The Art of Fashion Draping- Haute Couture!

The Art of Fashion Draping- Haute Couture

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]reating a beautiful and amazing fashion art piece is such an art! But, the most important aesthetic involved in the whole process is to beautifully drape it that makes everyone go awe for its awesomeness. Fashion draping, therefore, is the most crucial as well as the most artistic step involved in the art of beautifully arranging or creating fashion costume. What makes fashion draping so important and artistic is the fact that it is a process of clothing arrangement to loosely or casually giving form to a fashion dress piece. It is very important because, through this procedure, the dress gets a proper shape or a form of how it will look at the final end.
It can undoubtedly be said as the main step in the whole process of a clothing or garment designing. In simple words, fashion draping is the procedure of pinning and positioning of fabric and other elements in a dress to develop a wonderful and beautiful fashion design in a 3d form. In fashion designing world and industry, draping is referred to as a term that uses fabric to create or give a stylish look directly on the mannequin or a fashion model. It is also considered as the most important and creative skill that a fashion designer should possess.  However, fashion designs can be formed and draped in the actual end or a substitute fabric that is most often draped in a fabric called as muslin. With this, now let’s get on to know the preparation process of draping for the muslin fabric:
This process starts with the choice of fabric that you wish to choose to drape, whether you like it to be woven and not knit, choose the similar fabric weight and draping style as the actual fabric that you shall be using throughout the entire process to build the costume. Considering the traditional and old fashion industry, muslin was used for toiles or even for the fitting prototypes.  The reason for choosing muslin over the years could be that it comes in a huge variety of fabric and is an inexpensive fabric as compared to the other ones in the market. Generally, there are four types of muslin cloth that are used in fashion draping and are as follows:

  • Standard & Classic Muslin Fabric
  • The cotton twill Muslin
  • The cotton voile Muslin
  • Hemp and silk Muslin

The Tearing:
This is the step wherein the estimation of how much muslin is required done, by also considering a reasonable amount of extra fabric needed as peruse for the ease, seaming allowances, and the fashion styling.
The next step is to cut the extra edge of the muslin fabric with the use of scissors and then tear the fabric grain with the required pressure to break the fabric yarns successfully.
Then, make sure that the crosswise true grain or the lengthwise true grain is forming the edge of the muslin that will be used for the purpose of draping. It is because when the selvage is tightly and closely woven, it has a tendency to hold in the muslin fabric by often throwing the weave off. Therefore, always make it a point that the center, back, and the front is carefully planned at least 3” away from the selvage.
It may happen that there arises a need to reshape the muslin fabric so that proper shape and angels are been given to the crosswise and true lengthwise yarns and grains to give the perfect edge to the dress. For reshaping the muslin, you can pull the edges of the fabric diagonally till the fabric is all squared.
This may come as a difficult part of the process. Here in, you are required to set the exact position of the yarns with the aid of steam and the heat of the pressing. Always make it a point to press in the right directions of the crosswise and lengthwise grains, by never pressing on the bays. Then, steam it followed by a dry iron.
Seam Allowances:
The beginner and novice fashion and draping students are expected to successfully add 1-inch seam allowance on all the straight streams by also including the side seams, the waistline seams, and the underarm seams.
Now, let’s have a look at the pros and cons of the fashion draping process:
Advantages of the draping process:
With the process of draping, fashion designers can get a rough idea and visualize that how a dress is going to look in the final end, even before starting to cut, stitch and design the costume.
The biggest advantage of draping can also be said that it allows room for customization. A dress or a specific costume can be made as per the measurements and requirements of the concerned person.
It results in less wastage of the fabric wherein you only do trails before you actually cut the fabric.
The process of draping also allows you to make paper patterns and designs which you use further in a dress or for ideation of the next dress.
It is an easier process for creating drapes such as cowls a drape as by doing it with the help of using a flat technique.
Disadvantages of this process:
As with any other process, the draping has its own set of disadvantages too, that are listed below:
As the process is more of a creative and artistic one, it requires you to have more talent and fashion sense.
The draping is also called as an expensive process with the involvement of too many elements in one.
Importance of the Fashion Draping Process:
It would be no wrong if we say that most of the biggest fashion brands and houses & haute couture design houses create, design and curate the fashion costumes with the aid of the draping process. It is considered to be an extremely important process; for it lets the fashion designers get a sense by visualizing the final look of the dress or the costume.  It allows them to see how the outfit is going to look on the body and can instantly work up on the alterations and amendments as required in the designing and aesthetic of the costume. Also, some of the fashion garments are impossible to be crafted and designed by using the flat pattern technique and thus always require the draping technique and process to be followed at first. Therefore, to be a successful fashion designer, in the long run, one must know how to drape a perfect costume. It also allows giving a proper shape, fitting and overall designing sense to the final look of the dress.
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Shweta Shah