You often hear of the design aspect of the field and see the fashion shows that are hosted by producers and designers, but many neglect the fact that there is a fashion merchandising field that has many sophisticated and exciting career paths as well.
In the fashion industry, intellectual property is not enforced as it is within the film industry and music industry. Robert Glariston, an intellectual property expert, mentioned in a fashion seminar held in LA[which?] that “Copyright law regarding clothing is a current hot-button issue in the industry. We often have to draw the line between designers being inspired by a design and those outright stealing it in different places.” To take inspiration from others’ designs contributes to the fashion industry’s ability to establish clothing trends. For the past few years, WGSN has been a dominant source of fashion news and forecasts in encouraging fashion brands worldwide to be inspired by one another. Enticing consumers to buy clothing by establishing new trends is, some have argued, a key component of the industry’s success. Intellectual property rules that interfere with this process of trend-making would, in this view, be counter-productive. On the other hand, it is often argued that the blatant theft of new ideas, unique designs, and design details by larger companies is what often contributes to the failure of many smaller or independent design companies.
This was the kind of collection that deserves to be attached to the word iconic, and that makes sense you know that the whole glamorous affair was a tribute to Gianni Versace at the 20-year mark of his untimely death. His bold vision and original supermodels came back to the fore once more, thanks to his sister, Donatella Versace’s, creative direction. Jaws dropped to the floor. Shopping lists were supercharged. Stylists and A-lists will have to fight it out for samples to wear before the collection lands in stores next year. And we all remembered a time when supermodels really were quite super—just look at Naomi, Eva, Carla, Cindy and Claudia resplendent in gold chainmail, below.
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The Mods’ lifestyle and musical tastes were the exact opposite of their rival group, known as the Rockers. The rockers liked 1950s rock-and roll, wore black leather jackets, greased, pompadour hairstyles, and rode motorbikes. The look of the Mods was classy. They mimicked the clothing and hairstyles of high fashion designers in France and Italy, opting for tailored suits that were topped by anoraks. They rode on scooters, usually Vespas or Lambrettas. Mod fashion was often described as the City Gent look. The young men incorporated striped boating blazers and bold prints into their wardrobe. Shirts were slim, with a necessary button down collar accompanied by slim fitted pants. Levi’s were the only type of jeans worn by Modernists.
The swimsuits and tops, offered by Garrett Neff, Katama’s founder, are amicably retro. Mr. Neff named his label after Katama Bay in Massachusetts, where he spent his childhood summers. July 12, 9 to 10 a.m., Grand Banks, Pier 25.
Young Boy in Green Suit attributed to the Beardsley Limner. Oil on canvas. Probably New England, ca. 1790. The boy wears the suit and shirt with large open collar fasionable at the time. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, 64.100.4.
Sam Linder and Kirk Millar, who own the boutique Linder in SoHo, ventured into women’s wear in February. It seemed like a natural progression for a brand known for its experimental men’s wear. July 13, 1 p.m., 237 East 18th Street
By senior year, Westbrook had sprouted to 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, and become the starting point guard. But he wasn’t heavily recruited by major schools. Only when UCLA lost its star shooting guard in the 2006 NBA draft did the school’s coach, Ben Howland, make a late scholarship offer that Westbrook accepted. Even then, he was a bit different. He chose “0” for his uniform number and studied fashion blogs and magazines. “In college, a lot of kids don’t do this,” he says, “but I enjoyed dressing up and going to class and getting good grades. Nobody paid much attention then.” They do now, though Westbrook would probably still spend an hour dressing before heading to a game, cycling through four or five outfits, even if they didn’t.
“Women who once bought strapless dresses with a little skirt are now buying evening gowns with sleeves and high necks,” said Claire Distenfeld, the owner of Fivestory, the destination boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “Four seasons ago we couldn’t sell a blouse, and now everyone wants a blouse. Young women who used to come in and buy Balmain’s nonexistent dresses are leaving with knee-length skirts with a sweater or blouse by Emilia Wickstead.”
Meanwhile, President Lyndon Johnson had his own beef with Europe. The advent of commercial jet travel had made foreign vacations an affordable option for Americans. In 1967, 3.3 million Americans vacationed abroad, while only 1.5 million foreign tourists visited the U.S. The president hoped to stem this so-called dollar drain by encouraging Americans to spend their vacation budgets on domestic travel. His “Discover America” program, launched in April 1967, aimed to give the American economy an estimated $26 billion per year boost.
Merchandising also refers to the necessary preparation that must be completed in order to ensure that the merchandise is accessible and appealing to the customers. You have to attract the customer to the product!
Fashion design is generally considered to have started in the 19th century with Charles Frederick Worth who was the first designer to have his label sewn into the garments that he created. Before the former draper set up his maison couture (fashion house) in Paris, clothing design and creation was handled by largely anonymous seamstresses, and high fashion descended from that worn at royal courts. Worth’s success was such that he was able to dictate to his customers what they should wear, instead of following their lead as earlier dressmakers had done. The term couturier was in fact first created in order to describe him. While all articles of clothing from any time period are studied by academics as costume design, only clothing created after 1858 is considered as fashion design.
The fashion industry has been the subject of numerous films and television shows, including the reality show Project Runway and the drama series Ugly Betty. Specific fashion brands have been featured in film, not only as product placement opportunities, but as bespoke items that have subsequently led to trends in fashion.
Boy’s Frock or Gown. Striped coral and green silk and linen, bodice and sleeves lined with linen, probably England, 1740-1750. The waist measures 20 inches and the overall length is 27 inches. 1952-335.
In general, urban Indian men imitated Western fashions such as the business suit. This was adapted to India’s hot tropical climate as the Nehru suit, a garment often made from khadi that typically had a mandarin collar and patch pockets. From the early 1950s until the mid 60s, most Indian women maintained traditional dress such as the gagra choli, sari, and churidar. At the same time as the hippies of the late 60s were imitating Indian fashions, however, some fashion conscious Indian and Ceylonese women began to incorporate modernist Western trends. One particularly infamous fad combined the miniskirt with the traditional sari, prompting a moral panic where conservatives denounced the so-called “hipster sari” as indecent.
I love the 40’s, the clothes, the music, the movies. I was born in 53, so I didn’t live it. My mom was a classy dresser and I always looked through family albums to see how they dressed. I especially love the men’s suits and ties. So wish I could find some vintage suits. In high school, when given the opportunity to play in Stage Band, I jumped on it because they played a lot of the big band tunes. That still remains my favorite memories of high school.
With a duty to work, volunteer or manage a household by oneself, women needed a handbag that carried more than the small 1930s clutches. Day bags were inspired my military service messenger bags with long shoulder straps that were carried over the shoulder or across the body when riding a bike. For something prettier, a large (at least 12 inches) flat envelope purse in plain black or brown leather or plastic held a woman’s growing collection of beauty products. The ruched or scallop treatment on bags is an iconic style of this decade.