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According to Wikipedia, "Fashion design is the art of the application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories. Fashion design is influenced by cultural and social lattitudes, and has varied over time and place. Fashion designers work in a number of ways in designing clothing and accessories. Some work alone or as part of a team. They attempt to satisfy consumer desire for aesthetically designed clothing; and, because of the time required to bring a garment onto the market, must at times anticipate changing consumer tastes." (definition from June 7, 2011 at


Apparel Design is essentially the same thing as fashion design.

When fashion designers consider the development of their collection is it important to take several factors into account.  For example, current market conditions, trend forecasting, color section, fabric availability, fiber prices, and much more.  Here are a few links that may be of assistance to an apparel designer.

Fashion Forecasting
Color Trend Forecasting
Apparel Merchandising
Trend Reports
Cotton Pricing

Use our search engine to find more information about apparel design resources.


If you are searching for apparel design companies and design services, you can try the apparel design guide on Apparel Search.

If you wish to become educated in regard to apparel design, you can attend a fashion school that provides courses in fashion design.  Here are a few options for your studies:

Fashion Institute of Technology (New York) - discuss apparel design at the FIT Group on FIN.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (California) - discuss apparel design at the FIDM discussion group on FIN.

If you are ready to extend your fashion knowledge even further, you may want to consider the Apparel Design Graduate Programs at Cornell University. Unlike undergraduate studies, graduate work focuses on independent research. At the Masters level, you identify a research focus and select courses that will prepare you to conduct the research. At the PhD level you are also expected to take coursework that will give you a broad base in all aspects of the Apparel Design discipline, along with courses that will help you develop your research topic. Apparel Design provides a unique approach to graduate study through its focus on conducting independent research in aspects of apparel design such as fashion theory, functional apparel, sizing and anthropometrics, cultural and historic aspects of dress and textile design, apparel industry issues, CAD and other technologies, etc. We help you craft your graduate research program based on your interests and goals to address significant issues of apparel design within the context of aesthetics, production, function, and the meanings of dress.

If you are interested, you can find more fashion design schools on Apparel Search.

If you are looking for clothing design companies to assist you with specific projects, you can seek out freelance designers from the designer search website.


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