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Accordion-Pleated Skirt

A full-circle skirt with narrow, evenly spaced vertical folds pressed into the fabric, forming alternating raised and recessed ridges. Click for full definition with images.

Accordion Pleats

Narrow, evenly spaced vertical folds pressed (or heat-set) into fabric, forming alternating raised and recessed ridges. Click to see full definition with images.

Hook and Eye

A two-piece garment fastener consisting of a small metal hook on one side of an opening, which catches onto either an embroidered loop or a small metal hook or bar (the eye) sewn to the other side. Click for...

Gripper Snap Fastener

Type of SNAP FASTENER which features tiny teeth that allow the snap to “grip” fabric when attaching, Click for full definition with images.

How to Make a Fashion Portfolio

Many fashion design students and entry-level apparel designers make the mistake of filling their fashion design portfolio, with all of their favorite fashion illustrations, or photos of garments they've made...

Folder: Industry Blog

Definition: A fashion blog dedicated to keeping fashion designers informed with resources, information, and tips for a successful career in the fashion industry.


In this section, we’ll review our favorite fashion industry books and products, dish out personal fashion career tips, give the low-down on how the apparel industry works, and let you know which skills are most important to really make it in the apparel industry. We’ve also included a links page to our favorite fashion industry resources, including talent agencies, career sites, fashion schools, fashion internships, independent fashion sites, fashion publications, and more!

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