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The dictionary meaning of inspiration is : the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. This video explains in details the importance of inspiration for a collection. Inspiration is a trigger point of any collection . The design journey starts from this point and travels through the whole design process to become a collection .The WHAT , WHY & HOW of fashion inspiration is explained in this video . Just like medically inspiration means "the act of drawing in specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs", designers research to explore the idea pool and finally identifying the "it" idea to fill their psychological and emotional being. Designer might be inspired by botanicals, art, film, animals ,architecture , history , military , Abstract though , music , musician , scientific hypothesis , culture , future or icon .The list and possibilities are endless.

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A fashion design portfolio is a collection of samples, illustrations, fabric swatches, etc., put together by a fashion designer to show off his or her skills to a prospective employer.  They are also used by students to show to admissions officers when applying to college.  They are also utilized when applying for apparel industry job opportunities.  Portfolios are part of a fashion designers resume. As young pass outs just from the fashion school, one of the most important things a fashion designer should do is his/ her portfolio development. A portfolio displays the work done by the designer. Having a great portfolio is very important for jump starting a career and getting jobs. In todays competitive world one has to make a mark for himself/herself. Fashion designers are mushrooming all over and a good Portfolio is one tool to get noticed. A portfolio is an important visual self-promotion and sales tool for any designer, fashion student or creative individual.

As a fashion designer, you are a professional who has been passionate about fashion for a very long time: keeping up to date with all the latest trends doesn’t feel like work to you as you absolutely love it. You’re quite good at sketching designs and selecting materials and you have a part in all the production aspects of their designs. You are great, you work behind the scenes and consumers love you, but you’re finding it difficult to create a standout resume. Whatever your career level, you’ll need a stylish and functional resume to complement your portfolio, or body of design work. While your portfolio shows off your previous creations, your resume is essential for communicating your education, experience and skills. 

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Branding is personalizing a product to ensure a balance between different economic values. In the fashion industry branding has become the dominant competitive strategy for all successful companies. “Branding in fashion is key to helping the customer solve the problem of expressing their individuality within the context of assumed dress codes. If you can’t communicate who you are as a brand and the type of person who would identify with your core values and aesthetic, then you won’t be able to sell it to them.” “Having a strong brand with compelling messaging helps customers connect to the clothing and accessories they wear. If a consumer relates to the brand, it creates a connection; the wearer feels as though the brand is an extension of themselves or at the least what the wearer would like others to perceive in them. What we wear plays a big part into how we are perceived straight off the bat. As much as we'd like to think otherwise, first impressions do count.”

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A fashion designer creates clothing, accessories, jewelry, footwear, costumes, and more. These can be wearable items for men, women, children, teens, dogs, cats, and even dolls and action figures. This is a highly competitive field; however, if you specialize in a niche area, you can improve your chances for success. Most people who enter this field are highly passionate about fashion and draw inspiration from numerous personal experiences and influences.

Some fashion designers will create their own pieces to sell; whereas, other fashion designers will be hired to make the sketches of others a reality by creating patterns, or design clothes for an already established brand anonymously without any recognition. Very few fashion designers will ever have their clothes featured on the catwalks of Milan or New York. It is far more realistic that, if your dream is to design clothing for men or women, your clothes will be worn by everyday people.

A fashion designer is one of those careers for which you do not require a degree to become successful. You will require exceptional natural talent if you do decide to skip the degree; however, many companies prefer candidates with a degree and exceptional talent. A degree can help teach you the industry jargon and provide you with a more detailed understanding of textiles, colors, fashion history, and more.

It can also help you with the latest technology, pattern making, and tips to improve your sewing and tailoring capabilities. If you plan to start your own business one day, a fashion degree is an essential resource to help you learn the business side of fashion. It will also help land you an internship and lead to greater employment opportunities and better pay.

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