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ResourcesFashion Photography Tips for Beginners

Fashion photography can be a lucrative career for the right individual. Although fashion photography is prominently displayed in magazines, advertising, and catalogs, it can be a difficult industry to enter. Working in fashion photography takes skill, dedication, and a lot of hard work. It is a fast-paced industry that constantly evolves with the never-ending changes in fashion trends. For a person who wishes to enter the world of fashion photography, it’s helpful to learn a few tips before trying to break into the field.

Understand Fashion

For any photographer, a firm understanding of the subject matter is helpful to produce the best results. Having a basic understanding of current fashion trends will help any new photographer to progress in the industry. Study fashion history and historical designers, stay up to date on current fashion industry news, and watch fashion films and documentaries.

Read Magazines

Fashion magazines are easy to find and can provide inspiration to the new fashion photographer. This is a great way to find out who the more prominent fashion photographers are and study their work. Find things in magazine photos that draw your eye, and work to emulate these techniques in your own shoots.

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ResourcesInfluential Fashion Designers of the 1920s

Fashion in the 1920s continued the transition away from Victorian styles into looks that included looser clothing that allowed more of the body to be exposed. New manufacturing techniques meant that clothes could be produced more efficiently at a lower cost, and this made trendy fashions more accessible to all, not just the wealthiest people. It was during this period that individual fashion designers began to find prominence in worldwide culture.

Madeleine Vionnet

Paris was the center of the fashion world in the 1920s, and the trends set in Paris were influential on fashion in Europe and the United States. At the forefront of the fashion scene in Paris was Madeleine Vionnet. Vionnet’s couture house on Avenue Montaigne came to be known as the “Temple of Fashion.” Vionnet shook up the industry in the 1920s with her introduction of the bias cut. The bias cut was a technique of cutting a garment at an angle against the grain of the fabric. This allowed for the garment to hug the body more closely. Vionnet closed her fashion house in 1939 and retired in 1940, but her impact on the industry can still be felt today through numerous fashion designers who have cited her as an influence on their work.

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ResourcesA Historical Look at Fashion

When studying past civilizations, one of the key pieces of information to obtain is the fashion of the era. This is because fashion provides a glimpse into the way people thought at the time and what they considered to be valuable. Fashion trends naturally change as people evolve, now faster than ever. From the loose-fitting, breathable clothing of ancient Egypt to today’s yoga pants and denim jeans, fashion has always provided a snapshot of the lifestyle of the people.

Ancient Egyptian Fashion

The types of clothing worn by people in ancient Egypt were dependent on the wealth and social class of the person. Wealthier Egyptians had access to the finest linens. These garments were very thin, which made them perfect for the intense heat of life in the desert. Men wore wraparound skirts cinched at the waist with a belt, while women wore full-length dresses. During the New Kingdom era, pleats became fashionable in both men’s and women’s clothing.

Men and women also both adorned themselves in jewelry. While those of a higher social class could afford the use of gold, the majority instead wore copper. Common stones used in jewelry included pearls and emeralds. While jewelry of metal and stone was used, beaded jewelry was also common in ancient Egypt.

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ResourcesLearning How to Sew Clothing

Learning how to sew can be a useful skill in the home. Not only can it save you money on clothing repairs, but sewing is also an excellent hobby. Sewing can allow you to get in touch with your creativity and use fabrics and threads to explore your artistic side.

How to Organize Your Supplies

A place to keep your sewing supplies is a must. Sewing kits are composed of many small parts that can be easily lost without a proper location to keep them organized. Some people use boxes designed specifically for sewing kits, but any container that will hold all of your tools in an organized manner will do. Some people even choose to make their own sewing kits.

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ResourcesThe Medieval Lifestyle

When students think of medieval times, they might first imagine the legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. While knights, quests, and codes of honor did play a role in medieval times, also known as the Middle Ages, they occupy only a small and early part of the history. Much more beyond legendary British tales remains to learn about this age from more than half a millennium ago.

Food

Today in the West, we have innumerable different foods available to us at our nearby grocery stores, from spices like cinnamon and ginger to fruits like avocados and mangoes. Globalization and improved transportation allows for this variety. In medieval times, however, the difficulty of travel meant that Europeans didn’t have as much access to these foreign commodities. Medieval diets depended on what the land where you lived could grow as well as on your social standing.

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