Inspiration from the Latin "inspirer" means "to breathe into". The Greeks believed that inspiration comes from muses who were inspiring poets, musicians and designers to imagine and create.
Inspiration is an invisible source that helps you to visualise and create new things. Inspiration comes from anything you can see, feel, touch, hear and even smell. How many times have I been inspired by Chanel or Christian Dior perfumes!
Inspiration comes from anywhere such as history, art galleries, movies, architecture, nature, fabrics and fashion design shows. The list is endless.
Everything changes very fast in fashion industry, it happens almost every day. How can you get to stay inspired without losing your original inspiration? The answer is, if you find something you are passionate about and your heart bits fast and you feel excited, that is when you know you have been inspired by something huge! Take that idea, document it, sketch it or write about it.
Many fashion designers have to follow fashion trends, designers must predict what their customers want months in advance and tap into their customers mind and needs as much as possible.
You can follow the trends, or you can break the rules, and set your own trends.
Fashion trends change every 6 months, new styles and silhouettes introduced for the purpose of consumers to feel the need for new and different items in their closet. To know the upcoming trends, you should read magazines, visit trade shows, read trend reports and attend fashion shows.
There are many professional trend research companies that can provide a professional service and advice on upcoming fashion trends.
While you are learning how to design a fashion collection, take a closer look at how some fashion designers create their collections, what is their source of inspiration, what colours and materials they use, how many pieces do they include in their collections. Do they design fabric prints for their collections like Dolce and Gabbanna, or do they decorate their collections with 3D embellishments like Chanel?
Dolce and Gabanna Mediterranean heritage is evident in each collection's energy. Sicily has been giving tons of inspiration for the brand for years. Latest collections of D&G draw inspirations from the golden mosaics of Sicily's Cathedral of Monreale and Ancient Greek Mythology. The walls of the Cathedral are covered with mosaic-pictures in bright colors on a gold ground.The collection features printed mosaic patterns and amphitheaters on silk and linen, patterns of Greek coins and leather hand painted gold, and ancient columns as heels on shoes.
Fashion designers look for inspiration in some very surprising places, but who said inspiration comes from boring places? Alexander McQueen created a very unique collection inspired by the natural world-the bees.
The designer drew inspiration from the "matriarchal society where females rule". The collection featured bee and beehive inspired print and textures, and a honey-based natural palette. The wasp-waist corseted jackets were made of gold-on-black honeycomb-patterned jacquard.
Fashion designing is a creative process of taking a single fashion idea and turning it into a successful fashion collection. Fashion designing akin to any form of design, it aims at creation of masterpieces that become a trendsetter, a fad and a style statement.
Design process is a long process which includes a lot of trends research, sketching,
sourcing and selecting material, trims and colours,
patternmaking and production.
Designing is a blend of the following processes which involves the following:
by SARAH MOWER
The girls had pink-cheeked complexions and tousled hair flowing down their backs—a bunch of young English roses who might have been caught by Julia Margaret Cameron’s camera lens in Victorian times. What they were dressed in were the prettiest and most personal designs that have come from Sarah Burton since she took over as creative director of Alexander McQueen. Gone were the face-obscuring headdresses and ironclad corsets; gone the hobbling platform shoes. “I wanted it to be believable, touchable, soft,” said Burton backstage.
To an extent, the beautiful dresses—with their ruffles cascading across the body and falling off shoulders, the palette of pale pink, the flower-strewn patterns, the pristine cotton, the tattered lace, and the frock-coated tailoring—speak for themselves. Everything about them in these times when every camera phone has a zoom lens can be examined in all their extraordinary detail, down to the finest knitted stitches, the flower-painted wooden clogs, and the couture-level embroidery. On the other hand, for all that the ethereal lightness, whip-smart tailoring, and elaborate designs communicated a new, relaxed, of-the-season relevance, they also carried the story of a London history that Burton wanted to make known.
She explained that she’d been inspired by the 17th-century silk weavers of Spitalfields, members of the Huguenot Protestant faith who fled religious persecution in France and settled in London’s East End. “I loved the stories of how they arrived with very little, bringing seeds and bulbs in their pockets to grow. They were gardeners. And they wove their French flowers into the patterns on their silks.”
