Footwear Designer Case Study

Question Please choose one of the iconic shoe designers, such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, or Manolo Blahnik—or another prominent designer, such as Jimmy Choo or Stuart Weitzman. Learn more about your chosen designer's designs, clientele, fashion legacy, and corporate practices that have secured their place in footwear history. Why do you think they were so successful? Which of their designs do you find most intriguing? How do they fit into the fashion imagery we have explored thus far in the course? Please share your findings with at least five corresponding images. Answer Footwear Designer Case Study The fashion industry is one of the most competitive industries in the globe today. A fashion designer be it a footwear designer, perfume designers or a dress designer needs to be well informed and skilled to have the ability to move and change with changes in the industry and market. Footwear designers create new designs and sample patterns for men’s, women’s and children’s footwear (McKelvey, 2011). In most cases, they use computers and...
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THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Question Review at least 10 of the latest seasonal collections presented at New York Fashion Week. A searchable image database is available on vogue.com, style.com, and the New York Fashion Week official site. Can you spot the little black dress legacy today? Which designers attempted their own variations on the LBD? Who paid homage to the color? What looks did you find most authentic and captivating? Present your findings with at least three to five images. Answer The Little Black Dress   The little black dress legacy still lives on even in today’s fashion arena. Most London-based designers had their own variations on the LBD, and the results were amazing – there was pomp & color, and most fashion items indicated hyper-street fashion. Fig. 1.1. Natalie Portman This figure shows Natalie Portman wearing a fashionable Rotarde dress from the 2015-2016 Winter collection. What is fascinating about this dress is the unique lace designs that adorn it. Drew Barrymore paid homage to the color.   Fig. 1.2 Diane Kruger Diane Kruger is another model who wore...
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Case Study: Photographer as Icon-Patrick Demarchelier‘s Career

Question Please explore the photographer Patrick Demarchelier‘s career in more detail. Who has this photographer collaborated with? What are the recurring themes and elements in their work? In your opinion, what makes their images memorable? How have they influenced fashion? Report your findings in up to 250 words and at least five images. Answer Patrick Demarchelier‘s Career   Patrick Demarchelier is one of the greatest fashion photographers and among world’s famous fashion photographers. He was born in France but it is at New York where his fashion photography career flourished. Patrick Demarchelier has collaborated with a number of renowned photographers such as Jacque Guilbert, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Terry King. These photographers particularly impacted his career greatly by serving as his role model in the fashion photography industry. Most of Patrick Demarchelier’s photos illuminate a particular natural quality. Fig. 1.1. Women in beautiful dresses   Demarchelier’s photos mostly features beautiful women, however, one thing stands out: the photos depict a photographer who has a sense of fashion, one who understands how clothes should look...
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Access a copy of Vogue and two or three other current editions of fashion magazines. 

Question Access a copy of Vogue and two or three other current editions of fashion magazines.  Analyze the visual content from the point of view of fashion iconography. What recurrent objects, people, and places are depicted? Are there direct or indirect references to religion, mythology, or folklore?  Write a summary of your findings. Identify media usage of objects, themes, persons, and spaces that are considered iconic in fashion. Answer Iconography Vogue Magazine uses fashion iconography in most of its news features and articles. The images and symbolic representations feature objects, people, bands and places. The magazine describes how Metal Iconography emerged in the 1980s and how it went mainstream. The magazine review the 80’s style metal logos that have in a way found themselves back to the mainstream fashion industry. The magazine depicts a number of popular music stars as having embraced metal symbols and not just on fashion runaways, but also in their daily life. The magazine depicts Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Rihanna and Lady...
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New Visions of Fashion Media Panel

Question listen to the audio and summarize it. What did you learn from it? There has a host Stephan Rabimov, and two guest speaker Mickey Boardman and Lars Peterse. Below are links to the general introduction about this panel. -http://www.fashionschooldaily.com/index.php/2016/05/09/reminder-fashion-media-panel-with-mickey-boardman-of-paper-magazine-and-lars-petersen-of-visionaire/ -http://www.fashionschooldaily.com/index.php/2016/04/28/new-visions-of-fashion-media-mickey-boardman-of-paper-magazine-and-lars-petersen-of-visionaire-are-coming-to-the-school-of-fashion/ Audio link https://www.dropbox.com/s/op2d7fa5gt5jp79/Mickey.m4a?dl=0# Answer New Visions of Fashion Media Panel The Fashion Media Panel held by Mickey Boarman, Paper Magazine’s Editorial Director, and Lars Petersen, Visionnaire’s Digital Director gave a lively talk about digital and social impact on the dynamic fashion landscape. The biggest challenge faced by fashion media professionals is in trying to deliver interesting content to people on a daily basis. As the consumers become increasingly selective, designers must fight hard to remain relevant in the highly competitive market. The speaker notes that the emergence of new platforms for conveying information in the media world such as the internet has not eliminated the traditional media outlets such as newspapers. The fashion world is highly evolving just like the media industry. By doing things in nonconventional ways, the...
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Fashion Theory Essay

