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Formal Dress Designs

Connie Amaden-Crawford

Source: The Art of Fashion Draping, 5th Edition, 2018, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

Formal dress designsobjectives inFormal dress designsBustier designsEvening dresses are gorgeous in fluid dress-weight fabrics that are beautifully draped and seductive with their perpetual movement. Arrangements of flounces, sunray pleats, layered ruches, bias cuts, and gathers make dresses dance. Designers should be able to incorporate many draping techniques from this chapter for a special evening look for many clients.

Fashion Apparel Women’s, Men’s, Children’s, and Teen’s

Elaine Stone and Sheryl A. Farnan

Source: In Fashion, 3rd Edition, 2017, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

Of necessity, the women’s, men’s, children’s, and teens’ fashion industry exists in a constant state of change, reacting on an ongoing basis to the consumer’s tastes and styles, to an increasingly global economy, and to new technology. It is an industry that truly thrives on change and novelty.

Ball Gowns

Emma Davenport

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Ball gowns are considered to be the most extravagant category of evening dress. Although balls date back to the Middle Ages, and historically were seen as dance parties to celebrate all manner of occasions, they reemerged as a popular way to introduce eligible women and men into marriageable society during the mid-1800s. Competition for suitors centered on the expense and opulence of a woman’s ball gown. Subsequently, ball gowns have continued to represent ideals of romantic femininity. On the ca

Philadelphia Nightlife, Nostalgia and Popular Culture

Alphonso D. McClendon

Source: Fashion and Jazz. Dress, identity and subcultural improvisation, 2015, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

vaudeville entertainmentsminstrel entertainmentAlthough New Orleans, New York and Chicago flourished with neighborhoods of jazz including Storyville, Harlem and the South Side correspondingly, Philadelphia, jazz cityPhiladelphia is a setting where innovators and establishments shaped a noteworthy history. The documentation of entertainment outlets was evidenced at the end of the first decade. From 1910 to 1919, society, political and religious groups promoted balls, dances and concerts via the Ph

Oscar de la Renta, Fall/Winter 1994

Lucy Moyse

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Inky black velvets, rich scarlet, and leopard print furs: Oscar de la Renta’s fall/winter 1994 collection oozed the classic glamour that the designer had established his long-standing fashion career with, and was infused with an Orientalist fantasy aesthetic, reflecting the designer’s admiration of sumptuous Eastern designs. This collection confirmed that despite his recent appointment at Parisian House of Balmain, de la Renta’s own ready-to-wear line remained significant and relevant, where he c

Entering the Market with Professional Flair

Joanne Ciresi Barrett

Source: Designing Your Fashion Portfolio. From Concept to Presentation, 2013, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Now you have a traveling artist’s tool box set up with the following:

The Design Process and Specialty Apparel

Evelyn L. Brannon

Source: Designer’s Guide to Fashion Apparel, 2011, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

“The consumer wants to see value, a perceived need, and/or an emotional connection to the product. In response to this we have added value by incorporating fabric innovation and sharpening our design focus.”

Formal Wear, Men’s

Robin Dutt

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Ball Dress

Jane E. Hegland

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Balls have existed for centuries among royalty and the social elite, dating back to the Middle Ages. During the mid-1800s, the ball re-emerged as a desirable manner of entertainment among the upper and middle classes. Through the 1800s, the ball served as a means to bring together people of similar social backgrounds, often for purposes of introducing young women and men of marriageable age. Coming-out balls, debutante balls, or cotillion balls became standard events by the mid-1800s, and have co

Evening Dress

Jane E. Hegland

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Although formal court dress has existed for centuries, there is consensus among dress historians that evening dress materialized as a discrete category in the mid-1820s. It is probably not coincidental that this form of dress emerged at roughly the same time the Romantic Movement in art and literature surfaced as an influence in European and American cultures. Romantics accentuated passion and sentiment, placing a greater emphasis on love rather than on duty. Other cultural factors such as increa