Burton’s choice of reference point was personal—she is a country girl with a real love of nature—but the resonances run deeper than her attraction to pretty flowers. Alexander McQueen traced part of his family bloodline back to some of the estimated 50,000 Huguenot refugees who were welcomed into Britain by the edict of King Charles II and became producers of high fashion silks for court finery and the great homes of England. McQueen was proud of that link to the first immigrants to bring luxury fashion to London, and he would surely approve of his former protégée using this platform to point to the parallels with today’s migrant crisis.
There was one silk dress, covered with sprigs of flowers, that came somewhere in the middle of the collection and was a near replica of a 17th-century court dress Burton examined. How funny to imagine that this delightful, demure dress might have its own outing at the British court in the 21st century.
When I travel I experience things around me differently, I get inspired by everything I see! On my recent cruise to the Pacific Islands (Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia) I did some sketching in my spare time.
Sharing with you some of my roughs inspired by the ocean, waves, and jewellery.
I purchased a gorgeous bracelet from Pica Lela on board of the Pacific Aria and got inspired by its unique and delicate design. During my spare time which I had a lot, I sketched a head piece inspired by the Pica Lela bangle design.
Happy Creative Travelling!
For the love of all shoes and the dedication of shoe design artists, there is a way to take your ideas and watch them come to life on paper. While the ideas are the focus of your dreams, the Shoe Design Drawing course offers you tips, techniques and professional inspiration in learning the finesse in shoe design. Dedicated solely to the shoe fanatic and artistic soul, I Design Shoes is the place for your dreams to come to life and dazzle the industry.
The purpose of a dream is to drive you in a direction to where you want to be and doing what you want to do. By tapping into your dreams, you will be taught to use those ideas to find outer inspirational sources to further enhance your capabilities. By harnessing your simple dream, you are a step in the right direction. With the assistance of an industry professional, you can learn the history of shoes and famous designers. While learning the products, you will see your imagination come to life.
Through your imagination and professional guidance, you will watch your abilities soar to new heights. As you refine and learn design skills, accessorizing, measuring and shoe materials, you will watch the look and quality of those dreams reach and exceed your expectations. Through a combination of your fashion preferences to the perfected look, you can count on I Design Shoes to walk alongside you and guide you in every direction. You will never go it alone, guidance; training and personalized service is part of the whole package. Grab onto something and keep yourself grounded, you are about to enter one of the most fascinating courses that will take you to the places you have always imagined.
As you proceed through the professionally driven course, you will continue to build upon each level with ease and comfort. Once your ideas are firmly drawn and designed on paper, you will focus on real sample sketches, proportions and measurements, designing collections and more. Each section will focus on your ultimate destination. Not to leave you hanging in the dust with a pocket full of designs, you will focus on your manufacturing and marketing skills. To be in touch with every aspect of your career, it will serve you well to know and understand the business start to finish.
Your manufacturing and marketing skills will focus on getting your product made to your specification and in the quantities that you need. If you know your market, you will know your need. You will learn how to combine both worlds into one step as well as the factors that will make your dream a reality.
Take your time and take the step with I Design Shoes. They are industry professionals ready to take you into a world that was once only a dream. See your progress and experience the realities as you showcase your true fashion sense. Publish your designs and build a great reputation through the powerful world of social media. This is all included in a one price completed course package. One foot in and you will see the lines come together in a complete collection. Start Designing Shoes Today!
By Alexandra Manea
How would it be to find some sketches created by you in a magazine or a popular newspaper? As a fashion illustrator you have to know to design quality images, to be taken over by designers or apparel companies. Also, the content created by illustrators may be incorporated into television, print or online advertisement. Wouldn’t be great to see your entire work into an ad?
To reach these results, your drawings must represent the clothing very well and to be marketable and visually appealing at the same time. Knowing that you need some advice from professionals in order to improve your abilities in drawing, Olena Luggassi has prepared these courses that will help you in becoming a successful fashion illustrator and designer!
