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Fashion – a Cross Cultural Perspective

When talking about fashion, clothing designers such as Hugo Boss, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent may come to mind. Yet fashion is more complex then the threads these designers weave; it is a custom or style of dress intertwined with society, its norms and culture.

For example, in several tribal communities in Southern Africa men go completely naked except for a string around the waist. Women usually were traditional tribal clothing, but sometimes go topless, especially in the hot summer months. This type of dress attire is taboo in most western countries, yet perfectly normal and appropriate for tribal society. If we were to invite a few members of an African tribal community to visit the United States, they would need to conform to the country’s dress code in order to fit in. If, however our interlopers chose to ignore U.S. dress norms and walked around the streets of New York wearing only tribal attire, they would probably be arrested, or sent to Bell View for Psychiatric evaluation. Thus, what is normal dress in one country is considered bazaar, illegal, or even psychotic in another.

Take George for example, he’s an average guy with a good build, however heads turn when he shops at a local Sears store wearing a woman’s dress. If we ask George’s friends to describe him, they say he’s a good guy, but odd because he likes wearing women’s clothing. When George proceeds to purchase a blouse at Sears the sales girl looks awkward ringing him up. After he exits the department the sales girl turns to a co-worker and starts to laugh. When people violate dress norms they could find themselves mocked, isolated or even ostracized form society.
If we could turn the clock back a few minuets and transport George to a parallel universe in which women dress like men, and men dress like women then George would fit in perfectly. As he shops at Sears nobody blinks an eye. George’s friends now describe him as a great guy and a good dresser. Even the sales girl smiles as she rings him up. After he leaves the department the girl still turns to a co-worker and starts to laugh, not because George is wearing a dress, but because she’s made a date with him for dinner and a movie that night. Ironically in both universes George’s personality and dress attire is identical, yet peoples attitudes and perception towards him has changed, due to the difference in cultural settings.

Finally meet Pam, as she’s out shopping on a freezing winter night wearing a T-shirt and shorts, people think she’s crazy. Although Pam’s attire is normal for a hot summer day, it looks odd when worn in the dead of winter. Six months latter in June, when Pam shows up at wedding wearing a tank top and shorts, people conclude she’s insane. Of course Pam’s dress attire is perfect for summer, but inappropriate for a wedding. Thus, what is normal dress code for a culture

Career in Fashion Design Part – 1

If you can read colors, feel textures, notice blends and believe that you can create the look – fashion designing is a good option.

Fashion designers are trendsetters, but even they have to take an entrance exam and need to study. If you think shoes, belts and hats are style statements and speak louder and more eloquently than the design itself, complement the cut and contribute meaningfully towards an ensemble, another option could be accessory / Jewellery design.

Another option could also be fashion merchandising – lending your talent to the production process that is an essential part of the fashion industry. Merchandising is a specialized management function within the fashion industry. Fashion Merchandisers are responsible for selection of materials, liasoning with the production team and meeting market requirements. The job demands knowledge of fashion trends, textures, materials and colors on one hand and understanding of market demand and the production processes on the other.

(A)The Prospects

Opportunities for jobs exist in the following sectors:

  1. 1.)      Export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports
  2. 2.)      Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men’s/women’s/children clothing in sportswear/casual wear, etc.
  3. 3.)      Haute Couture
  4. 4.)      Government/Semi government-handloom/textile manufacturers
  5. 5.)      Fashion show organizers/Fashion publishers
  6. 6.)      TV/Film fashion program producers/compeers/costume designers, etc.
  7. 7.)      With Film production units
  8. 8.)      Teaching design

(B) The Job

Fashion Design

  1. 1.)      Exploration and research
  2. 2.)      Sketching the original idea on paper
  3. 3.)      Shaping the pattern pieces which make the garment
  4. 4.)      The pieces are then drawn in actual size on paper and cut out on a rough material, stitched together and fitted on a model.
  5. 5.)      Modifications in the pattern pieces or other features of the mock garment are made and thus the design is completed
  6. 6.)      Garments are then made in the final fabric
  7. 7.)      Junior designers: Junior designers generally do the first pattern cutting. They assemble the first samples with fabrics they have selected from the market.

Fashion Merchandising

  1. 1.)      A merchandiser is primarily a coordinator.
  2. 2.)      Merchandisers study buying trends and the buyer’s needs
  3. 3.)      They collect specifications from the buyers and coordinate with fashion designers to develop a product which is market specific.

