We are all part of the Fashion industry. Throughout history, fashion has had a huge impact on societies around the world. In addition fashion has been a picture of the events and inventions of these time periods. Clothing provides us protection from the elements of weather as well as occupational hazards. It serves as a way to identify our roles and status in society and satisfy our social needs for modesty.
But, clothing does so much more than just cover our bodies. Clothes often characterize who we are, what we do, and how we feel about ourselves. Clothing can affect a person’s mental attitude. As Mark Twain once wrote, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
The fashion business is a global industry. Constantly changing to reflect the needs and ever changing desires of the consumer. Designers, manufacturers, and retailers collaborate to create, manufacture, market and sell apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, and other accessories.
This semester fashion career students have been studying the history of clothing from the cave man to the present. They have looked at famous designers from the 20th Century and evaluated their contributions to the industry. Through fashion sketching students have demonstrated multiple problem solving skills by developing garment designs for various clients and situations and putting those ideas on paper. In addition they have all begun to learn basic sewing skills by creating bags, pants, shirts, skirts, and jackets.
Looking ahead, next semester students will continue to develop an understanding of this huge industry through the study of textiles. Textiles is the “Science of apparel”. Students will learn about fibers, fabric construction, fabric finishes, global issues and actually create their own fabrics. In addition, six students will be participating and competing with other students from the district in the fourth annual Goodwill sponsored fashion show and swap on February 6, 2014.