If you want to learn everything about design development and to know how to make a presentation of a fashion range based o a theme or storyline, The Professional Fashion Illustration Drawing course and Design A Fashion collection course will teach you to draw and design your own fashion illustrations, designs and collections!
The design course will also teach you how to select the proper colours and fabrics and to prepare your worksheets with manufacturing specifications and pattern pieces.
Also, you will find everything that you need regarding the research of fashion trends. You will learn how to create an amazing Portfolio which will be presented to your clients, containing your best sketches and drawings.
You will learn how to select and mix colours in making a fashion collection. You will have information about what pattern pieces are and how to develop a design sheet with manufacturing specifications.
Being aware that inspiration is hard to find sometimes, The Professional Fashion Illustration Drawing course, Design A Fashion collection course, and Shoe design Drawing Course will offer you many tips that will increase your creativity and make your ideas emerge faster.
An entire lesson of Design A Fashion collection course will be about the manufacturing process and how much it might cost you.
Knowing that you deserve a prize finishing this course you will receive a Certificate that will attest your skills and a Free Online Support regarding your work.
Are you passionate about shoes and making a career of it is your dream for ages? Then you should consider taking the Shoe Design and Drawing Course, which will teach you how to use your imagination and create diverse, artistic and inspired varieties of shoes. All you need is just a piece of paper, inventive colours and creativity!
This course represent a way to connect with your inner self and discover your style and preferences, printed materials and a lot of templates to increase your skills and help you become a great designer!
Do you know how the first pair of shoes was created? You will find out in the History of Shoes lesson. High heels is a must at different occasions, so you will find their history too for improving your knowledge about fashion. You will learn about the diverse shoe styles from various eras and how to develop a shoe range in unique and interactive lessons that will keep you engaged in the information.
Do you want to start a business in fashion? Containing 20 years of knowledge and resources in building a successful business, Professional Fashion Business Course will teach you how to register, how to find the right employees or which should be your short and long term goals. It will also help you in creating a business plan offering the best templates and examples. You will gain knowledge in creating and launching your own web store and you will learn about marketing strategies that will help you in increasing your visibility on Social Media pages.
Beside the knowledge that you will gain after finishing this courses, you will learn how to make your first steps into becoming an amazing fashion illustrator. Also, you will receive practical knowledge, read case studies, get worldwide directory of suppliers, manufacturers and companies that want to work with you!
Does this sound like a dream? It can become reality! Start one of the courses right now!
By Alexandra Manea, Bucharest
The art of fashion drawing will always be very important even if technology gets more advanced every day. Illustrating gives you the opportunity to put your ideas on paper, making them look real, representing a skill that every designer should have in the contemporary world. Did you know that when the Internet and great cameras didn’t exist, fashion illustrators had an essential role in showing a designer’s creations?
Can you imagine how it would be to describe in words a piece of clothing and expect that someone will be able to do it? Even if you put in front of that person the material you want to be used for your clothes it will be very hard to express your ideas. Having a sketch prepared will be more efficient because it will show exactly what’s in your mind and misunderstandings will be avoided. Remember that drawing transcends the language, being the perfect visual representation of your design.
The great thing about learning how to draw fashion illustration is that you can make a brilliant career in this field. Textile industry represents the larger industry in the world! One walk through the mall can make you realise what power the clothes have in the retail. Think about how frequently styles change. Further, clothes can’t last forever and the wardrobe should be renewed once in a while. These are just some reasons why the careers in fashion design are so abundant.
Do you even know what means to be a fashion illustrator? You should know how to draw clothing, either on or off the figure, using your creativity and every idea that cross to your mind.
If you are afraid that intelligent computers, Internet or latest generation camera will represent an obstacle for your future career as a Fashion Illustrator, let me give you an insight about how things are really going on. Readers always want to see organic art, sketch and drawings even if some magazines prefer to use photos to capture the latest trends. Customers are interested in creativity, in real transformations and a drawing will always have a bigger impact. The need for hand design will never disappear completely because a sketch can be quickly modified and makes visible all the smaller details of clothing. Also some factories and clients will understand better the concept of a designer if his ideas are transposed in visual results. Even artist who are working exclusively on the computer need the ability to draw! Imagination and ideas come easily on the paper even if technology provides a lot of features to help fashion designers.
