Fashion dictionary part I: terms and words that you must handle in this medium
How often have we not seen terms or words that we do not know or handle when reading a fashion article? Perhaps more than we imagine. And it may be the reason why we do not understand 100% how the fashion world works on some occasions.
Many technicalities and terms have been born in foreign languages in this world. And they are not usually translated to preserve their strict meaning. Otherwise, they could not be recognized.
For this reason, today we bring you a fashion dictionary.
We will define the most used terms in the fashion industry and thus better understand them.
Alpaca: is a type of animal fabric of the same common name in South America. It is similar to wool.
Haute Couture: garments and pieces of clothing created exclusively by a renowned or prestigious fashion designer.
Androgynous: fashion trend or dress style with both feminine and masculine appearance.
Application/Applique: a decoration for any material that adheres to garments in a cooked or embroidered manner to adorn them.
Babouche Slipper: It is a type of footwear of Arab origin with a flat base, with an opening at the heel and a point at the top.
Babydoll: Mini dress whose length reaches below the chest and has ruffles, transparencies, and lace.
Backstage/backstage/behind the scenes: It is the space located behind a stage and from where the models come out to the catwalk. The equipment for the change and makeup of models during a show is usually there.
Ballerina: type of female shoe, flat and with a rounded tip, similar to those used by ballet dancers.
Bandanas: a piece of cloth in the form of a square arranged triangular on the head to adorn or protect it.
Bies: pieces of fabric cut obliquely and placed on the edges of the pieces of clothing at the time of their preparation.
Biker jacket: type of jacket characteristic of motorists.
It is made of leather with wide lapels on the front and pockets and striking closures. Its most common color is black.
Blazer: is a type of jacket for casual use with straight and moderately wide cuts.
Bling-Bling: refers to garments containing excess shiny appliqués.
Blonde Lace: a type of lace fabric made with silk threads used to decorate specific parts of garments. It is very common to use it on the edges of pieces, such as the collar and cuffs.
Boater: Hat model made of straw with a narrow, flat, and rigid brim decorated with a black ribbon around it.
Bolero: type of jacket cut at waist level. It can be long or short-sleeved, which alludes to those used by bullfighters.
Book: a book containing photographs of clothing. It shows new collections, trends or runway schemes, or other types of work in fashion.
Brocade: type of embossed fabric. It is usually printed, and each pattern can be embroidered with some material that makes it stand out.
Boyfriend: pieces of clothing and clothing trends that have a masculine air.
Cashmere: a type of fine wool fabric considered one of the most luxurious and expensive in fashion.
It is for the making of exclusive pieces.
Casual: It is a style or trend to dress that is not elegant but common and customarily used daily.
Or for occasions that do not merit distinction.
Catwalk/walkway: The narrow corridor that is set up so that models walk through it in a fashion show with the garments of a specific designer.
Cheap-chic: a term used to refer to cheap fashion. They can be designer pieces, but with low prices for everyone to access.
Chic: is the term to determine that a garment, collection, or style is elegant and distinguished.
Clutch: type of handbag or handbag, small and usually made of different materials, but with an elegant inclination. Since it can be velvet, satin, stone appliqués, and beads, among others, whose use is exclusive to elegant night events.
Cruise Collection: collections produced between the launch of one and another big one. That is, the one made between spring and summer or between winter and spring.
Coolhunter: trend catcher. A person prepared or studying to dedicate themselves to looking for the latest trends and predict fashion styles.
Crochet/crochet: embroidery technique in which you use wool and a needle to create pieces of clothing.
Crop top: cut of clothing used in the upper pieces (flannels, flannels) that reach the middle of the abdomen or the navel’s height.
Cut Out: opening that presents some garments on its sides or back.
Denim: type of fabric used to make jeans or any other garment with this material.
Draping: a technique used in sewing in which folds are formed in the fabric to give volume.
Dress code: the way of dressing required on certain occasions.
Dubetine: type of material similar to velvet but in knitted fabric.
DIY: whose meaning is “do it yourself.” These are those garments made by hand by a common person.
They can be modifying a garment, like cutting pants and turning them into shorts or Bermuda shorts.
Evasé: French term meaning flared.
Eyeliner: In liquid or crayon form, eyeliner is to make up the eyes.