Accessory Designers

  1. 1.)      Accessory designers are trained as stylists for men’s, ladies or children’s accessories
  2. 2.)      They specialise in leather designing /jewellery designing etc.
  3. 3.)      After carrying out a detailed research about the accessory they are required to work on, designers create new and attractive designs for their clients
  4. 4.)      In the traditional, studio–based design sector, crafts people work to prepare each article individually
  5. 5.)      Work is sold through local outlets, at tourist destinations, emporia and through craft melas.

Jewellery Design

  1. 1.)      Jewellery designers create new designs for gold, silver and precious metal jewellery
  2. 2.)      Large exporters employ designers or select designs from eminent freelancer
  3. 3.)      Gemologists are experts in assessing the quality, value and use of gems for jewellery. They are experts in grading, sorting and setting of gems in various metals.

(C)  Personality Traits

  1. 1.)      Artistic, Creative and imaginative
  2. 2.)      Know-how of textiles
  3. 3.)     

Vintage Harley Davidson Apparel; Identify an Imitation

Harley Davidson will go down in history as being one of the most famous and well known brand names in the world. Harley Davidson has been known for their commitment to detail and quality ever since they became established in 1931. Due to this, many companies create imitations of Harley’s quality apparel and other gifts such as helmets, boots, and bike accessories. It is vital that you become aware of the signs for authentic Harley Davidson vintage clothing because knock-offs are everywhere!

Below you will find several tips to help you identify what’s real from what’s fake. By keeping a few helpful signs in mind, you will be able to spot imitation Harley Davidson from a mile away.

Tip #1: Study the Harley Davidson Logo

For decades, the bar and shield logo has been around. In fact, it’s only changed a little since its original design back in 1931. When shopping for vintage Harley Davidson apparel, be sure to know the exact colors, shape and details of the genuine Harley Davidson Logo. Imitations often alter the logo first. As an example, a common logo variation includes the misspelling of Motorcycle. On a knock-off you will see this written in the center of the logo, “Harley Davidson Motor Cycle.” Notice the space between Motor Cycle? Always check the logo and look for slight alterations. This is the best way to identify an imitation!

Tip #2: Check the price. If you think it’s too good to be true, you are probably right with that assumption!

Pay special attention to this tip when purchasing vintage or antique Harley Davidson apparel. When in good shape, vintage Harley clothing can be quite valuable and expensive! The same goes for antique bikes and parts. If you feel that the price is an incredible bargain, the chances of it being authentic are lessened.

Tip #3: Pay special attention to the detail and quality of the clothing.

As mentioned earlier, Harley Davidson is known for producing quality products. This has been the company’s philosophy since the very beginning so if the article of clothing you are considering buying is of poor quality, its probably an imitation. Authentic vintage Harley Davidson clothing will be made with great detail and include real leather, accurate stitching work and high quality lining.

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What is Fashion and Why Do We Care?

For centuries individuals or societies have used clothes and other body adornment as a form of nonverbal communication to indicate occupation, rank, gender, sexual availability, locality, class, wealth and group affiliation. Fashion is a form of free speech. It not only embraces clothing, but also accessories. What we wear and how and when we wear it, provides others with a shorthand to subtly read the surface of a social situation.

How we perceive the beauty or ugliness of our bodies is dependant on cultural attitudes to physiognomy. In many cultures, those defining fashion are the cultural icons. This is why newspapers and magazines report on what celebrities and even politicians are wearing.

Examining who is wearing what through print media dates as far back as to even the 1700s. People pored over fashion magazines to see the latest styles. Women and dressmakers outside the French court relied on sketches to see what was going on. The famous French King Louis XIV said that fashion is a mirror. Louis himself was renowned for his style, which tended towards extravagant laces and velvets.

We are constantly being bombarded with new fashion ideas from music, videos, books, and television. Movies also have a big impact on what people wear.

Sociologists believe group affiliation is our prime concern with regard to fashion. As long as some group similarity is identified within the group, our personal fashion whether current or dated can belong to any tribe. It is the sense of belonging marked by how we fashion ourselves that gives us the tribal connection.

At the same time, we as human beings desire differentiation. People are often socially and economically labeled by their clothing or fashion. In history, the Edwardians were socially stratified into those who wore tailor made clothing down to those who wore other people’s cast offs. The poor simply looked poor, because their raiment betrayed them. The rich and nouveau riche displayed their wealth through an iconography of signs and symbols that enhanced their body image in the eyes of those that saw themselves as socially inferior.

Today, the purchase of fashionable clothes, fabrics, or accessories becomes a visual currency and can speak to one’s status. People are so aware of the fact that others make judgments about them through their clothes and accessories that many run up huge debts to appear to belong to a particular lifestyle. Only individuals with a strong sense of self-identity stick their necks out and admit to wearing items that others might consider dubious or passé.

In reality, there are many reasons we wear what we wear.

