The Growth of Urban Fashion

The Growth of Urban Fashion . Much like the hip-hop culture it reflects, urban fashion has evolved and matured since its arrival in the early 1980s.  Hip hop was a new musical innovation at that time, and the artists began to emerge as stars in their own rights.  As the fan base grew, so too did the entire genre.  As with any other subculture, this one developed its own unique style, this became known as “urban fashion.” . Urban fashion has become its own industry, with dedicated fashion designers and celebrity spokespeople, although it did not necessarily start this way.  In fact, the first signs of urban fashion in American culture trace their roots back to sportswear companies like Adidas and Nike.  Pioneering rappers Run-D.M.C. even had a hit with their song “My Adidas.”  Early urban fashion was nothing if it wasn’t properly accessorized.  Hip-hop artists were famous for their oversized gold necklaces, athletic shoes (or “sneakers”), and a variety of signature hairstyles.  .  As hip...
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Why You Should Market Your Clothing Line With Postcards Too

Why You Should Market Your Clothing Line With Postcards Too . Marketing Your Clothing Line with Postcards . With so many ways to market your business now from social media, magazines, television commercials and SEO, postcards are often overlooked. Well they shouldn’t be! Postcards are still a great way to market your clothing line. Does this mean that using postcards should be your only means of spreading the word about your line — absolutely not! The truth is when it comes to promoting your collection, you need to be almost everywhere that you can. This is why postcards are still as necessary today as they were 15 years ago. In this article, I will explain why you should also market your clothing line with postcards, the information that you should include on your postcards and how to come up with a a distribution plan for your postcards. . First let’s discuss what you need to have on your postcards. What you have on your postcard is...
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Marketing Your Clothing Line on Pinterest and Instagram

Marketing Your Clothing Line on Pinterest and Instagram . Today it is more important than ever for fashion entrepreneurs to have a digital online presence. With the hyper growth of social media and the visual nature of fashion make the two blend perfectly. Previous a fashion designers main source of exposure was via magazine ads, editorials and fashion shows.  There has been no easier time in history where new fashion designers have almost a level playing field at getting in front of potential clothing retail and consumer buyers. This new frontier also brings new challenges in terms of giving your clothing brand distinction and prestige but I will cover that in another post. For now let me get to why all clothing lines should have a presence on two of the most influential social media platforms which are Pinterest and Instagram.. Marketing your clothing line on Pinterest.com is a must because at the time of this article Pinterest is big in the online...
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ABC’s Shark Tank Clothing Lines Show Up To Get A Deal With The Sharks

ABC’s Shark Tank Clothing Lines Show Up To Get A Deal With The Sharks . I love anything involving business which is why it is no secret that I love ABC’s Shark Tank. This past Friday night’s episode was no exception! For those of you who don’ t know, Shark Tank is a television show that entrepreneurs, business owners and inventors go on to pitch their businesses to the Shark Tank Investors in the hopes they will invest. Last Friday’s episode included two business owners that had clothing lines. I love it when fashion designers and clothing lines go on the show looking to get an investment deal with one or more of the Sharks. I don’t know about other people but every time a fashion label is on the show, I immediately look to see what Damon John of the Fubu Clothing Line is going to do. Damon John is one of the Shark Tank Investors and one of the only...
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The Top Clothing Companies & Fashion Brands in the World

The Top Clothing Companies & Fashion Brands in the World! . Enjoy this wonderful list of the hottest clothing lines from all over the world and interesting facts about them. Do some shopping by visiting their web sites or just learn about each of them. This list is sponsored by www.StartingaClothingLine.com - so if you want to start your own clothing line or learn how to design - StartingaClothingLine.com is your answer! Now back to the fashion brand list. Shop for hot fashions! Find fashion brands you already know and discover new ones. This list features the best in fashion from Couture, High-End Designer Fashion, Luxury Clothing, Ready wear, Sportwear, Outdoor Gear, Hip Hop Clothing, Denim Lines, Jean Lines, Celebrity clothing lines, Urban Clothing, Streetwear Fashion, Sleepwear, Accessories, Fragrances, Handbags, Shoes, Casual Fashions and more. This fashion brand list also represents the best in women’s clothing, men’s fashion, children’s clothing, baby clothing and famous clothing lines. This is your ultimate fashion directory of the...
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Spec Sheet Template | Clothing Fashion Line Sheets | Technical Design Sheets

