from others as more important or more desirable, stamping oneself with the mark of the extraordinary. Thus, this paper has sought to demonstrate the very hard and fast connection between fashion and one's personal identity. Essentially, fashion is a very strong means of expressing one's personal identity, along with a projection of where one is from and one's cultural background. Like all things, these aspects can be adjusted and tweaked to demonstrate the aspect of the self that one wishes to set forth over others. Fashion…

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Fashion, Appearance, and Social Identities "Tyranny of

Fashion, Appearance, And Social Identities "Tyranny of the Ideal Image of Beauty": How Are Fashion and Appearance Central to the Construction of Social Identities Most western societies today are highly commercialized and capitalist where not only traditional commercial products are for sale, but also appearances, looks, fashion, and images. These nonmaterial products are sold to consumers through various means. Mass…

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Fashion and Technology

Fashion and Technology What kind of technology-driven fashion will your grandchildren's grandchildren be walking around wearing? Will your family's future offspring of the female persuasion be wearing spray-on dresses featuring unlimited style color coordinating options in the year 2030? Will her best friends have cellphone bracelets and will their boyfriends sport fashionable eyewear that also serve as live video monitors…

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Fashion and Appearance Central to the Construction

¶ … FASHION and APPEARANCE CENTRAL to the CONSTRUCTION of SOCIAL IDENTITIES? The objective of this work is to answer the question of how is fashion and appearance central to the construction of social identities and to present a discussion that includes reference to specific examples. The literature examined in this study clearly indicates that fashion and appearance are central to the construction of social identities. For example, the work of Christopher Breward (1999) entitled; "The Hidden Consumer: Masculinities, Fashion and City Life in 1860-1914" states that the study of "...masculinities, fashion and urban culture is rarely addressed in the same work since the dominant wisdom has long held that consumption was a feminine enterprise and that pre-War British and American men were reluctant consumers at best." (Breward, 1999) It is the belief of Breward the male clothing and fashion in the late-Victorian era effectively "provided a creative space for masculine contestation and innovation and that male fashion consumptions positioned consuming men at the forefront of the modernization process that Britain was undergoing at the dawn of the twentieth century. Breward's work first conducts an examination of "the color, cut and texture of clothing available to middle-class and aristocratic consumers" with a focus on the demonstration of the "elaboration and elegant of pre-Victorian male beauty survived the austerity of Victorian moral rhetoric." (Breward, 1999) the remaining evidence of male fashion existing in "...popular novels, shop catalogues, trade directories, diaries and photographs are examined in Breward's work. The graphical reproduction of the retail fashion plates and advertisement "demonstrate the wide variety of elegant clothing and fashion accessories available to Victorian men, and his examination of how men's clothing was discussed in popular novels, men's periodicals and diaries" indicates how prominent fashionable looks was in the mind of the Victorian Englishmen. I. SOCIAL AGENDA of FASHION - a DEPENDENT NATURE The work of Diana Crane entitled: "Fashion and Its Social Agendas" states that fashionable clothes are used to make statements about social class and social identity, but their principal messages are about the ways in which women and men perceive their gender roles or are expected to perceive them." (Crane, 2001) Crane states that fashionable clothes in the nineteenth century "generally expressed the gender roles of upper-class women." (2001) the class structures had a differential effect on women in the nineteenth century in that fashion "had elements of social control..." exemplifying 'the…

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Fashion Ready to Wear Surprisingly, Ready-Made or

