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Monthly Archives: October 2011

In the early Twentieth Century, most fashion houses started hiring illustrators to sketch designs for their customers since it was more economical and efficient to show a client a sketch then to construct a sample of what the garment would look like. During this time, fashion magazines became very popular and these sketches would often times be published in magazines such as “La Gazette du bon ton” to promote fashion houses or new fashion styles.

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The mid-late 1800’s mark the ending of costume history and the beginning of fashion design. Charles Frederick Worth (1826–1895) is credited to be the first dressmaker/fashion designer to introduce the “look” to his customers (traditionally the consumer decided upon the design they wanted and the dressmakers would execute it). He was also noted for putting labels on the clothing he designed.

C   H   A   R   L   E   S        F   R   E   D   E   R   I   C   K        W   O   R   T   H        ( 1  8  2  6 – 1  8  9  5 )