Spec Sheet Template | Clothing/Fashion Line Sheets | Technical Design Sheets Looking for information on how to create your own technical fashion line sheets and sketches? You’re at the right place. With Digital Fashion Pro and The Fashion Business Center - you can do it all and we teach you how.  . Digital Fashion Pro - A Complete CAD Fashion Design Software System and Fashion Course Wrapped in One! With Digital Fashion Pro - users learn basic fashion design. The expanded system which includes the Digital Fabric Library comes with a tutorial that teaches users how to use Digital Fashion Pro to create technical fashion sketches and technical specification sheets. This is the CAD program you have been looking for. Very affordable with endless capabilities! . . Digital Fashion Pro can be used to create technical drawings such as the sketches shown above. Technical Sketches along with design sketches (both created with precision in DF-Pro) are the foundation / first step in creating patterns and/or finished designs with...
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Fashion CAD Software | Fashion CAD | CAD Fashion Designer Software

Fashion CAD  All About Fashion CAD - Why Fashion Designers And Brands Rely On It . .  Fashion CAD is where the fashion world is at when it comes to fashion illustrations. All fashion labels employ at least one designer on staff that knows how to use Fashion CAD. Why is using Fashion CAD important? It is important because it allows fashion designers to better manage their workflow, similarity in scale of the company’s designs, and better translation when it comes to getting the designs made. Fashion Designers who use Fashion CAD also can easily share their designs with others inside the company and with manufacturers etc. Fashion CAD has been around for years and have been taught along with hand sketching in fashion schools for years. However, greater emphasis is now placed on learning Fashion CAD in schools than in years of the past. This greater emphasis can mainly be attributed to the change in technology and the fact that more fashion employers...
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Clothing Fashion Design Templates | Spec Sheet | Clothing Line Templates

Fashion Design Templates All about how you can use Fashion Design Templates to design clothing . Get 100’s of Fashion Design Templates Now With Digital Fashion Pro to Create Your Clothing Designs! . Using Fashion Design Templates is a great way to begin your designs. Think about it. Why would you want to draw the same silhouette over and over just to begin your design. That is one of the major reasons to use fashion templates. It save you time and energy. Any time you begin to design, you will first have to create a frame / silhouette before you can add your design details. The use of a fashion template just takes you straight to the designing part. Fashion illustration templates also help you create a uniform look across your fashion sketches. . . Another important aspect of fashion design templates is so all of your designs will have the same proportions. If you can’t draw then using fashion design templates is another bonus. However, even if...
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Fashion Mogul Clothing Line Launch Kit

Kick Off Your Clothing Line The Right Way With The StartingAClothingLine.com - Fashion Mogul Package! . This Package Is Ultimate Fashion Business / Fashion Design Kit That Can Help You Launch Your Line From Scratch! Get Our Best Tools At One Great Price! . The Fashion Mogul Kit Includes 10 Items! You Get Digital Fashion Pro Industry Edition + Fashion Business Tools That Can Help You Create & Develop Your Clothing Line. . This Package walks you step by step through starting your own clothing line, designing it, getting it made and in stores! Arm yourself with the best design & fashion business tools on the market! Utilizing this Start-Up Kit will give your line the competitive advantage as your line competes with other lines and designers for retail space etc. . You will get Digital Fashion Pro Industry Edition V9 (6 Items) + The Official Step by Step Guide to Starting a Clothing Line Book + The Ultimate List of Manufacturers eBook - 500 Manufacturers that can...
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Famous Fashion Designers That Dont Sew