Drawing so much can motivate you to make your own clothes and not spending money in the stores from the mall. You can follow the trends and make your own design, using beautiful material. Of course, the recipe will be completed after you put some time and a part of your soul into the skirt or blouse that you want to make for yourself. A big advantage is that you will wear something unique and you won’t be surprised seeing that somebody is dressed like you on the street.
Also, you can create your personal style and make an entire collection of clothing. Wouldn’t be great to wear an entirely collection of clothes at different occasions with your signature on it? Though, if you want to get in this industry as an illustrator to make a portfolio is a good way to increase your visibility and to share your wonderful ideas.
If you want to start learning how to draw fashion illustration take a look at this courses https://www.olenaluggassi.com/fashion-and-design-online-courses.html
It is created by professionals and it will improve your skills offering you some tips and tricks that can be used to make your creative ideas work effectively for you. Olena Luggassi customers come from all over the world, United States, Monaco, Hawaii, Spain, Italy, Australia and other countries.
You will learn how to prepare your Fashion portfolio and will help you to elevate your designing talents to unprecedented heights.
What do you waiting for? Make the first step in becoming a fashion illustrator!
The room smells strongly of burning sage, and there are old books stacked high on wooden shelves. An antique distillation kit sits in the disused fireplace with tiny glass bottles of oil, and long swaths of black cowhide hang from the walls.
But most striking is the chameleonic couture on display.
A bejeweled headdress, created with Swarovski's gemstones division, changes color based on the heat generated by the wearer's neural activity, thanks to hyper-conductive stones and heat-sensitive ink. The three sculptural leather jackets are infused with dye formulas that change color in response to different stimuli: friction, the temperature and humidity of the room, and intense heat. In its own room is a fragile ceramic dress called Eighthsense, covered with hand-painted pixels that reflect brain activity detected by an accompanying EEG headset.
This was the public's formal introduction to The Unseen, a trio of London fashion designers using chemistry, digital technology and exquisite tailoring to create fashion magic.
Bowker, who has studied both fashion and chemistry, first started developing responsive color-change compounds while earning her Masters in textiles at the Royal College of Art, inspired by the debilitating spinal condition that has her in and out of hospital.
Credit to W: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/10/world/when-chemistry-meets-couture/index.html
By Andrea Christine
As Featured on SimplyFashionTV
Have you always loved fashion? Are you a natural at styling and want to venture into designing? It may be time to try out a fashion drawing class!
Professional designer Olena Luggassi is now accepting enrollment for her Fashion Illustration & Drawing online course. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Olena can help you achieve results, empowering you to capture your dreams and make a living doing it.
The process of designing requires a plethora of skills but perhaps the most essential is the ability to sketch well. The video tutorials included in this online course guides you step-by-step through the designing process including proportions and foreshortening, drawing face and hair, drawing garments, colour rendering techniques, and so much more.
It’s important that, as a designer, you cultivate and express your creativity. After this course, you’ll develop your own personal signature style! It’s perfect for anyone who wants to begin working on their fashion portfolio or wants to become an illustrator. You’ll be able to pursue your dreams immediately after taking this class with the power to communicate visually giving you a huge advantage in the fashion world.
Each online lesson is stuffed full of motivational and inspirational quotes from fashion designers and entrepreneurs from around the world. Everyone started exactly where you are now!
At the end of Olena’s class, you’ll receive a certificate of completion! You’ll then be prepared for the next step in considering a career in the glamorous fashion design industry!
