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
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:
- 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.
Textile design refers to the art of process of designing the different structures and looks of different textiles, or fabrics.
Although they may seem quite similar to the untrained eye, the majority of textiles have quite a few different characteristics. Some textiles may be made from a single type or a blend of natural or synthetic fibers, for instance. These fibers are also usually fused together differently. Some are woven together, while others may be knitted together.
Textiles come in a wide range of different colors and patterns, and it is also the textile designer’s job to determine what type of design a certain fabric should have, and how that look will be achieved. Prints on fabrics can be created with dye or screen printing, or they can be created by using different colored fibers when the fabric is being woven or knitted together.