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Fashion design is the art of creating fashionable apparel. With passage of time the fashion designing concept has extended to include other things like fashion accessories which include jewelry, footwear and bags. Fashion design has come a very long way from the designing of clothing into a full-fledged industry. Today, fashion design is accepted as a career option in all the countries in the world. In addition to designing, there are other several career alternatives that have arisen in the industry with passage of time.

History of Fashion Design

Fashion design as we know it began in the 1840’s. Charles Frederick Worth is believed to be the first design originator in the world from the time he moved to Paris in 1849 until his death in 1895. Before 1849 Fredrick was a draper, but he decided to set up a fashion house in Paris. He began advising customers on clothing and creating designs for individual clients. The design originator would present the fashion patterns to his clients who would then place an order if they liked them. It was at that time when the tradition of demonstrating patterns to customers and stitching them started. This was contrary to the earlier trend where a complete garment would be presented to a customer.

Why And Where Did Fashion Design Start

In the early 20th century, new developments in fashion design took place in Paris from where they extended to the other parts of the world. New clothing designs would begin in Paris before they got their way to the other parts of the world. In other worlds, Paris was the fashion capital. The fashion at that exact time was the haute couture specifically designed for individuals. By the mid-20th century, designers began to produce fashion garments in mass numbers. Due to increase in production, individuals were now able to engage in a wider choice. By the end of the 20th century, individuals’ awareness in fashion design had grown and they had begun to choose clothes that suited their comfort and their style. They never relied on the trend in the market.

High Fashion Versus Casual Fashion

In today’s world of fashion design, most of the influential and popular brands generally produce two clothing categories. One category is haute couture (high fashion). It involves very expensive material and very intensive labor. The fashion is usually made to order which means it is customized to a particular client. The exclusive couture collections are designed upon a special request and perfectly measure to the client. Pret-a-porter (the casual fashion) is made in standard sizes. Traditionally they were made for ordinary individuals. Designers simply make them to satisfy needs of many people. The material and labor of casual fashion is more moderate than that of high fashion collection and therefore their price is approachable to mass media.

Fashion Design Today

Today, fashion design has been accepted as a career option. There are many institutes that have arisen all over the world and offer courses in several fashion design arenas. The students who have considered fashion to be a serious career and who have studied courses in the same have continued rising over the years. There are several options for designers to choose from. These options include children’s wear, bridal wear, lingerie, women’s wear, swimwear, footwear, men’s wear and handbags. In the past, fashion designers could only be self-employed, but today they are able to find many career opportunities readily open for them. They can choose to work with export houses or garment firms. They can also engage themselves in remodeling haute couture job and adapt them to mass market tastes.

Developments in the fashion design field have given rise to many other related career paths which include hairstylist, fashion journalists, makeup artists, fashion photographers and fashion advisors. Another important change that has happened in the fashion design industry is the increased computer usage and technology. There are many computer software packages that have arisen and are helping designers in the designing processes and in other processes in garment production. They are now doing it easily and also speedily.