Are The Abilities to Sew and Draw Critical to Being a Fashion Designer? We Present Famous Fashion Designers That Can’t Sew . After receiving rave reviews for her first collection, pop singer-turned-fashion designer, Victoria Beckham, found herself being quizzed about her technical ability in fashion. “Do I draw? No,” she said, “Then again, nor do lots of designers.” I wouldn’t say this is the fashion industry’s ‘dirty little secret’, but Victoria is right. Fewer top designers can either sew or draw that you might imagine. And very few are good at both but the area where all fashion designers must excel in is creativity. . . A lot of top designers came from other professions. Hip Hop artist Sean John Combs founded the multi-million dollar Sean John fashion label. Former model Kimora Lee is currently the CEO of Phat Fashions (and was previously the Creative Director of Baby Phat). Socialite Nicky Hilton is the founder of Chick. And actress Rachel Bilson has even designed for DKNY....
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Career and Technical Education – CTE – Fashion Design

Career and Technical Education - CTE - Fashion Design . Career and Technical Education (CTE or CTAE) is now a very important piece to education in the United States. It is estimated that Career and Technical Education reaches some 94 percent of high school students and well over 12 million students beyond K12. The Career and Technical Curriculum is grouped by career clusters with the prime focus of helping students obtain technical and practical skills that can lead to high paying jobs when they graduate. Many CTE classes target specific job skills such as culinary and fashion design. The curriculum also focuses on new and emerging technology. . .  I remember when I was in middle school, I had a home economics class. In that class we learned how to cook and how to sew among other things. It was a fun class. Today’s home economics class in many schools falls under family and consumer science which is a subset of the overall Career and...
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Design Clothing – How to Be a Fashion Designer

So You Want to Design Clothing? Here Are The Steps To Designing Your Own Clothing Illustrations   . “Learning how to design clothing with Digital Fashion Pro is a snap + How to Become a Fashion Designer” . .  Nothing is more exciting than designing clothing. Creating clothing designs is fun work for the most part. Personally, I like putting on a song and just going for it. Many people aspire to clothing design artist. Clothing design is a multi-billion dollar per year industry. So how do you begin to design your own clothing. First you assess your design skills. Can you draw or do you just have images in your head that you struggle to get on paper. Do you hand draw really well but you need to make Digital Sketches for your manufacturer? . .  There is help for people who can draw and for those that can’t draw at all. The answer is Digital Fashion Pro Fashion Design Software. Designing clothing with Digital Fashion Pro is a...
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How Many Styles Should You Have In Your Apparel Collection

How Many Styles Should You Have In Your Apparel Collection  . One question that comes up often from new designers is how many styles should they have in their apparel collection and what should they come out with first? These are terrific questions and I can’t stress the importance of making sure you get them right. Your clothing line depends on it! . There are a number of things to consider when trying to plan out your first collection. One thing to consider first and foremost is your budget. Your clothing line budget or budget for the season will always dictate how many different styles and variations you can put into production. Of course, the more styles and variations you have – the greater the budget you will need. You have to find a good balance between budget and having an effective amount of pieces in your collection. . Looking pass budget constraints, you can then move on to how to really have a cohesive collection...
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Defining Your Clothing Line Part 3

Defining Your Clothing Line Part 3  . . Who are you as a designer? This has to be one of the most important questions a fashion designer can be asked. That question presents you the designer with an opportunity to sell the inquirer on you as a fashion designer and not just on your clothing line alone. You should have premeditated honest answers prepared. The reason I state your answers should be premeditated, is because it will enhance the probability of you answering questions clearly and professionally. Rather you’re responding in front of an audience or in front of video cameras. Both situations can stimulate a bit of unexpected pressure. As a method of defining your clothing line, this is a question you must answer early on. .  . Interviewing on camera can be a very tricky thing, and sometimes an interview can happen randomly. For example, let’s say you are attending a fashion event and the media large or small is present, even if the...
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Branding and Defining Your Clothing Line Part II

Branding and Defining Your Clothing Line Part II  . What does your clothing line represent? How do you want consumers to feel when wearing your fashion garments? Who are you as a designer? Why should customers buy your brand? Those are very important questions you are going to have to know the answers to. In addition, you should train yourself to be able to answer each question in five seconds of less. That type of precision will give some insight to whom you are as a designer and business person. Both are equally important. . When you answer the questions above, there are no wrong or right answers; the only thing you should be focused on is honesty. For example: What does your clothing line represent? “It represents my personal edge to creativity and my desire to overwhelm the consumer with amazing garments.” That sentence can be said in less than five seconds, and it’s my truth. Your task is to figure out your...
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