Question Review one fashion book in 800 words. Consider how the language and style differ from traditional journalism. You may use a text which you already own or are familiar with, but you should be reading books. Ultimately, I want you to become familiar with many different types of writing styles. -To look closely at Fashion Theory. -To recognize how and why Fashion Theory differs from standard journalism. -To become familiar with different writing styles. Answer Fashion Theory Essay Fashion Theory by Valerie Steele acts as a fundamental guide to students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of fashion. This book provides readers with a rare glimpse into the fashion world by exploring its relationship with the cultural context. The book gives meaning and form to fashion. Fashion Theory employs an interdisciplinary approach in analyzing a number of issues relating to fashion, such as fashion advertising, art history, foot binding, and other contemporary designs. Her interdisciplinary approach draws on a wide range of subject areas such as...
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Pitch letter

Question Write a pitch letter based on a current fashion event. - Your pitch should take into account the publication's audience and past stories (i.e. do your research and don't pitch a story they've already published).- The letters should be fairly brief but include a mention of why the story is timely and a good fit for readers.- Be sure to address the pitch to the appropriate editor at the publication (make sure you get the person's name and title correct). It can be a local or national publication. You will be judged on the originality of the pitches, and your pitches and story ideas should be well-suited to the publications you have chosen. Do your research: If you choose to pitch a trend piece or a designer profile, make sure it's not something that's already been covered extensively. Answer  Fashion: Fabshoes May 6, 2016 Mrs. Vanessa k. Bush Editor in chief Essence Magazine New York, NY 10020     Dear Vanessa: Luxury, comfort, prestige these are just but a few of  what the high...
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Fashion Writers and Style Analysis -Robin Givhan

Fashion Writers and Style Analysis -Robin Givhan Robin Givhan is a celebrated fashion journalist who has won prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, this is a great honor to her because it is the first to be won by a fashion writer (Wilson, 2012). Other achievements of hers is that she was in the all-time 100 Fashion Icon list in the popular Time magazine.  She is down to earth and does not follow the masses rather follows her own intuition. In her tribute to prince she made it clear that fashion is what makes you feel comfortable by describing Prince's fashion which would otherwise have been considered inappropriate (Givhan, 2016). The wit with which she answered her questions with the interview she had with Kurt Soller one can tell that she is very passionate, committed and diverse .To her she would rather give her full attention to the show and later do the analysis and posting which is so...
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Read and discuss two fashion opinion pieces wrote by Vanessa Friedman and Suzy Menkes.

Question read, and discuss two fashion opinion pieces wrote by Vanessa Friedman and Suzy Menkes. What do you see as the focus of each of these pieces?How are they written?What are the differences in style, and tone between Vanessa Friedman and Suzy Menkes.Suzy Menkes: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/fashion/smythson-adds-collection-with-quentin-jones-artwork.html?ref=topics&_r=0 Vanessa Friedman: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/fashion/fashion-hillary-clinton.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fon-the-runway&action=click&contentCollection=fashion®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=collection Answer Analysis of Fashion Opinion Pieces Friedman (2016) focuses on the style of top presidential candidates in the U.S., namely Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It seems that the democrats have a better sense of style compared to their republican counterparts. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wore an assortment of colors that were not only spectacular but appeared to have been keenly selected for the democratic debate they were both attending. By wearing contrasting colors (white for Mrs. Clinton and black for Mr. Sanders), the duo complemented each other and generated an online frenzy. Menke (2014) focuses on how individuals can use an assortment of colors to bring life to the fashion world. Most people prefer dressing in...
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Counterfeits in The Fashion Industry 

Question Write an opinion piece on a current issue in fashion. http://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-analysis/trade-in-fake-goods-now-worth-461-billion-says-oecd Tips for Writing Opinion-Based Pieces? Search your notes for good quotes or interesting facts. Develop a focus. Condense -- and write down! -- the focus of the article into two or three clear sentences. Remember that you are the narrator -- the story teller -- and your take on the topic is important. Answer Counterfeits in The Fashion Industry The fashion industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world that has evolved significantly over the last few years. Right from the word go, human being has been wearing clothes, and this has brought about designs and fashions. The first human being, Adam used leaves to cover his body and later on human moved to using skin clothes. Fashion is of wide range ranging from hair, style, shoes to purses. Globally, fashion is widely associated with ladies since they have the strongest taste when it comes to dressing. In the last decade, men are increasingly interested...
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