Being a fashion aspirant, are you familiar with what does haute couture, lookbook or mandarin collar mean? If your answer is “no” to any of these, then don’t worry as you are definitely not alone in facing this challenge. All your confusion regarding the ambiguous fashion jargon is going to be clarified now. Careers360 has presented here fashion terms and their meanings that you must know in order to get acquainted with the domain. Below is your fashion lingo cheat sheet in which you can find meanings of the stylish terms.
1. Ready To Wear
Meaning: Garment that is produced by factory in standard sizes
Detail: Originated from French phrase “prÃªt-Ã -porter”, it means any attire, which is not custom made. Almost every fashion house and contemporary brand makes it.
2. Haute Couture
Meaning: The business of designing and selling custom-made garments for exclusive clients
Detail: This clothing is especially worn by celebrities. According to French law, to be considered a haute, you need to employ 15 or more people and showcase your collection twice a year.
3. Capsule Collection
Meaning: An edited collection of replaceable cloth items
Detail: Under this idea, customers are given nearly ten staple cloth pieces like trousers, coats, blouses, etc. that are mixed and matched for maximising outfit potential.
4. Pop-Up Shop
Meaning: A temporary retail store
Detail: Depending on retailer, a trendy pop-up shop generally lasts anywhere from few days to several weeks. Some brands use it for promotion of campaigns, while some use it for sample sales and parties.
Meaning: A collection of images that showcases a designer’s forthcoming compilation
Detail: This is useful for brands that don’t have a runway show, but are willing to showcase their collection in a creative manner. This is helpful in showing different ways in which a product can be styled so that customers can have a look at it.
Meaning: General outline of a garment
Detail: It is the contour of a clothing piece. For instance, a shift dress has a straight and shapeless silhouette.
7. Bias Cut
Meaning: A diagonally cut garment
Detail: The fabric adheres and cascades over the curves because it is cut diagonally, thereby creating a flattering shape.
8. Knife Pleat
Meaning: Tight pleats situated one inch apart
Detail: It is a sharp and narrow pleat that is folded in the same direction, overlapping each other. This is among the most popular forms of pleat.
Meaning: Stitching or embroidering one fabric onto another
Detail: This is an ornamental needlework in which fabric pieces are stuck or sewn on a larger fabric to create a pattern or picture.
Meaning: Checkered or lightweight striped fabric used for making summer and spring clothes
Detail: Made of rayon, linen or cotton, this fabric has uneven or puckered surface.
11. Fluted Hem
Meaning: A hem with fabric that alternates inward and outward
Detail: The fluted hem skirt is slim along waist and hips having a ruffled, flared hem that results in a snake-like effect.
12. Cap Sleeves
Definition: A sleeve that extends a short distance from shoulder and tapers to nothing under arm
Detail: It is a flattering cut elongating arms and covering shoulders.
13. Dirndl Skirt
Definition: A full, wide skirt having tight and fitted waistline
Detail: It has originated from traditional German ensemble that is popular with 50s inspired collections. It also includes a bodice, blouse and an apron.
Definition: An ornamental shoulder embellishment
Detail: An epaulet can be usually seen on trench coats and military uniforms. It also provides authenticity to replica styles.
Definition: Decorative fine wire work that is generally in silver/gold with an addition of small beads.
Detail: This jewellery method is known for its delicate and feminine finish. It is a popular decorative technique since 3000 BC.
Definition: Piece of fabric worn over shoes that extends to ankle or knee
Detail: This is a protective covering of cloth/leather for ankle and lower leg. It is majorly used in equestrian and military worlds for protection.
Definition: A V-shaped weave resembling skeleton of a herring fish
Detail: It comprises columns of short parallel lines. This is a trendy pattern for tweed and wool outerwear.
Definition: Fabric’s property that appears to change color when it comes in contact with light
Detail: It means showing luminous colors that appear to change when seen from different angles. This is popularly used for making party clothes.
19. Jouy Print
Definition: White/off-white background on which a repeated pattern displaying a detailed scene is appeared
Detail: Designers adopt this design to depict scenes of safari, sea, garden, etc. on different fabric pieces.
20. Mandarin Collar
Definition: A close, small and upright collar
Detail: This type of collar has originated from traditional Chinese garments. It creates a minimalist feel, and is widely used in oriental-inspired collections.
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