Friday, October 31, 2008

Sweatshops: A Necessary Evil

Sweatshops have made quite a stir as people have become more and more aware of the way people are treated who work in them. Many people want to move jobs to America, but little do they know we would more than likely have the same working conditions here.

Having our clothes made over-seas had been a great way to save money. The savings have been passed down to the consumer and if they were made in America, we would be paying alot more for a piece of clothing than if it was made in a country like China or India.

Even though sweatshops sometimes employee children, they are only working to feed their families. Life is so hard in poorer countries, that if they didn't go to work in a place like a sweatshop they might starve. Although, I do realize that these conditions can be very dirty and unsafe, these children may not have any other choice. I am not sticking up for these bad circumstances or poor conditions. I am only saying there is no other way for the apparel industry to do business.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My Design Process

First of all, I would like to say the design you see on your left is not my design. It is just an image I uploaded. I have never actually put my designs on paper because I am such a terrible artist. Even though i do do put them on paper, I still go through a design process.
When I am designing I am usually inspired by all things southern. I love preppy designs. I usually pick pastle colors. For example, I was inspired after watching Gone With the Wind. I took the big antibellum skirt and made it modern by cutting it of at the knees. Instead of puffy sleeves, I made the top of the dress a low cut halter that ties in the back.
To me this design would be popular for a sorority girl who is going to a formal mixer. This dress is very girly, southern, and sexy all at the same time. By wearing this she is not only dressing for the occasion, she is also representing her roots.