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The fashion collection Silhouette

A lot of elements are important to balance, when making a fashion collection such as fabrics, silhouette, colours, details, styling and so on, and it all starts with an excellent research. A research that feels fresh and is intuitive, while also being rooted in what’s going on in the fashion world around us (read more about the two parts of fashion design here). But, more often than not, students – and sometimes also designers – struggle to understand the importance of Key Shapes and Silhouette. Without a strong and convincing Fashion Collection Silhouette, an otherwise rich and well-crafted collection tends to fall apart. Of course, the Silhouette should reflect the customer, who is more or less fashion-forward. Every fashion brand should know, who their customer is, and then each season they can add more or less trendy shapes to their basic garments, which their brand is known for. So, what makes a ‘strong’ Fashion Collection Silhouette depends on the brand essentially, as most other decisions should often come directly from the brand identity. To give …

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The Challenge of Fashion Education

The question if fashion education is failing young designers (read the latest post on the matter from NJAL here) is one that is of utmost interest to me. As a fashion designer and later fashion educator, I’ve seen both sides of the table as first a consumer/student and later as an implementer. As someone interested in our industry, and with an educational perspective and awareness of the future, few things come closer to my heart then the apparent challenge of fashion education. As many other dedicated people in fashion education, I’m also passionate about preparing the young generation in the best way. What ‘the best way is’ is centred around a very fundamental question; should a fashion designer have a broad skill set or a narrow one? Or with other words; be a specialist and excel in fashion design or a generalist and excel in also business, marketing and social media? We’re all very aware of what a fashion designer was in ‘the old days’; that was definitely a specialist, and we have a very …

what is good fashion design

What is good Fashion Design?

During the week, I had a really inspiring conversation with an experienced academic from San Francisco working in the Fashion Design area. Among the various matters we touched upon, an interesting perspective arose on how Fashion Design – and its successful execution – is constituted by two parts. So what is good fashion design? The string of thoughts started with talking about how fashion, as a creative expression like any other art form, is rooted in intuition. Of all the designers, I’ve worked with, and myself included, design almost always originated from a feeling, intuition or conviction of what a certain object should and could look like. I’ve always experienced it as a very natural and almost immediate sense of just having that intuition. It’s hard to put a finger on more precisely what it is, but another word to use would be talent – which is actually equally intangible. This is where you find the true value of creativity, the wauw factor which a piece or collection either has or hasn’t, and the the …

Internship at Lanvin - Niklas Schutt fashion designer

Internship at Lanvin; the story of Niklas

Niklas is a 26-year-old designer from Hamburg, Germany. After a brief acquaintance with architecture, he changed to studying Fashion Design in order to express all of his creativity. After one year in the eccentric and experimental London, he moved to Paris in order to learn the traditional French way of making garments. This is where he is today – finishing his internship at Lanvin. Let`s find out more! When and how did you discover fashion?  I bought my first Vogue magazine at the age of 6 or 7, and I was incredibly inspired by everything in it. It was so creative. At that time, I obviously did not understand what fashion was. It was like a dream world to me. As a child, I was quite shy and I lived in my own head, so it was my escape. I saw all the beautiful fabrics and all the details of clothes, and I loved it. I have always painted, and I have built little houses in my garden, so fashion was a new way to …

New in fashion education

What’s new in Fashion Education?

People who follow The Fashion Crowd (TFC) on Twitter will know that – among other topics – there’s a strong focus on Fashion Education. This is perhaps no surprise, as TFC rotates around education, young designers, who they are, and mentoring on how to make it in the industry. So what’s new in Fashion Education? What’s going on, and what do people talk about? The powerful fashion portal The Business of Fashion (BoF) lately published a survey about Fashion Design students in the UK. Whereas they were over-all happy with the education itself and the tutors, many felt that Career Service was letting them down, and that they didn’t have enough training in business to enter the professional world and make it there. The post was the introduction to launching some free courses in business, marketing etc. by BoF, which are structured in a comprehensive way and come in the form of concise and comprehensive articles. Because the thing is that online education is a boiling hot topic that many people have started looking into either …

