I am switching up this Free For All Friday post, it is going to be an informative post. In an attempt to give you guys more than just boring events of my week, which has not been anything special, I am going to help those of you who are new to the fashion world. Every field has its fair share of jargon (special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand) and the fashion industry is not any different. In this post I will go over what I view as the most confusing jargon in the fashion industry.
Pret-a-porter – This is just a fancy, French way of saying Ready-to-Wear, factory made and mass produced clothing.
Haute Couture – This refers to custom, exclusive, fitted clothing and is usually made out of high-end and expensive fabrics. They are always sewn with attention to detail and finish which is often very time consuming.
Fast Fashion – This describes the process of distributing a fashion design trend quickly and cheaply to a mass audience. Forever 21 and H&M are great examples of fast fashion. The goal is to give less affluent but still fashion oriented consumers an opportunity to shop contemporary designs at a reasonable price.
Hipster – People tend to use hipster as a derogatory term for fashions that don’t seem fashionable or that are worn by art students. In reality Hipster refers to a subculture of young middle class adults and older teenagers that came to be in the 90’s.
Artisans – Refers to people who do skilled work with their hands.
Boutique – I think this term gets thrown around to reference any small clothing store and the actual definition is, the French word for a small shop with unusual clothing and atmosphere.
Buying Plan – I myself didn’t understand what this was until I started my schooling, it is a general description of the types and quantities of merchandise that a buyer expects to purchase for delivery within a specific period.
Fashion Cycle – Is a change in fashion; refers to the introduction, acceptance, and the decline of a fashion trend.
Merchandise Plan – Is a budget or projection of the sales goals of a merchandise classification, a department, or an entire store for a certain period, including the amount of stock required to achieve those sales.
Soft Goods – This term refers to any fashion and textile Merchandise.
Trendsetter – This one is pretty obvious but I thought I would throw it in here any way, it is a designer or fashion leader who sets a fashion direction that others follow.
Trunk Show – A show of designer clothes that moves from store to store, often accompanied by a personal appearance by the designer.
Wholesale Market – A market where commercial consumers for supplies and products.
If you want to learn more fashion industry jargon these are the websites that I took my definitions from:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on industry jargon! I am always looking to hear from you guys if there is anything specific that you want me to post about please let me know and I will try to fit it in!