* Protection from cold, rain and snow: mountain climbers wear high-tech outerwear to avoid frostbite and over-exposure.

* Physical attraction: many styles are worn to inspire “chemistry.”

* Emotions: we dress “up” when we’re happy and “down” when we’re upset.

* Religious expression: Orthodox Jewish men wear long black suits and Islamic women cover every part of their body except their eyes.

* Identification and tradition: judges wear robes,

Fashion – Making Money as a Fashion Designer

Do you have a love for fashion? If that love includes designing your own clothes or fashion accessories, like handbags, have you ever thought about making a living as a fashion designer? When it comes to being a fashion designer, many individuals feel that it is a dream of theirs that just isn’t destined to become a reality. While this is sometimes the case, it doesn’t always have to be. With the right willpower and the need to succeed, you can easily make money as a fashion designer.

When it comes to making money as a fashion designer, many individuals believe that they can only be successful if they see their designs on the runways in New York or Paris. While this would definitely help, you don’t have to be a famous, well-known fashion designer to make money as one. Did you know that you can make money as a fashion designer making your own clothes right from your own living room or home office? You can and if you would like to know more on how you can go about doing so, you will want to read on.

As you likely already know, many fashion designers start out with simple drawings on paper. Many have the dream of turning their drawings into real pieces of clothing or fashion accessories; therefore, many do so. What is nice about making a living as a fashion designer is that you have a number of different options. For instance, if you were just starting out small, to see how your designs would sell, you can not only be the designer, but the maker as well. If you would like to hire assistance, either right away or after your business took off, you could do as well.

If you are interested in starting your own fashion design business, you will want to think about having your own online website. In fact, many fashion designers sell their products exclusively on their own online websites, not in some big fancy fashion store. Of course, if your fashions take off, you could later choose to do so if you want. If you also want to sell your own fashions locally, you may want to think about renting some business space.

If you carefully choose your space, you cannot only have a sales floor, but you may also be able to have a warehouse where you can make and store your fashions. This ideal if you are interested in running both an online fashion store and a storefront one.

If you have been interested in being a fashion designer for a while now, there is a good chance that already have some of the many supplies needed. For instance, you probably already have a large selection of drawing materials, a sewing machine, and likely even a collection of fabrics.

If that is the case, you will find that the startup costs associated with getting your fashion design business up and running are minimal. For many, it is the

Sagging (fashion)

Sagging is a manner of wearing pants or shorts below the waist, revealing some or all of their underwear . It is closely associated with hip-hop music and fashion. Sagging is also common among skateboarders and the Skate punk music scene.

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Also, it is suggested that the trends are said to initially be worn by Southern California gang members, it became popular when gangsta rap artists from Los Angeles became popular in the early 90s.

In early September 2007, the city of Atlanta, Georgia was debating whether to have the fashion statement made illegal under an ordinance sponsored by Council member C.T. Martin. This proposal caused considerable feedback.

In March 2008, the Hahira, Georgia City Council passed a highly controversial clothing ordinance, in the name of public safety, that actually bans citizens from wearing pants that are below the waist and reveal skin or undergarments. The council was split 2, but the tie was broken by the mayor.

In many school districts across the United States, sagging is prohibited. The Virginia General Assembly tried, but failed to approve a law making the sagging style illegal in February 2005. In June 2007, the Town council of Delcambre, Louisiana passed an indecent exposure ordinance, prohibiting people wearing trousers which show their underwear.

The American Civil Liberties Union has associated laws against sagging to be racial profiling.Benetta Standly, statewide organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia stated, “In Atlanta, we see this as racial profiling… It’s going to target African-American male youths. There’s a fear with people associating the way you dress with crimes being committed.” In Flint, Michigan, The police chief has ordered his officers to start arresting “saggers,” as some aficionados of this sartorial style call themselves, on sight, threatening them with jail time and hefty fines for a fad he calls “immoral self expression.” He later told a local paper the style could give officers probable cause to search saggers.

Also in Pleasantville, New Jersey, it is against the law to wear pants in a sagging manner. A ticket is dispersed for indecent exposure.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Homelessness

Take a look around you each and every day, you have seen the person on the street that obviously does not fit into the picture. This person will most likely be male, further will be disheveled, and will most likely carry some baggage. You have seen this person most likely today.

Did you ever think that this may happen to you? Today the economy in the United States is adding to the homeless population at an alarming rate. Situational homelessness from the economy is the same as the person who is homeless stemming from an addiction from any substance that impairs.