Fashion Ready to Wear Surprisingly, ready-made or ready-to-wear clothing stems back to the Civil War, although such designs were in short supply at that time. The growth of manufacturing production, the advertising industry, urban professionals, and chain stores and mail order catalogs that allowed countrywide availability enhanced the development of ready-made apparel. Throughout the 20th century, many international haute couture designers, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Pierre Balmain, Geoffrey Beene and Kishore Biyani began transposing their fashions for the ready-to-wear market and created an industry of mass merchandising. Ready-to-wear collections are not custom made and are standard sized, which makes them more suitable for larger productions. Ready-to- wear collections consist of a normally represent a certain theme or perspective and to make a fashion statement. They are branded and sold in stores for the mass public marketplace. One of the first designers following this mode was Elsa Schiaparelli. Born in Rome Italy in 1890, she studied philosophy and then moved to the United States and worked as a film scriptwriter. In 1920, Schiaparelli went to Paris and designed and wore a black sweater knitted with a white bow. An American store saw this design and asked for an order, and her ready-to-wear business took off with hundreds of knitters producing the fashions. Schiaparelli's designs were innovative and very popular with their use of bright colors, often pink, and her imaginative use of conventional fabrics, zippers and very unusual hats and shoes. Many of her notable designs were based on the inspirations of her friends, who included Christian Berard, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dal', such as a summer dress with lobsters. She brought attention to detail in all her ready-to-wear collections and comical additions, such as embroidered add-ons, odd buttons and complex zipper patterns. She was one of the first women designers to license out her name, so it could be associated with mass produced clothing, such as hats, nylons, perfumes and tartans (Who's Who in the Twentieth Century 1999). Fashion designer Pierre Balmain, was born in St. Jean de Maurienne, Savoie, France, in 1914. After receiving his degree in architecture, he freelanced as an illustrator and assistant designer and was trained, as was Christian Dior, by two of the most well-known designers of the time, Molyneux and Lucien Lelong. He opened his own haute couture house right after the end of World War II in Paris and remained its director until…

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Fashion Knockoffs

Business Fashion Knockoffs: Perils and Prevention in a Global Industry What's in a name? Quite a lot, if it is the name of an author, artist, musician, or inventor. A wide range of artistic creations and commercial products sell much better if they are produced by talented and recognized individuals. Creative minds spend weeks, months, even years, coming up with…

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Welcoming the Metro Sexual Male

The line between gay and straight blurred as a result. It was no longer taboo for a straight man to obsess over his body, his looks, his overall presentation. Now, he the straight man is expected to cultivate sex appeal, style, and fashion sense. Meanwhile, two competing strains of women's beauty appear in the marketplace -- one, the "sexy" Victoria's Secret type of beauty; the other, the "realistic" woman. However, the fact that the "realistic" woman is played for jokes by comics like Mindy Kaling suggests that "realism" is not exactly an ideal. Mindy Kaling portrayed Kelly Kapoor in the hit sitcom The Office. Her facial features are wide and heavy. Her skin is dark. She is the opposite of what one might find on a Victoria's Secret runway. And yet she has charmed audiences with her "realistic" sense of humor. Lena Dunham has done the same. She first caught the eye of produce Judd Apatow after starring in her feature film Tiny Furniture. Apatow was drawn to the realism which she brought to her character on screen. Under Apatow's guidance she created another comedic universe, in which the "real" side of women might be shown. In the show Girls, Dunham plays Hannah Horvath, a twenty-something in Brooklyn, who learns life lessons the hard way, and who in no way measures up to the sex symbols typically found on the big and small screen. The charm of her character is that Hannah is a "real girl" -- not something fake or idealized. For men, the ideal appears to be shifting away from sturdiness of character towards perfection in terms of appearance. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy first brought massive attention to the idea that men could care about their appearance just as much as women. The popular comedy South Park devoted an entire episode to skewering the "metro sexual" male in 2003. In the episode, Stan, Cartman, Randy and many other characters in the small town of South Park, Colorado, get caught up in the wave of metro sexuality. The men and the boys all go from looking like their former, normal selves to looking like glam-dolls. Kyle tries to resist the temptation to alter his sense of style and sense of self, but the peer pressure to conform to the new metro sexual trend is almost too powerful. In the end, the women of South Park get sick…

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Fashion Photography Advertising in High End Women's Magazines

Fashion Photography Advertising in High- End Women's Magazines Typology: Fashion Photography in the Form of Advertising, for High-End Women's Magazines Table of Illustrations Literature survey: Origins / history / theory of fashion photography advertising in high-end magazines Recent Developments of Fashion Photography Advertising Case Studies .10 Appendix of Illustrations. Table of Illustrations Helmut Newton, "Rue Aubriot," Vogue France. Paris 1975…

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Fashion Leaders There Are so Many Different

