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    Chain

    Mai 13th, 2016

    A chain in fashion is a decorative sting of interlocked rings that can either be attached to a garment or accessory for decorative or functional purposes. The designer Coco Chanel was well known for first using chains as weights inserted into the hems of jackets and coats and later incorporating them into the design of her clothes, which has become an important element in designs of her brand Chanel.
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    Pin

    Mai 13th, 2016

    A pin is an adornment consisting a needle that pierces the fabric of a garment to be attached to it and other adornments such as metal ornaments, gem-stones, pearls and other precious or decorative materials. Pins can also have a meaning symbolizing the affiliation with a group, achievements or the position in a hierarchy. In fashion pins are often used for ornamentation on jackets, coats and vests and are popular on accessories such as bags or hats.
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    Studs

    März 30th, 2015

    A stud is a piece of metal or other hard material, that is attached by punching a hole into the fabric or leather. It is supposed to be fixed on. Studs can be decorative or functional for example to give shoes more traction. Studs come in different shapes and sizes and are a big part of punk and heavy metal scene fashion but also have become popular amongst the general public
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    The Top 6 Fashion Add Ons

    Dezember 12th, 2014

    Add ons are probably as much as important as the fabric itself to design a new piece in fashion. But what exactly are add ons? We’ll give you 6 examples with a short description.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of fashion add ons a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable fashion add ons in great detail.

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    1_Button

    A button is a type of closure that is used on garments, bags and luggage and consists of a small knob or plate that is passed through a button hole or loop to attach two pieces of fabric to each other. Buttons have been found that date back to the Indus Valley Civilization 2800 BCE and they have been used ever since. The first buttons were used more as decoration than as closure but the first functional buttons with buttonholes were made in the 13th century in Germany and became popular throughout Europe in the following decades especially for tight fitting clothing. Buttons can be very simple or very complicated with little painting, designs or even embroidery and can be made out of a variety of materials.

    2_Crystal

    Crystals are gem-stones that are used to decorate and add on to garments. Examples for crystals are glass or diamonds. Polished the right way they can look expensive and add a shining effect to a garment. Crystals can differ from very cheap glass crystals to highly expensive diamonds.

    3_Feather

    A feather is a light growth that forms the plumage and covers the body of birds. Feathers are considered the most complex form of protection found on an animal known to humans. Feathers have warming and water proof attributes and keep animas warm in cold environments. Also they are used by animals for communication, mating rules or as protection against predators and can be found in many different colors. Feathers have been used by humans for the longest time for their softness, interesting colors and warmth. They are used for decoration or as the filling of jackets and coats. In the 18th century extravagant headpieces for women that incorporated feathers were very popular and a sign of wealth. Feathers can be dyed and manipulated and are therefore still very popular in fashion.

    4_Pearl

    A pearl is a round hard object made produced in the shell of a living clam or mollusc. Pearls exist in many different shapes and are rarely round and smooth, in which case they are valuable and for their shininess and beauty are considered gem-stones and have been used in jewellery and as add-ons on garments for many years. Pearls can also be produced synthetically, which reduces their worth and makes them a suitable substitute as decoration or for more affordable jewelry.

    5_Zipper

    A zipper is a closure that is used for clothing, bags and luggage and consists of two parallel rows of metal or plastic ‘teeth’ that interlock when sliding a Y-shaped tab along the two rows and is a safe and easy way to bind two pieces of fabric. The first effective zipper was made by the American mechanical engineer Whitcomp L. Judsonin in 1893 and was called a clasp locker. Zippers only became popular in the 1930s when they were advertised for as a safe and easy way for kids to dress themselves. In 1937, French designers started using zippers instead of buttons in the fly of trousers. Around this time Esquire declared zippers the newest tailoring idea for men. Now zippers are very popular in fashion and can be functional or decorative. There are many different kinds of zippers such as ‘coil zippers‘, ‘invisible zippers‘ ‘open/closed zippers’.

    6_Shoulder Pad

    A shoulder pad is a pad that is worked into a garment to raise and enhance the shape of the shoulder and the all over shape of the upper body. Shoulder pads give the illusion of broader, less sloping shoulders and make the wearer look more powerful. They first appeared in women’s fashion in the 1930s when Elsa Schiarpelli started using them for her designs and soon gained popularity after movie stars such as Joan Crawford started wearing them. Shoulder pads have been popular in men’s fashion for a long time but have gone in and out of style and have been popular in different shapes for women since first worn n the 1930s.

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    3_Fashion Backstage: Interview w/Catherine Malandrino


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    Brooch

    September 23rd, 2014

    A brooch is a decorative pin that is attached to a garment or hat with the purpose of fastening or closing the garment. Brooches are often highly ornamental and are richly adorned with gem stones, pearls, and decorations made of gold and silver. Today brooches are mostly worn only for decorative purposes.
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    Pearl

    September 23rd, 2014

    A pearl is a round hard object made produced in the shell of a living clam or mollusc. Pearls exist in many different shapes and are rarely round and smooth, in which case they are valuable and for their shininess and beauty are considered gem-stones and have been used in jewellery and as add-ons on garments for many years. Pearls can also be produced synthetically, which reduces their worth and makes them a suitable substitute as decoration or for more affordable jewelry.
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    Crystal

    September 23rd, 2014

    Crystals are gem-stones that are used to decorate and add on to garments. Examples for crystals are glass or diamonds. Polished the right way they can look expensive and add a shining effect to a garment. Crystals can differ from very cheap glass crystals to highly expensive diamonds.
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    Add ons

    Juni 26th, 2013

    The term ‘Add on’ is used as the generic clause that depicts all additional things added to a piece of clothing. Hence, ‘Add ons’ range from regular buttons and zippers to beadings and feathers, just to name a few.
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    Ruche

    Juni 21st, 2013

    A ruche is a decorative piece of pleated or gathered strip of fabric that is used for trimming. Ruches first appeared in the fashion of the Renaissance as trimming for the neckline of women’s dresses. In the 16th century the ruff collar, later called Spanish ruff became popular and were the beginning of a use of ruches in fashion that hasn’t stopped since. Lace is another kind of ruche that is a kind of openwork fabric with holes made by hand or a machine. True lace where threads are twisted together to create holes was first seen in the 15th century and became popular when collars and cuffs started being decorated with lace. During the industrial revolution machines were invented that could produce lace faster and easier and the demand for lace grew
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    Appliqué

    Juni 21st, 2013

    ‘Appliqué’ is the French word for ‘applied’ and in fashion is the name for small ornaments or decorations applied to another surface. Appliqués usually are made by cutting pieces from one material and sewing them to the surface of a garment. The first appliqués were seen in form of patches to cover holes and tears in clothes. They can be used to create a design, pattern or picture. Appliqués are used excessively in quilting which is a mixture of patchwork and appliqués.
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