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  • A-B

    A-line

    A-line is the name of the triangle-like silhouette that begins fitted, typically starting at the waist, and gets gradually wider from the hips down to the hem. It echoes the shape of a capital A. The term was first coined in 1955 by Christian Dior to describe the shape of his A-line Spring Summer Collection. Later, it evolved into Yves …

  • C-E

    Embroidery

    Embroidery is the skilled technique of embellishing and decorating a garment by hand, using stitches in silks and yarns and sometimes including sequins, beads, feathers and pearls. Embroidery dates back to the 5th century BC in Ancient China. Today, Lesage in Paris is one of the most revered embroidery houses in the world. Embroidery employs an endless number of different …

  • H-L

    Houndstooth

    Houndstooth is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colors are used. The classic houndstooth pattern is an example of a tessellation and the squares resemble the imprints left by a chicken’s feet. This gives us the French term pied de poule. Oversized houndstooth patterns were employed prominently at Alexander McQueens’s Fall 2009 …

  • M-O

    Mary Jane shoes

    Mary Jane shoes (an american registered trademark) are closed toe and low-cut, with one or more straps across the instep. The classic Mary Jane came in black leather or patent and became the quintessential shoe to wear with your school uniform. Originally worn by both sexes, they began to be perceived as being mostly for girls in the 1930s in North …

  • P-Q

    Pleats

    Pleats are a fold or doubling of fabric that is pressed, ironed or creased into place. Pleats that are sewn into place are called tucks. There are many varieties, but the side and box pleat are the most common, although they can be accordion, cartridge, circular, curtain, draped, fluted, Fortuny or French. They can be inserted, as well as inverted. …

  • V-Z

    Zips

    Zips, first known as “hookless fasteners”, have two rows of ‘teeth’ that slide together to bind and fasten openings on bags, skirts or trousers. Zips can be inserted into a slash or seam with a closed end. Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the first designers of turning zippers into a fashion statement back in the 1930s. Nowadays, zips …