Category: Fashion & Style

Imagining Fashion 20 Years Down The Line

Let’s say it is the year 2040. You are walking to your local café for a cup of organic latte when your eye catches upon a dress. You click an image using a device on your eyes and upload it to your 3D printer. By the time you return home from the café, the dress is ready to be worn in your exact size specifications. This scenario might be too outrageous to think right now, but it is very much possible.

The future of the fashion industry is going to change drastically in the coming decade. Every expert in the field says so. In the coming years, 3D printed clothes will become the norm; fashion shows will be holographic and merchandising will be done via virtual reality. While the exact picture we painted is yet to be achieved, some inroads have already been made. Let’s take a look at two innovations that are happening right now.

• Sustainable fabric and thread are the ‘it’ thing of fashion. Material that is friendly to the environment and healthier for the body are being created left, right and centre. The young consumer is opting for brands and designers that are eco-conscious which has led to a spurt of fabrics like Pinatex. It is a material made out of the fibre found in pineapple. There are other experiments being done to create clothes out of coffee beans, apples, and tea.
Ultimately, the aim is to generate polymer threads – fibres that are five times thinner than the hair of humans but with extreme tensile strength.

• Wearable fabrics are one more field that has seen tremendous innovation. At present, besides bracelets and watches that can track the health of the wearer, there are some materials that can record the heartbeat of a person. Though only at the prototype stage, wearable garments hope to become the new way of keeping track of the fitness of an individual.

The broader goal of such clothes is to have in-built sensors that can be utilised by companies to gather data. Another is to make the fabric respond to alterations in water, light, and temperature. Lastly, to build threads that can modify the colour and design by the press of a button.

We might not be quite there yet, but the hope is bright. Every year we are getting that much closer to the target.

2 Career Paths For Fashion Enthusiasts In India

 

Your days are spent staying up to date with the latest trends in fashion, nationally and internationally. You have the knack to know which attire will suit a person and which not. You have the passion, creativity, and innovation to make outstanding clothes. If these sentences describe you to the T, then a profession in the field of fashion may be the right thing for you. Here are two paths that you can walk on to build a successful career in the sector.

• Textile Designer

The different types of fabrics and cloths utilised to create attires are called textiles. The material can be printed, woven or knitted. Some examples of them are:

o tie-and-dye
o wool
o phulkari
o khadi

A textile designer is a person who creates patterns and motifs on these fabrics. They do so by using procedures such as:

o yarn making
o weaving
o knitting
o dyeing
o finishing processes

Also called apparel designers, they are experts at the technical end of the fashion industry. For them, knowing the properties of fibres, yarns, and dyes is day-to-day work. They are even masters at the production of fabrics.

• Fashion Designers

It is one career option that every man and woman will be aware of because it gets the most publicity. Remember, a fashion designer is entirely different from a textile designer. While a fashion designer will use cloth and fabric to create outfits, the textile designer will be the one to get that cloth made. The work of a fashion designer is to create gorgeous garments for a client including its accessories.

Some examples of the top designers in India are:

o Ritu Kumar
o Manish Malhotra
o Sabyasachi
o Masaba Gupta
o Anita Dongre

It is the work of these incredibly talented people which motivates others to step on to the field. A good fashion designer will have the following qualities:

o Creative talent
o Artistic ability
o Flair for design
o Ability to keep up with trends
o Awareness of market conditions

It is the blend of these 5 characteristics that make a flourishing fashion designer and one that is much sought out.

A few colleges and institutes that offer courses to students opting to be a fashion or textile designer are National Institute of Design and National Institute of Fashion Technology. Both NID and NIFT are highly acclaimed academies in the field.