The Art of Couture
Designing and creating a couture collection is a complex process that requires a lot of time, effort and skill. Inspiration leads to a presentation. But before you get to that point, there are some important steps you need to take to create couture collection:
Before you start creating a collection, you need inspiration. One way to find inspiration is to delve into current trends; but attending fashion shows or looking at art, architecture and nature can also give you new ideas.
The design process begins with sketches and putting ideas on paper. To do this, develop a strong vision for your collection and know who belongs to your target market. You make sure your design is not only unique, but also commercially viable.
Moulage is a technique in which fabrics are draped directly onto a mannequin to create a pattern. This is an important technique in making couture clothing because it allows for a perfect fit.
Patterns are made based on the moulage. You use the pieces of fabric from the cotton to then cut out the “real” fabric to make the garment.
With the choice of fabric, you make or break a design. Choosing the right fabric is therefore essential when creating a couture collection. Fabric can totally change the shape, feel and look of a garment.
Sewing the garments is a very important step in the process. Because couture clothes are sewn by hand, it benefits the perfect finish and durability of the clothes.
In particular, it is garment embellishment, such as embroidery, that is often used to add extra texture and dimension to couture garments. This can be done by hand or by machine.
Accessories such as shoes, bags and jewelry complete a couture collection. Choose the right accessories and use them to create the desired look. By doing so, you will enhance the design.
The presentation of the collection is as important as the making of it. You can show a collection in different ways: a fashion show is the most obvious way. But you can also create a lookbook through which you show your work to the world. Important in both ways of presentation is that you emphasize the atmosphere and look of the collection -from your inspiration- in the choice of setting and styling.
A fashionshow will vividly show the power of each design!
In conclusion, creating a couture collection is an intensive process that requires a lot of time, money and skills. But it can also be an extremely fulfilling experience for designers who want to bring their vision to life and express their creativity.
Ready for Couture
Maybe after reading the above blog post you are thinking: this is my dream! But where do I start? Then come Tuesday evening, March 28, to the presentation Ready for Couture in the studio of Saskia ter Welle Couture | Dutch Couture Academy in Doesburg.
More information and application via this page (in Dutch only)