Andrea Christine on SimplyFashionTV
How to Become a Fashion Designer in 1 Year
The glittery and glamorous world of fashion has never failed to attract the attention of many people, women and men alike. This is the reason why it is not a big surprise that even at a very early age, most individuals consider fashion design as a profession that they want to pursue. Whether you are someone who spent most of your childhood years making clothes for Barbie dolls, or you read the fashion magazines instead of your school books or you have ran your own boutique in your basement when you were only 9 years old, then, you know that right from the start, being a fashion designer is your true destiny. This means that for you to be as popular and successful as Coco Channel or Yves Saint Laurent, you need to have this obsession and passion for passion, utterly and completely.
However, there are a lot of facets that are involved with this profession and if for an aspiring fashion designer like yourself, it takes to know every single pertinent detail for you to make it big in the field. If you want to know the secrets on how to become a fashion designer in 1 year, here is a short and simple but definitely helpful guideline that you might want to keep in mind.
Education is Your Best Strategy
The number of ways for embarking on your journey in fashion is almost as infinite as the number of designs that you can come up with it. Successful names like Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren have their own share of unique strategies when they were just starting out. But there is no denying that the perfect and fundamental foundation is to finish a fine arts degree in fashion. However, you can gain this foundation by studying from one of the best design teachers Olena Luggassi, study in your own time and pace. Whether you accept it or not, the society we are living in dwells on skills and knowledge, not just a degree, then you know that you have the edge among others.
Understand and Familiarize the Business
While one year might seem like a pretty short period for you to become a fashion designer, the truth is it can actually be done. After you have chosen your school, you can now start learning things, like drawing and sewing. Learn about colors and sketch your ideas. Learn all that you can learn regarding the industry, like the fashion trends and try predicting the things that can become famous and in demand in the near future. Learn about fashion’s sales aspect and familiarize the profiles of buyers. And during the course of your education, start creating your portfolio that will showcase your creativity.
The last but not the least, get some experience in the industry in any way possible. Be an assistant to some well known designers and start producing your own designs and submitting them. And once your designed gets noticed, prepare for your rise as the newest fashion designer.
TAKE YOUR LIFE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Dance Like a Dragonfly
I would love to share with you another amazing success story.
In April 2013 I have received an email from a young professional woman who was interested in designing and producing exclusive dancewear. Her name is Olga Garber, a young Australian entrepreneur, business development manager, dancer, and designer and creator of exclusive custom made dancewear.
Olga has started a dancewear label Dance Like a Dragonfly. She designs and creates custom fit and custom made dresses in Sydney, in her design studio. Attention to detail, amazing handwork and beautiful finish make Olga Garber very popular between professional dancers. Her dresses definitely stand out on the dance floor!
When I met Olga, she already knew exactly what she needed - being able to put her design ideas on paper, draw fashion illustrations, learn patternmaking for dance costumes and improve her sewing skills.
We designed a program to focus on drawing, patternmaking and sewing skills.
In Olga’s words: “I started making costumes first when I had a dance show group. After dancing for many years I have also developed passion for dance/sport dresses. The diamantes, feathers, frills and lace…I have started making Latin and ballroom dresses for competitive dancers. In order to add more professional finish to my work I have started taking private tutorials with Olena Luggassi. The lessons have made dramatic difference to the quality of the dresses and have taken me to the next level of dressmaking.
First of all would love to thank you for the support and a bit of a kick push my professional hobby. I have not stopped making dresses! The drawing lesson was huge help and the tips for finishes made all the difference.
I have made 14 dresses this year and 3 more to finish. Very happy with myself. The lessons were best thing I could have done!”
Olya’s contact details:
mobile phone 0413917744
Back in April, I attended the annual Fashion Palette event, an organization which aims to assist emerging designers in gaining much needed exposure in an industry in which new labels can rise to the top in seemingly an instant only to be unceremoniously spat out seasons later.
Fashion Palette allows these young designers to showcase their latest (or even debut) collections via a runway show to both the public as well as industry professionals giving them the chance to reach their target market.
One of the labels that stood out to me during the event was Maple & Ray, a creation of Sydney designer Renee Saliba and her imaginary friend Maple. After humble beginnings at Glebe markets (where she was selling both vintage and original garments) she decided it was time to reach the broader community, thus launching Maple & Ray as an online store which creatively and cleverly encompasses both the reinvention of pre-loved garments as well as original Maple & Ray pieces.
