Inspiration for fashion designers comes from a wide range of things and cannot be pinpointed exactly. However, just like all artists, they tend to keep an eye on things going on worldwide to inspire themselves towards making their future clotheslines and fashion clothes.
Most fashion designers are trained as pattern makers and modelers. A typical design team is made up of one or more: designer(s), pattern maker(s) or modeler(s), sample maker(s), buyer(s) and salesman (men). For presentations and catwalk shows the help of hair dressers, make-up artists, photographers, modeling agencies, the model and other support companies/professions is called upon.
As fashion became a larger business, designers and fashionistas began to license products, for example, perfume and bags. Fashion, by definition, changes constantly. The change may proceed more rapidly than in most other fields of human activity, such as language, thought, etc.
The term fashion applies to a prevailing mode of expression. Inherent in the term is the idea that the mode will change more quickly than the culture as a whole. The terms «fashionable» and «unfashionable» are employed to describe whether someone or something fits in with the currently popular mode of expression.
The terms fashion or fashion clothes are often used in a negative sense, as a synonym for fads and trends. The term is also frequently used in a positive sense, as a synonym for glamour and style. In this sense, fashions are a sort of communal art, through which a culture examines its notions of beauty and goodness. Fashion and fashion clothes are social psychology phenomena common to many fields of human activity and thinking. Fashions may vary significantly within a society according to age, social class, generation, occupation and geography as well as over time. If, for example, an older person dresses according to the fashion of young people, he or she may look ridiculous in the eyes of both young and older people. The term "fashion victim" refers to someone who slavishly follows the current fashions.
Fashion clothes allowed wearers to express emotion or solidarity with other people for millennia. Modern Westerners have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes. What a person chooses to wear can reflect that person's personality or likes. When people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes a fashion trend may start; people who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style.
Fashion clothes can suggest or signal status in a social group. Groups with high cultural status like to keep «in fashion» to display their position, people who do not keep «in fashion» within a so-called «style tribe» can risk shunning. Because keeping «in fashion» often requires considerable amounts of money, fashion can be used to show off wealth. Adherence to fashion trends can thus form an index of social affluence and an indicator of social mobility.