UNDERSTANDING SILHOUETTES—FASHION LESSONS for You!- (DGV FASHION ACADEMY)

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Sewing can come easy to so many people, but how many understand the real art of understanding what it takes to  bring out that eye-catching outfit?

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Its how you work on your designs to create a particular impression. This doesn’t only pertain to shape,
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but to the entire garment; fittings and accessories, and how it grabs attention as a whole.
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As a fashion designer, you learn and master the art of designing and combining fabrics and essentials to achieve a beautiful eye-catching piece. And coupling being a fashion stylist to this makes you the master of the art.

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(Which is our focus @ DGV FASHION ACADEMY)
Your job oversees the production and visualizes the end result. You must have seen it before the wearer does.
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Understanding silhouettes makes you a master in this field. It includes your—–
*Fabric choices
*Trimmings and combinations *Colours, considering your client’s skin type and shade
*suggestions on matching accessories.

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Have a good idea of the body features and parts to play on to create a perfect illusion on the on-lookers.

Natural Waist

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This is one of the most flattering silhouettes as it draws the attention to the smallest part of any individuals waist.
Attention to the waist can be made with a seam/darts , belt, fabric, color change, applique etc. Be watchful in this area if your client is very busty. This also works well with heavy middles.
The point at which you work the waist point in matters.
High Waist

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Same concept as natural waist but now the eye is raised to just below the bust line. This is extremely flattering on shorter individuals as it makes you appear taller.
High waist silhouette is also called Empire, which was made popular during the early 1800’s.
*creating this silhouttes works well on people with small bust.
*gives tall and long legs effect
Low Waist

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Dropped or low waist brings your eyes to the hips or just above the hips. Basically dropped from ones natural waist line.
This look can elongate ones upper body, but can easily shorten you too. So be watchful.
The client/wearer should have long legs or short upper body to reflect this well.
Fitted
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Fitted, exactly how it sounds. Fitted shows off all the curves on a body. If you’ve got it flaunt it! So the person really must have it.
Ensure the body can carry it! Dark colors can conceal areas you want to hide if the shape is not a perfect hourglass.
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*Dark colours make big people appear slimmer
* Stripes makes short people appear taller
*Horizontal stripes makes a slim person appear wider.
* Combination of stripes creates perfect silhouttes if you can be very creative.
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Trapeze
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Also known as Tent or Trapezoid. This literally looks like a triangle on an individual. Thus it may not be the most flattering on everyone.
This silhouette works well with sheer fabrics as it still shows off your curves. detailing this design well can make it work better.
Suitable for inverted triangle shaped people.
Chemise
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Think of chemise like a rectangle. From top to bottom its straight and shapeless. Very common on runways. It can hide a lot, shaped or shapeless.
Channel consistently brings out this silhouette each season. So Karl Lagerfeld must know something we don’t.
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You can get away with this easily if you’re sharp. It’s mostly seen in
Shift dresses and tops.
Wrap skirts etc

Fit & Flare
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Fit & Flare always have the shape and flow of an A-line and has the idea of a natural waist silhouette too. This silhouette is extremely common right now.
Dresses with pleats Peplums on and on……
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And works well for variety of shapes also the point where you cut the waist matters.
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Hope you have enjoyed learning about a few common silhouettes and now you can use some correct fashion terminology. It applies to men too in fabric and combo choices.
See you some other time. ….

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