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Expressing You!

  1. 1. Expressing You Fashion Design: the artist’s dream
  2. 2. The Dream <ul><li>Many people of the artistic nature come to accept that their passion cannot be their career. </li></ul><ul><li>However, there are opportunities out there – and fashion design is and excellent choice to pursue. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Road <ul><li>It doesn’t take much to take on this career – just a passion, an idea, and a general knowledge of basic design principles. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step One <ul><li>There are six basic principles of design that you will need to familiarize yourself with. </li></ul><ul><li>Scale </li></ul><ul><li>Proportion </li></ul><ul><li>Rhythm </li></ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis </li></ul><ul><li>Harmony </li></ul>
  5. 5. 6 Principles of Design <ul><li>BALANCE – the concept of visual equilibrium. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two kinds: </li></ul><ul><li>symmetrical and asymmetrical. </li></ul>Symmetrical means both sides are equal and the same. Asymmetrical indicates that one side offsets the other, adding a point of interest.
  6. 6. 6 Principles of Design <ul><li>PROPORTION – the dimensional elements of each piece of a garment in relation to the others. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, the size of </li></ul><ul><li>this coat in relation to the </li></ul><ul><li>other part of the outfit. </li></ul><ul><li>The larger size offsets and </li></ul><ul><li>adds a point of interest to </li></ul><ul><li>the outfit. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6 Principles of Design <ul><li>RHYTHM – the flow of an outfit that draws your eyes down it. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be a repetition </li></ul><ul><li>of texture, shape, or </li></ul><ul><li>pattern on a fabric. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, the </li></ul><ul><li>geometric pattern of </li></ul><ul><li>this dress draws your </li></ul><ul><li>eye down the outfit. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 6 Principles of Design <ul><li>EMPHASIS – the focal point of an outfit, where your eye is first drawn. </li></ul><ul><li>It is specifically designed to be the place you look at first. </li></ul><ul><li>An example is the large ruffle at the top of this dress! </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6 Principles of Design <ul><li>SCALE – the size in general of aspects of a garment. </li></ul><ul><li>It relates the size </li></ul><ul><li>to objects and space </li></ul><ul><li>around the garment </li></ul><ul><li>itself. </li></ul><ul><li>The example here </li></ul><ul><li>would be the large </li></ul><ul><li>poofy skirt or the very </li></ul><ul><li>obvious sleeves. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 6 Principles of Design <ul><li>HARMONY – basically, the idea that all parts of an outfit match or belong. </li></ul><ul><li>It allows the just the right amount of pieces in an outfit. </li></ul><ul><li>If you examine the professionally designed outfit here, you will see that all part of the outfit fit together to make it pleasing to the eye. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Journey <ul><li>After mastering these 6 important elements, the next step is improving upon and developing your talents. </li></ul><ul><li>Get drawing! </li></ul><ul><li>Visit an art critic and have your work reviewed. </li></ul><ul><li>Start looking at colleges that offer the degree you want. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where to Start? <ul><li>Art Critics – a popular day to visit a review is National Portfolio Day. You can get information on it at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>You can also find local art critics to help you with your work. </li></ul><ul><li>Even just finding an art teacher to look at it can help! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Where to Go? <ul><li>There are many colleges out there that can provide you with the knowledge you need to pursue this career, and here are some to choose from: </li></ul><ul><li>The International Academy of Design & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Brooks College in CA </li></ul><ul><li>Collins College in AZ </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus College of Art & Design </li></ul><ul><li>Academy of Art University </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Key! <ul><li>The thing to keep in mind when considering a career in the arts is that you must keep an open mind. Invite constructive criticism and allow yourself to be molded into the creator you always dreamed yourself to be. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Cited Sources: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> /images </li></ul>