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Design & Fashion Trends



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 latitudes, 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.

What should you know

Regulation and Institutions
Associations and Federations
Research and Technology centres
  • ATP Associação Têxtil e Vestuário de Portugal
  • ANIVEC/PIV Associação Nacional das Indústrias de Vestuário e Confecção
  • ANIL Portuguese Wool Textile Association
  • CITEVE Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuário de Portugal
  • UBI - Beira Interior University
  • UM - Minho University
  • MODATEX - Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria Têxtil, Vestuário, Confecção e Lanifícios
  • ONAT - Office National de l'Artisanat
  • SMI Sistema Moda Italia
  • ATI Italian Textile Association
  • AIIFTA Associazione italiana delle Industrie della Filiera Tessile Abbigliamento
  • ANCI National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers




Fashion designers attempt to design clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They must consider who is likely to wear a garment and the situations in which it will be worn. They have a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from.


  • Fashion Information: Innovative fabrics, designs and materials; new techniques of coupling and inkjet print
  • Fashion trends: fashion shows and evolution of  creative collections till present sales modality and exposition of monobrand.
  • Development plans for collections: new methodologies of setting up mono/multibrand collections taking into account seasons, customers, type of products, brands.
  • Organization of work: work planning between style and modelling departments in the production of collection of samples (from style design to technical design), matching materials and accessories.
  • Sourcing materials and accessories
  • New special effects techniques, embroideries, serigraphy, weaving, prints.
  • Network of freelance designers in Europe.
  • Distribution channels to advise clients according to different markets



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