Homelessness is homelessness! The person that works with you that is dressed well, smells good, may have just lost his or her home due to a bad variable mortgage that exceeds what his or her income could sustain. They may have spent every last dollar from savings, pensions, and investments to try and make it work, but simply could not. The end result…Homelessness. These folks may have some family, friends etc that will take them in for their current situation merits it, however…just as it is with the people on the streets that are disheveled, dirty and foul of mood, how long will it take for the person that lost his or her home to wear out the welcome with the myriad of friends that he or she may have?

It has long been said, that guests that are staying for the holidays usually start getting moody after three days. Fish is the same way, if its not taken care of it will start to smell, and to get that smell away is a chore of the ultimate challenge.

Your best friend of 15 years, lost everything, and is staying with you, but after day three, he or she you find out is not a clean freak as perhaps you are, you find out that he or she, loves to watch cartoons, and you are the news channel junkie, and guess what…there is only one TV. Eventually there will be a significant problem, and your guest will be either asked to leave or volunteer to, but none the less both parties will have a permanent mark on that friendship.

Here is where it gets interesting. In this authors opinion, every single homeless person has a story, in most of the individuals I have spoken to, they started their homeless career after a death of loved one, loss of job, or medical issue, and only as of recently, a very bad variable rate adjusted mortgage.

Friends play a large part of the homeless cause and effects. Eventually each and every one of us will know someone, perhaps immediate family, co-worker, friend of friend, it does not matter, you will know of at least one person that went homeless. What you do as friend or family, will forever impact the person that is fresh from losing everything, whether at-first you help them, and you later give them the boot, it will

Project Runway: Meet the Cast of Season 4

The Bravo network’s reality television series Project Runway recently announced the premiere date of the show’s fourth season, getting fans stoked for more of their favorite fashion-oriented competition. And furthermore, the cast list for the show’s new contestants has been released, presenting 15 names and biographies detailing the backgrounds of the latest hip hopefuls. Show judge and fashion veteran Tim Gunn stated that he considered the new group to be one of the most talented batches of fashion designers they’ve had so far, when considering the judging criteria of execution and point of view. The competitors for season 4 have been described as being well-educated, with a lot of them having earned degrees in design and other closely associated fields.

The youngest member of the fashion-minded crew is a 21-year-old native of Annapolis, MD named Christian Siriano. He has studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts, as well as the American Intercontinental University found in London. Siriano has stated that his favorite fashion designers and inspirations in the industry are Westwood and McQueen, and that his choice for fashionable clothing to wear is a good-looking blazer or jacket. On the other hand, the oldest competitor of the fourth season is a couple of decades ahead of young Christian.

Kathleen Vaughn, also known by the moniker “Sweet P,” is a 46-year-old lady hailing from Los Angeles, California. She studied at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and she has a number of favorite fashion designers whom she looks to for inspiration. Among them are John Galliano, Marni, Prada, Phillip Lim, Chloe, and Balenciaga. Her choice of fashionable wear is a more straightforward dress. Sweet P is also the oldest contestant in the race to fashion dominance. The rest of the cast have varied degrees, such as Architecture and a Master of Arts in Combined Media, as well as having studied at places such as Paris and Italy.

For more resources about Project Runway: Meet the Cast of Season 4 or for the full story of Project Runway please review this link http://www.buddytv.com

Celebrity Clothing Styles Available Online

If you want to wear the same celebrity clothing styles that you see your favorite actresses and singers wearing, you don’t have to make a special trip and spend thousands of dollars in the trendy Hollywood boutiques. You can actually find the latest looks from hot up and coming Southern California designers right on the Internet, often at discounted prices. Brands such as Linq Clothing and Soul Revival can be seen on all the hot young starlets, and they can be seen on you too regardless of where you live. Soul Revival Clothes include some of the hottest tops and dresses on the celebrity market these days. There are many celebrities that absolutely love Soul Revival Clothes because they are sexy, edgy, feminine, dressy and casual all at the same time. Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood and numerous other Hollywood celebrities have been spotted around town in these bold designer duds. The daring designs and beautiful embellishments that these clothing items are known for have made Soul Revival one of the top fashion-forward brands of the last ten years. Linq Clothing is another popular celebrity brand of the moment. LINQ designer clothing is known as the ultimate in femininity and comfort. Designed by the creative master designer Carole Little, LINQ has become the foundation of many Hollywood wardrobes including stars such as Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Lauren Conrad, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson, Ashlee Simpson and Tori Spelling. The line includes tank tops, tunics, knit sweaters, cotton dresses, buttoned western shirts, ruffled t shirts, long sleeved shirts, jackets, sleepwear and more. With so many celebrity clothing styles to choose from, which are readily available on the Internet, women all over the country can look like Hollywood starlets without having to make a trip to Los Angeles. It’s one of the many benefits of living in the Internet age.

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