Fashion Leaders There are so many different trends and tastes in the many cultures and subcultures that make up popular culture today, it can be difficult to pick out individuals that can be considered overall "leaders" in fashion, or in any other area of aesthetics and art such as music, visual art, etc. For that reason, I attempted to pick individuals that display a somewhat eclectic representation of the current trends in fashion for my collage of today's fashion leaders, using different designers and fashion icons that show a range of different tastes and styles while all unequivocally demonstrating modern and forward-thinking attitudes when it comes to the clothes they wear. The fact that I don't even like some of the particular fashion statements that I have included in the collage tells me that I have done my job in this regard, and I believe I have compiled a fairly accurate, comprehensive, and objective collection of today's individual fashion leaders. Mary Kate Olsen, Miley Cyrus, and Ashley Greene demonstrate fairly different fashion sensibilities in the picture I selected to incorporate in my collage, but they all represent the young Hollywood look(s) that receive so much attention. Miley Cyrus has spoken to interviewers about the need to always try and look "cute" even in a set of "comfy" sweats; it is this sensibility as well as her immersion in the moneyed world of Hollywood that makes her one of today's fashion leaders (Sassi Sam 2010). Ashley Greene is more of an overnight sensation than Miley Cyrus, with her "casual and feminine style" appealing to many after her role in Twilight, and she wears very diverse outfits that help keep her current yet effortlessly stylish (Daily Fashion and Style 2010). Mary Kate Olsen has been a star almost her entire life, with an immersion in Hollywood glamour similar to Miley Cyrus, but the fact that this Olsen twin is also a designer is what really makes her a leader in today's fashion world (Hall 2006). Ciara, Rihanna, and Sean Combs (or Puff Daddy, P-Diddy, or whatever it is he goes by these days) all came into the fashion world not through the acting world, but rather through the music industry. This origin is largely reflected in their fashion styles, I believe; Rihanna definitely has a hip-hop/R&B flair in most of the outfits she dons, despite the rapidly changing and……

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Joy Luck Club or Barbie

Barbie as an Online Tool of Consumer Culture The appearance of the fashion doll Barbie has visually changed since her earliest incarnations. During the 1950s and 60s, Barbie was originally modeled upon a German 'adult' cartoon image with slanted eyes, a highly stylized image, and 'merry widow' corset proportions. Today, Barbie looks more like a fun, California girl-next-door, with a…

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Fashion and Identity Fashion, Culture, and Personal

Fashion and Identity Fashion, Culture, and Personal Identity Culture is a complex phenomenon. Any gathering of human beings develops its own culture given enough time; this can be observed on both macro and micro levels. In the study of history and art, scholars speak of Roman culture or Western culture as a way of referring to the broad and generalized…

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Effects of the Environmental Movement on the Fashion Industry

¶ … environmental movement and the fashion industry. Specifically it will discuss the public's opinion on green products, and how this affects the fashion industry. The fashion industry depends on public opinion, and recently, public opinion has begun to shift toward an interest in green, eco-friendly products, and this includes the fashion industry. Thus, the fashion industry is becoming more…

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Sponsorship Proposal

Pana Fete the Red Carpet Lookbook for Africa About Pana Fete is an annual fundraising gala in New York City. Hailed as the premier red carpet lookbook for Africa's most acclaimed fashion designers, Pana Fete features an exclusive list of designers showcasing a wide range of spectacular dresses and gowns, from traditional African styles to the most daring looks in modern African fashion. Each year the presenters of Pana Fete display several thematic fashion exhibits, representing an exclusive list of leading African-born designers and contributors from the continent's worldwide diaspora. Pana Fete is the most highly anticipated gala event in the world of African fashion and design, and by actively fundraising for a selected charitable organization that focuses on promoting the African fashion industry, the organizers of Pana Fete work to ensure that future generations will appreciate and enjoy the fashion of Africa. Pana Fete 2013 Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art, the Pana Fete will shine the spotlight on five featured designers from across Africa: Korto Momolu of Liberia, Peter Walden of Tanzania, Mahlet Afework of Ethiopia, and Vanessa Mukasa of Uganda. Each of these globally acclaimed designers represents a different aspect of Africa's fashion sensibilities, with Korto Momolu bringing the styles of Liberia to the hit television series Project Runway, and contributing to her homeland through her charitable organization Gracie's Gift. The Tanzanian-born Peter Walden will be showcasing his signature brand of men's suits, Perfect Gentleman by PSW, and Ethiopia's Mahlet Afework will offer glimpses into the new line from Mafi, the fashion brand she created at the age of 18 to modernize the beauty of her native land's traditional garments. The visual presentation and fashion exhibition explores African fashion and offers guests an opportunity to meet with designers and view garments up-close. Proceeds from the event will benefit United Colors of Fashion (UCOF), a New York City-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to educate and mentor under resourced youth about the fashion industry through hands-on training.……

