In 1980, there were roughly 5,000 companies producing women’s dresses. With the industrial revolution and the growth of the middle class, the industry moved from tailor-made to ready-made garments. New immigrants brought skills and a new influx of foreign labor brought new styles to the world. Initially, tailors and clothing manufacturers grouped together in Lower East Side tenements. As zoning restrictions became more stringent, the production was moved to lofts that were converted into sophisticated showrooms.
Today, the relationship between a fashion manufacturer and a retailer is symbiotic, although there have been tensions over the years, due to capitalism’s competitive spirit. In the battle to capture profits, the power balance is usually tilted to one side. However, the nature of the relationship has changed in recent decades, as the retailer has taken on the role of the manufacturer and the latter has become a retailer of its own designs.
AI is poised to usher in a new era of personalized and predictive fashion, with algorithms becoming trend hunters. Since World War II, fashion has been divided into seasons. Spring/summer collections make their debut in early fall, while autumn/winter collections hit the shelves in February. The future of the fashion industry is redefining the traditional fashion calendar. Fashion industry players are competing for the most lucrative styles and the fastest, most cost-effective delivery.
During the early twentieth century, a few designers rose to the top and became “name” designers. However, most designers did not become famous designers, and merely adapted existing styles to the needs of the manufacturers. Today, fashion magazines have a social media presence, allowing fans to follow the latest trends, and to get the latest scoop on the latest trends in the industry. So, whether you want to be a designer or just want to learn more, this industry is the perfect career choice.