Fashion and Textile Design

Fashion is our world. Directing yourself towards it would be something of great fun. We are living in such kind of society where people are much more conscious about their looks than inner instinct. And with looks, it simply means how attractive you look in your outfit and accessories. Fashion and textile design world includes everything from clothes to accessories etc which is used by everyone for gaining attraction.

Both Fashion and textile design are popular in terms of every kind of industry. In shoe industry, its textile of some variety and in house, textile is of another type. Streams are many and fashion styling is also much to explore. Different companies are dealing with different stuff. There is no such are of expertise but is subdivided into all aspects equally. Clothing too can be included in this only as fashion today is much more into it.

One can see fabric of cotton, jute, silk and tricot. All are different stuff in textile and much of more variety is introduced each day under this which defines fashion statement. One can see a huge variety of silk saris, suits and other clothing material. Apart from them, silk blankets, pillow covers, bead sheets etc.

We have taken this just as an example to explain the textile industry. What us further sub categorized is the fashion stream in which you have different colors to select, patterns, designs which get popular according to the market.

Fashion and textile design industry is attracting more and more people towards itself. The industry is a huge one and people who all are on the initial stages of their careers often choose it as we all know that fashion is an ongoing process which gets flooded with more an more amount of money. The pool can move towards growth but can never get empty.

Anyone who’s willing to build a successful career in fashion and textile industry should be careful about the below points:

Handle the research part about the industry yourself: You should be careful about it and should understand the requirements and offering of the industry. Skills and jobs should be considered well in advance before you step into it.

Make sure you know everything about the raw material: Fashion and textile industry starts and ends on the material and fabric so you should have knowledge about the raw and well furnished material both to build in a good career.

Enroll in a degree course, if possible: Many people get into the industry by default may be through family business or assistance of the friends and colleagues. But the best way would be to learn the techniques through some reputed educational institution first and then start anything on your own.

Computer skills would be an added advantage: It is the demand of our society that success comes through online skills and knowledge so better equip you with all that required stuff.

Keep practicing whatever you learn: This is the best way of increasing knowledge.

Work for yourself: You should have that spirit that you are really willing to work and establish yourself. Fashion and textile design professionals are like that.

Rest you’ll learn for yourself, the moment you get started with this.

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Keeping Your Young Daughter Fashionable and Still Looking Like a Little Girl

When daughters are still young, it’s so fun to dress them. Little girl clothing is colorful and feminine. Yet somehow as young girls begin to grow many of them decide they want to look older than they are.

The media is partly to blame. The mainstream fashion industry doesn’t help. Short skirts, crop tops and provocative clothing can be found for even the youngest of toddlers. Is it possible to find fashionable clothing, clothing that lets your daughter celebrate looking and feeling good, while still looking like a little girl?

Absolutely!

Tips To Find Age Appropriate, And Fashionable, Clothing For Little Girls

· Embrace child friendly designers and stores. When shopping with your daughter, steer clear of the mainstream stores which tend to sell the big girl clothing. Smaller boutiques and stores which specialize in clothing specifically for little girls will have beautiful clothing for your daughter to choose from.

· Give her options and let her choose. Children as young as two or three can choose their own clothing. It gives them power, cultivates their own sense of fashion and creativity, and helps create a bond between you – rather than a battle. Choose a couple of outfits you think she’d like and give her the option to choose from those. This way you’re still in control however she feels like she has a say in what she wears.

· Help her find her style. Some little girls love to wear colorful frilly dresses while others prefer jeans and a t-shirt. Ask your young daughter what she likes to wear and why. Take her to a child friendly online store and ask her to show you the clothing she likes. Engaging in a discussion will help her and you learn her style personality.

· Accessorize. It’s the little things that sometimes make us feel the best about our appearance. A headband, a fun pair of tights, a fun bangle or necklace can really help a child feel good about how they look. And if your daughter is a hat wearer then they can really have fun with an outfit.

· Set a good example. It may sound obvious however children, especially young ones, tend to take their fashion cues from their parents. Now that doesn’t mean you have to wear polka dot tights and a frilly pink dress (unless you want to) however when you dress age appropriately and take pride in your appearance your daughter, believe it or not, will learn from you.

· Let go. Fill her closet with items she likes, and you approve of, and then let her have control over what she wears. There will likely be days when she walks out of her room wearing jeans and a flowery dress on top or yellow striped tights and a purple dress, smile and tell her she looks colorful and let her go. Little girls love to experiment with clothing, if you’re able to fill her wardrobe with items you approve of then you can relax and let her experiment to her heart’s content.

Bright colors, fun fabrics and patterns and a little freedom to choose what she likes will help your daughter to look fun and fashionable while still looking like the little girl she is. Find a few child friendly stores and give your daughter a bit of choice, you’ll both be glad you did.

80s Fashion and Fancy Dress – How and Where to Get Your Retro 80s Fashion and Cheap!

The awesome thing about dressing up in 80s fashion outfits, is that there are so many choices you can virtually mix and match elements with. Where do you start? What main elements consist of an 80s fashion outfit? Here’s a few ways that I have discovered, and best of all, the outfits are fantastic, authentic, and cost next to nothing!