The latest collection (which was spied on the runway at Fashion Palette) is titled Pour la Couteur, literally translating to For the Colour which is rather apt considering the pops of lime, maroon, deep blues, greens and fuchsia used throughout. Peplum jackets, high-waisted wide legged tailored pants, jumpsuits and shift dresses with dainty cap sleeves all featuring panels of contrasting shades make it a bold range just perfect for that young, fresh woman who dares to be a little different as was originally intended.
Olena Luggassi is an Australian Fashion Designer who has certainly carved a niche for herself in the fashion industry since 2005. Thanks to her exemplary work, she has been a role model for many. Olena has loads of enriching experience in designing, illustrating, making patterns apart from producing fashionable clothes by maintaining the highest degree of professionalism especially when it comes to its cut and finish.
Increasing number of people understand her mettle since her precision in the work speaks volumes about her enriching skills. Being a wonderful tutor, she has been imparting her skills and she is registering the presence of ever increasing students who are taking lessons from her. Olena is known for producing outstanding quality of fashionable clothes. The designer is well aware of the latest designs and periodically updates her style with the changing trends. After all, in such a fashion conscious world, we do not want to stick to the outdated styles, which do not exist any longer. Students are keen on learning the things in a quick and effective way. Now they are getting the opportunity to learn intricate and sophisticated things in a highly professionalized and effective way from Olena Luggassi.
Olena Luggassi has the reputation of working as a Fashion Design lecturer at the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney. Her loads of experience bears testimony to the fact that she is a bundle of “real” experience as she was also a production assistant for Bora Fashion house along with Airs & Graces Fashion house.
The designer has been in the field for whopping 25 years and her dedication to such a wonderful profession has indeed made a truly wonderful human being as well. Her exemplary skills have carved a niche for herself, which others will find it difficult to attain for sure.
2005 was the year when she launched her fashionable label “Olena Luggassi” in Brisbane, Australia.
Olena Luggassi teaches various sorts of courses such as Sewing and Dressmaking courses, Patternmaking courses, Swimwear and Lingerie sewing courses, Sewing a wedding dress course, Fabric designing and Fabric printing among others. Olena also runs Business workshops on How to Start a Fashion Business or Label.
Olena offers Correspondence courses such as Fashion illustration drawing course, Shoe design drawing course, Create and develop a Fashion collection drawing course, Fashion Business course and many other courses.
If you are looking to start a fashion business, then look for the related course, which gives you training in the right way. So, if you are looking forward to enrol yourself, then do not wait any further. The classes are held in Sydney, NSW in the evenings and on weekends.
The best thing is that there are only up to three students in each class that makes learning the fashion all the more easy and fun as well.
After completing the course, students get the certificate of completion that indeed carries a lot of weight age as it authenticates the fact that they have taken training from highly reputed designer.
Hence, make best use of time so that you can learn exemplary skills and art in making some of the authenticated designer clothes. After all, you are just few steps away in getting a name for yourself, as it is the luxury that only few can get by getting training from one of the best designers. Finally, if you want to get highly professionalized teachings then get these courses so that you can have endless reasons to enjoy to the fullest. In this way, you can accomplish your dreams with ease as well. Thereby, life will in fact witness a pleasant change forever and you will stand on your own legs by equally earning in a handsome way as well. So, what are you waiting for?
I have had a beautiful Easter celebration lunch at the top restaurant of Burj Kalifa. I have also had the privilege to try a Golden Easter Egg. Beautiful!
I love travelling and looking at how people live in different countries, and what they wear. Visiting new places is so refreshing and inspirational for your mind and creativity.
My recent trip to Dubai in search for inspiration (April 2012). I found some beautiful places and amazing fashionable pieces in the desert country of UAE. Stunning silks, hand made Alladin shoes made of camel leather & hand beading.I also came across some Fashion students' exhibition and took a few pictures of their work...Fashion designers look for inspiration EVERYWHERE, it's really all around you! Wishing you to find your inspiration!