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Fashion Blogger Cairo: Heba Elkayal

Al Saidi's blog speaks to people beyond her own country and her own culture. She even has a picture of a woman in a Mickey Mouse sweater opening up the limits of what is considered to be fashion and this appeals to the people in Beirut and outside the nation as well. Even people who do not speak the language of people from Beirut will understand what she is trying to explain in her pictures and the modern style of the people of her land. [2: Deema J. Al Saidi. "Plush Beirut." Blogger, 2013. Accessed March 16, 2013. http://www.plush-beirut.net/] Kuwait: Noor Khraibut is a fashion blogger in Kuwait who focuses primarily on the work of Kuwaiti designers. She supports and encourages people to buy from many designer brands. Most of the designers she covers are from Kuwait, but she also promotes designers from outside Kuwait.[footnoteRef:3] In addition to this, she shows pictures from the behind the scenes of fashion, like what happens inside a factory. Within fashion there is this idea that it only concerns beautiful models and perfect designers. Showing this other side of fashion allows people to look at the industry in another way. There are unglamorous sides to the fashion industry. [3: Noor Khraibut. "Addicted Fashionista: Kuwaiti Fashion Junky for the Conscious." Blogger. Accessed March 16, 2013. http://addicted-fashionista.blogspot.com/] Works Cited Al Saidi, Deema J. "Plush Beirut." Blogger, 2013. Accessed March 16, 2013. http://www.plush-beirut.net/ Elkayal, Heba. "Heba Elkayal." 2011. Accessed March 16, 2013. http://hebaelkayal.tumblr.com/ Khraibut, Noor. "Addicted Fashionista: Kuwaiti Fashion Junky for the Conscious." Blogger. Accessed March 16, 2013. http://addicted-fashionista.blogspot.com/…

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Fashion Pick of the Week "Death Becomes

Fashion Pick of the Week "Death Becomes Her," the Costume Institute's latest feature exhibition, launched just in time for Halloween but will continue to haunt you until it dies Feb 1, 2015. A rare peek at the attire of mourning, "Death Becomes Her" features mourning attire from 1815 to 1915. Although the exhibition would have been strengthened by the addition of multi-cultural mourning attire, as it stands, "Death Becomes Her" delves deep into the evolution of attitudes and customs surrounding death in Anglo society. Highlights of the exhibit include mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Don your best black and don't miss it. "Death Becomes Her," (2014). Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved online: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/death-becomes-her Also on the Horizon The Fashion Institute of Technology is hosting one of the more captivating exhibitions of the season with "Dance and Fashion," an exploration of the interface between these two linked arts. Fashion designers have been as influenced by dance as choreographers and dancers have been inspired by the costumes they wear. Organized by Valerie Steele, a wide range of dance forms and their costumes will be on display at the FIT until January 3, 2015. Reference: Fashion Institute of Technology (2014). Dance and Fashion. Retrieved online: http://www.fitnyc.edu/336.asp FREE! Garment District Walking Tours They say the best things in life are free, but few freebies are to be found in our fair city. Fear no more! Mike's NYC Tours offers free -- you read that right -- free! -- tours of the garment district. Led by Mike Kadback himself, the tours……

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Should Underweight Model Size 0 Be Used for Fashion Show and Magazine Ads

Size Zero Debate The size zero and subzero body image is an enduring image that has pervaded the media off and on since the 1960s, with the popularity of the size zero (maybe even subzero) model and actress Twiggy. The debate regarding using such women, in a natural state or not, meaning they are simply small by nature or they…

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Frances Influence on Europe and the Rest of the World