Popular trends include fluro – neon, stone wash, acid wash denim, lace, mesh, lycra, polyester and don’t forget taffeta and satin for the 80s prom dresses.

Once you have an idea of what 80s styles you are looking for, your next best step, is to work out who, where and when you can get your 80s gear from. These are where you should score best for finding clothes worn in the 80s.

Family and friends: Parents, friends of the family, uncles and aunts.
Vintage and second hand clothes shops in your local area. I have found they have the best range, and are the cheapest for your authentic 80s clothing. Best buys include high waisted denim, stone wash denim, and fantastic/awful dresses. You’ll love it!
80s costume specialist online stores: The costume store links provided in the pages from 80s fashion Fancy Dress are brilliant. They have taken great care to find these wonderful stores, who provide that extra perfect something for your 80s costume or outfit. There are all sorts of 80s stuff, and quite cheap, too.
Costume jewellery stores. For the most of it, your accessories will be what brings your 80s costume to life. Leg warmers, lace ribbons, fingerless gloves, necklaces and dangley earrings. There’s a chance these may be hard to find. Do not worry though, like I said earlier, you will be able to buy plenty of 80s accessories online. Remember, finding 80s outfits and 80s costumes, is quite a bit like treasure hunting. Have fun with it! Don’t forget you can mix and match 80s outfits.

As we move into the tweenie teenies, there is evidence in music clips, magazines and movies, that it’s cool to have a fun and zany taste in fashion. Some commentators have put this down to the gloom of the financial crisis, and they may be right. Also, most of you would have heard about 80s themed parties by now. They are very popular, probably due to the really cool music, and fancy dress fun you can have. Are you hosting or attending an 80s fancy dress party?

Sustainability, Fashion and New York City

So what does sustainability have to do with fashion? We all wear clothes on a regular basis, so why not pick greener alternatives that are healthier for us and the Earth? Our everyday choices about what we buy and where to shop have a major effect on the environment, and it’s even more dramatic when we take into consideration everyone else who lives here. What we buy affects not only the demand for the Earth’s natural resources, but also how these resources are manufactured into products and how they are disposed. By learning about the costs of what we purchase, we can start making informed shopping decisions that will protect our planet.

The nonprofit Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP) defines eco-fashion as clothes “that take into account the environment, the health of consumers and the working conditions of people in the fashion industry.” I’ve learned through my research that cotton accounts for 10% of the world’s annual pesticide consumption, which costs about $4 billion annually worldwide according to Earth Pledge, an organization that partners with business, communities and government to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices such as green roofs, local agriculture and eco-fashion. Cotton is also among the world’s most heavily irrigated crops, in part because water runs quickly off fields where beneficial soil organisms such as earthworms have been exterminated (J.C. Ryan and A.T. Durning, “Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things,” p. 22-23). This has caused major water pollution, chronic illness in farm workers, and devastating impacts on wildlife. In the United States, cancer rates in states that produce cotton are significantly higher than in neighboring states that do not. The acidic chemicals used to process synthetic fabrics find their way into our rivers and streams, lowering the pH and destroying ecosystems. And according to World Health Organization estimates, one-third of the 500,000 to two million victims of agrochemical poisonings worldwide are cotton farmers. Leslie Hoffman, head of Earth Pledge’s FutureFashion Initiative, believes that sustainable fashion is within reach and need not limit the range and quality of products that designers can offer, from couture to sportswear to home furnishings. By promoting eco-friendly products such as organic cotton, organic wool, corn fibers, recycled fabrics, biopolymers, natural dyes to industry and consumers, we can prove that style and sustainability can coexist – creating market demand and improving our environment and health. Other materials such as bamboo and hemp are faster growing, more durable, and more renewable than conventional textiles. The Inter Press Service article “CULTURE-ITALY: Eco-Fashions Find a Place in Shop Windows” also argues that recycling is another important component of eco-fashion, “not only for protecting the environment, but also for promoting conservation in big companies or recuperating materials in developing countries.”

I was able to participate in a number of Earth Month events this past April in New York City. I attended “Turning Green” hosted by Teens for Safe Cosmetics, a league of extraordinary young women educating and inspiring awareness about potentially harmful ingredients in beauty and daily use products that may be linked to a number of health risks such as cancer. The event was presented by Whole Foods Market and consisted of an eco-fashion show and green spa displaying the latest sustainable, organic and green products. Eco-conscious fashion stylist Bahar Shahpar was able to showcase her works on the runway, where her designs use only ecologically sound materials [including natural buttons and unbleached organic cotton linings], minimizing waste and overall energy consumption in every instance possible. What’s even more interesting is that I managed to bump into Bahar at the second annual “Project Earth Day” event three weeks later. Presented by the EGBNY (which stands for Emerging Green Builders New York, and is part of the national US Green Building Council), the fashion show is dedicated to the promotion of green design and creating a platform for leaders – both present and future – in the design industry to bridge their environmentally-conscious ideas and developments together. Its eco-friendly venue was the Teknion Showroom, which played a key role in highlighting sustainable techniques such as the use of compact fluorescents for accent lighting at the bar.