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Studying Fashion Design abroad

I’ve often been met with the question from future students in Fashion Design, of what was the best city for studying fashion design abroad. To this, there’s of course not one right answer. I can tell you about my own experience. When I was young, I chose to study in Milano. Being from Copenhagen (Denmark), to me Milano was everything, Copenhagen wasn’t; it was warm, glamourous, exuberant, elegant, and a freaking lot of fun. This, to me, when I was 19 years old, was very inspiring (and actually still is). Probably it was closer to my natural style and persona, and therefore I was vey attracted to it. For me, studying fashion design abroad in Milano was one of the best choices, I’ve made in my life. I just loved the place, and it was the beginning of a long and happy career in fashion. Therefore, based on my own experience, I would always advice people to study, where they feel inspired and can relate to the place, its people, and lifestyle. It has to …

how to prepare for a future in fashion

How to prepare for a future in fashion

The future has always been unknown, and considering how fast things happen today, it certainly still is. I have often been asked by young students on how to prepare for a future in fashion, if studying fashion was a good choice, and what city is the best for a fashion degree. Of course, I don’t hold the answer to any of these questions, but after 15 years in the industry, I start to have an idea about, what could potentially work. If studying Fashion is a strong choice? Well, I can only say that it may not be as good a guarantee as studying law, finance, IT or odontology, but I still believe that the strongest choice will always be studying, what you love. Always. If you do something, you don’t feel totally and utterly passionate about, you will always and only be mediocre at it – no matter how hard you work. And considering that you will perhaps have to do this for many, many years, doing something you love is a really good investment, …

New fashion designers from Georgia - Keti Chkhikvadze

New fashion designers from Georgia

Do you remember how important Japan was to fashion in the 1980s? Well, perhaps you don’t, as maybe you weren’t born yet, but then there’s a chance that you have read about when Miyake, Kenzo, Yamamoto and Kawakubo placed Tokyo on the fashion map and inspired everyone from NYC to Milano. Right now, there’s a new movement of new fashion designers from Georgia, who are really shaking up the fashion world with different and fresh ideas. Since the 80s, fashion has flirted and briefly extracted inspiration from almost every possible corner of the world, but such a strong and persisting influence hasn’t been seen since then. Today new, upcoming designers emerge from everywhere, and good schools in the big fashion capitals train a lot of new talent every single season presented in prestigious fashion shows. Tamuna Ingorokva Not all, and not a lot of new designers will still be around in 10 years, as it’s limited how many new designers the world actually need and can foster. So where will the new talents come from …

Writing fashion show reviews

Writing fashion show reviews

I have sometimes been sitting front row at fashion shows of upcoming designers with the purpose of writing fashion show reviews about the collection for various publications. It’s a different part of the process compared to being ‘work-in-progress’, which is where I’m normally involved either as a fashion tutor or fashion designer. The magic of the big culmination, the fashion show, is breathtaking, and the runway models pass fast one after the other. The attendees are concentrated though still enjoying themselves, as the catwalk models pass by quickly one after the other. Often there will be a short description about the collection and inspiration lying on your seat, and this will prepare you for the show. Having an idea about what you’re going to see together with some key words about the collection are helpful, when the show starts. Here you need to be alert in order to make photos for reference and perhaps writing down a few key words. This is useful for your fashion show reviews, but a part from the technical aspect …

Collecting images for fashion research

Creative Fashion Research Part 4

Collecting images for fashion research A good research is crucial for a good fashion collection, as everything starts from here. It’s important you feel strongly motivated with what you choose to work with, as well as choosing something that’s relevant to the consumer, and right for the brand you create for (read more about that here). If you don’t love your research (and I chose the word love on purpose, because you need to love it, not just like it), you will never love your collection, and if you don’t, most likely no one else will. When collecting images for fashion research, the images you put in your research must give you a direction and spark ideas in your mind about: Mood: Always an important and first step. It’s the feel of the collection, and everything springs from here. If you don’t have a clear idea about this, the entire research will be messy. Type of woman (or man): This is what I call a Muse. A Muse is someone who inhabits the imaginary world …