France THE INFLUENCE of FRANCE on EUROPE and the WORLD As the official language of twenty-two nations, French is currently spoken by almost 200 million people worldwide and is considered as the official second language of such nations as Belgium, Canada, Haiti, Switzerland, and Monaco; it is also a major language in many nations located in Sub-Saharan Africa like Cameroon,…

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How Entrepreneurship Impacts the Creative Industries

¶ … Entrepreneurship The psychological shift associated with intellectual knowledge having value has created, a sincere interest in the manner in which knowledge in addition to goods are transferred and more importantly valued. For this reason the creative industries have become a point of interest for research and even legitimization in law and standard. What was once a paten system…

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Luella Macro Environment PESTEL

Luella- • Macro environment: PESTEL Macroenvironment - Technological, Environmental, Legal The technological environment is characterized by numerous developments which support organizations in increasing their operational efficiency and reducing costs. These technologies are often expensive and using them requires additional investments, but which generate a beneficial return. Advancements have been made relative to textile manufacturing and sewing, blends of new fibres, but also in terms of selling the products, such as online stores and the creation of the virtual community (Weston-Thomas). In terms of environment, modifications occurred in the meaning of better protecting the natural habitats. This impacts the fashion industry by generating a focus and demand for clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories not made from animal leather. As a result, the environmental concerns focus on increasing the amount of synthetic leather used. This is rather challenging due to the functional limitation of synthetic fabrics, as well as the consumer's preference for animal leather. The fashion industry subjects to the same legislation as……

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Identity Loss at Risk

Western Beauty Ideals: A Cultural Change Perspective The Realities of a Global Village When Marshall McLuhan introduced the concept of the 'global village' in his 1967 work The Medium is the Message, he established a precedent that still rings true decades after (Martens, Dreher, and Gaston 575). The world as a 'global village' is a metaphor that has never been…

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East Meets West: Oriental Influence on Western

East Meets West: Oriental Influence on Western Fashion Clothing is rarely recognized as a political force, yet fashion and design may be one of the most internationally regarded forms of trade, communication, and influence among countries worldwide. Perhaps more than any other form of shared knowledge, fashion permeates the boundaries of nations to influence the styles of people everywhere. According…

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Art of Helmut Newton and

Photography was as carefully elaborated as painting, and the artists took long time to determine the proper angle, pose, lighting and arrangement of the scene. The contrast between the gray shades was vital and everything had to be set especially to favor the model, make her stand out and capture the viewer's eye, without distracting their attention or stealing their…

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Low Weight and Runway Model

This is a condition that makes them harmful for them (Hill). 2. Another disadvantage is that in the race for losing weight, the models usually cross the desired line of thinness and reach at a level of weakness rather than being smart. This has an adverse effect as these models get a break in their career for being too thin rather than getting fame. They tend to slip out of the runway modeling. The fashion industry hasn't changed since long. Its demands and requirements if not increased, have been religiously the way they were earlier. As we see the inner details of the industry, we see that it is a truth of life that models have always been thin and young regardless of the country they are in. The difference only is that, until in recent times, people understood that models were working women doing a job. This is no recreation for them. They make many sacrifices, leaving home, affecting family life. Not to mention, not eating much, and given a reward for this (Ebony). This seems very peculiar an seeing the lives of these models, the glamour they have, the fame they receive, makes any human being wish for a life like that of theirs. But on the other offer, if we consider the toughness of their work we feel that nobody in their right mind wants to be these women. They definitely appreciate them in the pages of a glossy magazine and venerate the clothes they wear, but eventually they forget about them and get on with their lives. Models occupy the same obscure stratosphere as the movie stars do. Besides to blame the fashion industry solely for what is a shared problem is clearly not going to overcome these problematic issues. We need to focus more closely on the society primarily ourselves. We should realize how we are so insecure as to believe in starvation as prime indicator of beauty. Furthermore, we should think about how we seem to have entirely lost our touch with the idea that what shines is not always gold. There are people who do not seem as they actually are. Their interiors are more significant than what is on the exterior. Therefore it is important to recognize that by appreciating them for reducing appetite is an objectionable act on the part of the onlookers (Law). There have been laws for regulating the…

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