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5 things Designers Do for inspiration

The design world is one of the most competitive world, ever-changing trends and consumer demand gets hard to meet at times. The constant pressure of deadlines and whatnot. Many times it gets very hard to find that one perfect theme or to find inspiration on which you can build your entire collection. But how is it that designers are always coming up with new themes? How come they never end up running out of theme? Let me answer all your questions.

Here are 5 things that designers do for inspiration:

EXPLORE NEW PLACES

Being a part of the world of design exposure to new places, people and cultures are very important. Maybe a beach can be inspirational, maybe a beach can inspire you, also perhaps a traditional dance performance at your resort can inspire you.

Design has no limit. One can draw inspiration from literally anything. The more you expose yourself to the outer world, the more ideas you will be exposed to. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a place, maybe you meet someone at a resort and he has a fascinating story to share. That can be a storyline for your next collection. Once you have your ideas voila you are ready with your collection.

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Creator: jacoblund | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

HISTORY

What if I tell you designers like Madeleine Vionnet or huge design houses like Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Dior, Chanel, and Valentino to name a few take inspiration from history all the time? From Greek goddesses to Egyptian culture we very often get to see jaw-dropping collections inspired by such themes. Let me share a few instances when designers took inspiration from history.

“La Modernité de l’Antiquité†,by Karl Lagerfeld

La Modernité de l’Antiquité is one such collection. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the fashion house named Chanel. The collection was inspired by ancient Greece. Fluid lines, supple draping, raw fringes, and traditional Greek sandals surely gave the world a feel of ancient Greece.

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 Picture credit – Neos Kosmos

Madeleine Vionnet

Madame Vionnet was also known as â€the architect of dressmakers.â€Â  She was inspired by ancient goddesses and statues and was enthralled by the art and culture of the Greek and Roman cultures. Based on these pieces of art, she developed her aesthetic and blended Greek sculpture and architectural components to give the female figure a new depth. With her mastery of bias cutting and draping clothes

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 Photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene for French Vogue, 1931, via Condé Nast

Valentino And Hieronymus Bosch

Valentino’s lead designer is Pierpaolo Piccioli finds considerable attraction in the sacred artwork of the Middle Ages. He draws his initial inspiration from the period between the Middle Ages and the Northern Renaissance. In the spring of 2017, he worked with Zandra Rhodes to create an eye-catching collection. Piccioli returned to his Renaissance background and found inspiration in Hieronymus Bosch’s work The Garden of Earthly Delights in order to connect the late ’70s punk scene with humanism and medieval art.

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2016, Paris, via Getty Images

FASHION MAGAZINE

In the world of social media, magazines might seem old school. Have you ever heard about the fashion magazine Vogue or W or Harper’s Bazaar? These magazines have heavily shaped and continue to shape modern fashion trends.

Most of us in today’s time somehow are too engulfed in our own reality, social media provides just that. The algorithm works in such a way that you will only see what you want to see. For top designers, I know this might sound cliche but fashion magazines are the “design bibleâ€.

Now what are the benefits of fashion magazines, how can one draw inspiration from reading magazines?

Fashion magazines not only provide one with trends but also new classic styles. You get introduced to not only top existing designers but also upcoming designers and their collections. Who knows, you might be inspired by some designer’s work or some recent trends, styling, or make-up ideas.

Fashion magazine is a great way to learn what is happening in the fashion world all around the world. As a designer magazines might help you find inspiration whenever you are stuck and also improve your knowledge.

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Picture – Vogue 2019

                    

LEARN THE PROCESS

It is indeed very much fascinating to know about other top designers’ mantras behind their successful collections. In order to learn the process, you have to be a part of an institution that teaches you the process and guides you through it.ESEDS school of design is one such institute.ESEDS curriculum is designed in such a way that you get hands-on practical knowledge from mentors with an international background. Visit ESEDS Kolkata campus and know the design world from well-trained international mentors.

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KEEP AN OPEN MIND

In the design world, there is no set of rules that you must follow in order to come up with your collection. You never know what might inspire you. Never rush the process but trust the process you will be able to meet your deadline.

Do share with me any upcoming collections you are working on. Leave a comment below.

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