Ceremonial and Religious Dress in Australia

Lynne Hume

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

While indigenous Australians have occupied the continent of Australia for over forty thousand years, the British, including convicts, only began arriving in 1788 on the First Fleet, and Christian clergy arrived with them. Religion, customs, and dress of Europeans in those early years of colonization were based on the motherland of Great Britain, the settlers being largely monocultural. Since then Australian ceremonial and religious dress has been characterized by considerable diversity, and in th

Making and Retailing Exclusive Dress in Australia—1940s to 1960s

Roger Leong

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

From the 1940s through to the 1960s a handful of Australian society dressmakers, milliners, and quality stores made and sold couture-quality fashion. These key purveyors of exclusive and custom-made dress were found mainly in Sydney and Melbourne. They catered to an elite group of women, regarded as the leaders of fashionable society, whose demands for exclusive styles grew considerably after World War II. In the same period a small number of media organizations and department stores joined force

Hispanic and Latino American

Josephine M. Moreno

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The heritage of Latinos living in the United States and Canada is a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, European, Native, African, Asian, and other ancestry. Dress needs vary widely and are influenced in part by socioeconomic status, age, income, education, immigration status, faith, popular culture, and gender. Family values and faith play a significant role in Hispanic families and influence dress purchases, particularly for special occasion wear. Latinos also tend to be brand-conscious. Although a

Tuxedo

Alistair O’Neill

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The Melbourne Cup and Racewear in Australia

Juliette Peers

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Racewear is a highly visible, lucrative clothing subgenre in Australia, broadly characterized by formality, conscious nostalgia, or conservatism. In state capitals, it is governed by dress codes detailed in promotional coverage and on racing clubs’ Web sites, an adroit way to emphasize the sport’s superior glamour. Racing has always had elite connotations; in Eurocentric nineteenth-century Australian social life, racing events were part of the social calendar. The prestigious Melbourne Cup, found

Niue: Dress, Hats, and Woven Accessories

Hilke Thode-Arora

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The small Polynesian island of Niue is one of the highest coral islands in the world. Only its plateau, rising with steep cliffs above a jagged coastline, can be inhabited. Throughout Niue’s history droughts and famines have been experienced with regularity. There are no rivers on the island, and, although soil is fertile, vast stretches of land have been exhausted by shifting cultivation and ill-advised agricultural programs of the past. The soil is easily blown off by frequent and often devasta

Children’s Clothes

Viveka Berggren Torell

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The notion that children represent the future has influenced children’s dress for a long time. During the Enlightenment, childhood started to be seen as an important, separate period in a person’s life that ought to be devoted to a playful existence. At that time, philosophers advocated clothes allowing free movement of the body, to make it possible for children to develop according to their “inner path” and thereby become sensible adults. These ideas later reverberated in the twentieth century,

Formal Wear

Michael P. Londrigan

Source: Menswear. Business to Style, 2009, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Two theories prevail regarding the origins of the tuxedo. One theory credits Pierre Lorillard as the father of the tuxedo, while the other theory credits the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII). Most information available supports the Lorillard theory. However, the British version tells the following story: James Brown Potter, who happened to hail from Tuxedo Park, New York, was vacationing in England in 1886. After meeting the Prince of Wales, Mr. Potter and his wife were invited

Pants

Lori A. Knowles

Source: The Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers Menswear, 2005, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Men’s pant styles are not only fashionable, but also functional. Suit trousers must have a fine tailored appearance but must also hold their shape and resist damage. Casual styles must also look good and fit well. Durability is essential for these garments, considering the day-to-day use and frequent laundering they endure. Men’s pants are sold by waist size and inseam length, but they are also available with unfinished hems to be fitted. The term “drop”, used by tailors, refers to the difference

Vests

Lori A. Knowles

Source: The Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers Menswear, 2005, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Men’s vests come in many styles that range from casual to formal wear. Casual styles include fleece vests that insulate you from the cold, and vests that have multiple pockets (ideal for outdoor adventures). Formal styles include suit vests. A vest may be functional or a fashion item meant to add interest to an outfit. For example, a patterned silk vest or waistcoat might serve as the focal point of a formal ensemble. Vests are worn over shirts and therefore require extra ease, particularly in th

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