Fashion Illustration is a medium in which creative expression can be given free rein and designers can explore ideas before the realities of budgets, fabrics, or physics intervene. Fashion designers’ sketches reveal inspiration as well as color and style. When learning to transfer ideas onto paper, designers are taught to find their own style. Each designer should have theier own unique design that sets their designs, or even their drawings, apart from any other designer. Nothing captures a fashion moment or mood quite like a designer’s first drawing for a dress.
Here are a few pictures of distinct fashion illustrations. (I couldn’t find many specific designer sketches.)
The term “haute couture” is French. Haute means “high” or “elegant”. Couture literally means “sewing”, but has come to indicate the business of designing, creating, and selling custom-made, high fashion women’s clothes. Made from scratch for each customer, haute couture clothing typically requires three fittings. It usually takes from 100 to 400 hours to make one dress, costing from $26,000 to over $100,000. A tailored suit starts at $16,000, an evening gown at $60,000.
During fashion’s “golden age,” after World War II, some 15,000 women wore couture. Socialites such as the Duchess of Windsor would order whole collections at a time. Despite the small market, designers maintain haute couture operations partly because the prestige helps sell other products, such as perfume, cosmetics, and their ready-to-wear lines available in stores.
Today only 2,000 women in the world buy couture clothes; 60% are American. Only 200 are regular customers. Often, designers will loan clothes to movie stars or other public figures for publicity.
When going to runway shows, people often just look at the beautifully created dresses and outfits. Rarely do people grovel over the astonishing accessories: from the extraordinary shoes to the unusual hats.
Hats are created and worn for a more dramatic effect on the runway.
Of course, Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted wearing this extravagant hat to the Sex and the City primere.
These shoes designed by Marc Jacobs are called the “Inverted Heel” with the heel under the arch of your foot, instead of on the actual heel.
WOW. This is a definitely a big difference to what we are used to seeing. British Designer Antonio Beradi designed these sky-high heels without any heel! It’s 5 1/2 inches off the ground…talk about scary!
Bow Blouse: The bow blouse is one of the biggest trends of the new season. Amira Casar wore hers with a graphic skirt. What do you think?
Lace: Maggie Gyllenhaal donned a lacy orange (orange lace!) dress from Jean Paul Gaultier for one of the raciest incarnations of lace this season. Is that a look you would wear?
Bold Necklace: Jennifer Missoni paired an earthy, bold necklace with a neutral top and simple hair: very chic! But are you ready to wear an statement necklace like this?
Ruffles: The ruffles on Cameron Diaz’ white minidress by Fendi were perfectly face-framing. Are you ready to try wearing feminine ruffles?
Studded Belt: Sarah Jessica Parker kicked off the studded belt trend with her vintage studded black belt for Sex and the City, the Movie. Mischa Barton’s version of studded belt pops on a solid black strapless dress. How would you wear one?
Gladiator Sandals: Gladiator sandals are one of the season’s hottest trends, but are you worried that you’ll look too much like Hercules?
There were so many beautiful, new and fresh looks from New York’s fashion week last fall. Every designer works so hard on each piece of clothing that gets presented on the runway during fashion week. However, there were a few looks that were…pretty out there. Here are a few:
Is this even considered a piece of clothing? How can the model see down the runway?
This garment looks like an Elle Woods Re-mix! There are way too many different colors of pink on this model! And maybe, next time, the fabric could be a little more modest.
Would you want your boyfriend wearing this? Or even your girlfriend?? I know that mixing patterns are in style, but I think this is just too much. I mean, look at his face! Even he is embarrassed to style this look.
It looks as if this model stepped out of Star Trek or Star Wars. Right down to the shoes and gloves.
I give credit to the color and the modernization, but I personally would not wear this even if I were a nun. There is way too much fabric on the pleated bottom half and the “foot-cuffs” don’t appeal to me much.