Beyond dummies & dresses

beyond dummies & dresses

Scissors on the half cut cloth, measuring tape on the dummy shoulders, cloth pieces lying here and there, some colorful pictures pinned on the standing soft board – a perfect description of a designing room !!! But is fashion setup just about dummies, dresses and drapes? The answer is NO. There are in fact a lot of factors that come and play a role and make up the entire ensemble of a fashion setup and in a larger picture – fashion industry!!

From a point where a designer is born, till the time when he/ she gets to launch the individual brand. There a whole lot of uncertainties and probabilities, and the major deciding factor is the decision that he/ she makes during that journey duration. Everyone in this market wants to take a short cut to get to the top. And specially in such a fragile industry like fashion and bollywood, the shortcuts are majorly aspired for.   

Amid this hustle of fast moving bodies & swiftly changing minds, people forget to ponder on the basics of designing field. These basics are ever changing with demand and time, thus it can never be formulated or placed into a specific shape and form.

For eg. When a student takes admission in a designing college or institute, then the first and foremost thing that strikes his/ her mind is the idea of becoming a creative person or of certain highly elevated souls – become a perfect designer!! But is designing field/ designing education all about differently designing and draping clothes?

 Well, answer  to the aforesaid question is – NO. Since in present scenario there are plenty of options available for an aspiring designing person.

In this particular article we are going to discuss about the aspects of designing field that are beyond dummies & dresses. So, basically there are 3 major aspects which are equally important for a student to know being in a designing career.


Before start to build up any collection or even while starting to construct a dress, a designer always has that design fully constructed in his/her mind. This is what is called as conceptualization of the design. There are many steps involved in building up an entire concept. That includes ideation, inspiration, theme and many others. Collecting all these points, a designer moves towards creating a concept in his/ her cognition.    


Every person has a peculiar and unique body type which can never be generalized into the category. In order to put a bit of a generalist approach towards it, people have categorized body types into hourglass, straight, empire line etc. But no two bodies in this world are entirely same. Thus while designing dresses this things needs to considered majorly that a women’s body type is never like a dummy. And thus it becomes utmost necessary to consider all kind of imperfections and contours of the body one is designing for.  


Creating a designer wear doesn’t always means to put up everything possible in this universe into one design. A dress may just have a solid color with perfectly seemed edges and can be the most revealing designer wear of the season. Thus putting up every type of cuts, permutations & combinations into the dress you are designing may not always work.

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