How to find inspirations
How to find inspirations

Looking for great sources for fashion inspo? Well look no more, we have everything you
need!
We all need inspiration from time to time and in this article, we will provide you with the
best inspiration possible, as well as giving you useful info on all things fashion related.
Here’s a list of things to look out for when you’re looking for inspiration on what to wear
or on what to sew/DIY.

1. Movies



Movies are a great source of inspiration when it comes to fashion. You may have never
thought about it but every outfit you see on TV or in movies was deliberately styled to make
the viewer feels a certain way about the character or to match the theme of the movie.
Outfits in movies play a big role. Each is styled to convey a certain era, season, social group
and/or to add a certain personality to a character. It’s really cool when you think about it.
Here are 10 best movies that we at Ministry of Patterns think that are iconic for style and
perfect for fashion inspo -
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
2. Almost famous
3. Sex and the city: The movie (2008)
4. Bring up baby (1938)
5. Heathers (1988)
6. Factory girl (2006)
7. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
8. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
9. Ocean’s eight (2018)
10. The Septmeber Issue

2. Magazines



This may seem a little old school, but that awesome fashion spreads
in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and ELLE are in there for a reason!
Clip out any looks that you particularly like and see if you can re-create
the look with things you already have in your closet or with your amazing
DIY and sewing skills.
Don’t forget to check out advertisements and celebrity spreads,
too — these are particularly great for fresh hair and makeup
ideas

3. Runways
Runway shows are a great resource for inspiration, and you don't
have to go to New York Fashion Week to see them. You can find
every major runway show from the last 20 years on Vogue.com,
Look at as many runway shows as you can. What you see on a runway is a form of art,
but in a way, every outfit you style and/or make yourself is a form of art also!
Don’t be afraid to become an artist and to become your own fashion designer.
Watching runway shows can really help you become your own personal designer by inspiring you.
Even though some fashion runways can be extreme don't let that put you off. Look at the details
and focus on the things that you like in a certain outfit and don’t be afraid to use them as inspiration.
Fashion shows launch every season, specifically the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter
seasons. This is where the latest fashion trends commence. By watching the newest, most
on season shows and getting inspiration from them you’ll always be on trend, but remember
to also look at the older shows because they might surprise you. You might find things that
you never thought that you’d like. Of course the two most influential fashion weeks are Paris
Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, which are both semiannual events,
look at photos and videos from these events if you never have seen them before they really
are a great sources of inspiration, also don’t forget about the Milan, London and Berlin Fashion Weeks!
Don’t know to navigate through the foreign-sounding names describing
specific programs? Check out our mini go-to dictionary -

Haute Couture - is a department of luxury tailoring created on
client's special order. The term haute couture is protected by the
French Ministry of Culture and Communication and fashion houses
that use this term have a number of rules. They concern a certain
number of employees and models and the possession of two
studios (one creates suits and the other dresses), but also the
technique itself - the creations are hand-sewn and presented as
part of at least two collections throughout the year. The show is
prepared on a crazy scale and is a closed VIP access show.

Pret a porter (ready-to-wear), or literally ready-to-wear clothes, are
runway collections are shown twice a year - spring-summer and
autumn-winter seasons. These collections are sewn in series and are
presented in the form of a show, recently they have been made available
for purchase at the time of the catwalk debut.

Cruise / Resort - an inter-season show of a collection dedicated
to the wealthiest who spend the winter months in summer resorts.
Typically, the shows include summer clothing and beachwear such as
long, breathable gowns, bikinis, and sportswear. They are held in
June at various locations chosen by the designers.

Pre fall is an inter-season collection shown between summer and winter shows. During the
pre fall shows, an intermediate line between these two seasons is presented, combining
summer and winter trends (i.e. something for Italian warm autumns etc.)



Here are some lesser-known designer labels that celebrities are loving - they may really
inspire you:
Oh Polly – a ready-to-wear label is known for its bodycon
dresses, snug co-ord sets and ultra feminine details like ruching,
poufy sleeves and a contemporary, vibrant colour palette.
BLSSD - Their provoking design aesthetic
crossovers between technical sportswear, luxe aesthetic and
minimalism to express their version of a refined, contemporary
urban style.
appapop – funky style with jumpsuits and dresses populating
each collection. It’s the next best alternative to your favorite high
street brands.
I love pretty - Each piece exudes the spirit of passion and
romance.
Don’t forget that our patterns inspired by the most beautiful looks from runways from from
all around the world - just check out our patterns of the week

4. Style blogs

The awesome thing about looking at personal style blogs is that once you find a few whose
styles you really identify with, you can refer to their looks over and over again... fashion
blogs always show something new and something exciting that you can get amazing
inspiration from. Here are some interesting (in our humble opinion!) fashion blogs:
edaowafashion - From the classic jeans and a blazer to the
not-so-classic printed crop tops and colorful trousers
kelseydashmarie - From bold printed Rixo dresses to sleek
tailoring, there’s nothing Kelsey-Marie can’t pull off
emmarosestyle - if you’re a fan of pretty dresses, this account
Is definitely for you
sabinasovcol - Think 70s Bridgitte Bardot or Jane Birkin,
with a modern twist, if that sounds like something of your tasting then definitely check out
this blog!

5. Catalogs
Catalogs usually having really original and interesting ways of layering pieces — and even
though they probably do that to show off as many of their items as possible in one picture,
we love the way it turns out. Just like you would do with any great magazine spread, tear
out your favorite looks and keep them all together in an inspiration board or your own
personal fashion inspo binder.

6. Instagram
Just a quick look through your favorite Instagram accounts and looking at who your
favorite Instagrammers follow might bring up some new inspirations for you to find and
use in the styling of your outfits. Spending an hour or so, searching through the most
inspirational accounts you know of might help you spot a new bag design you love, a new
style of shoe or a pair of trousers you need!

7.Pinterest
Lastly don’t forget to sing up onto and use platforms such as Pinterest! Pinterest is an app
that even high profile designers use. It really helps to gain inspiration... You can search for
different photos from magazines, movies and catwalks. You can save them onto your
personal style/inspo board and always have them at you fingertip – just whenever you need
that little bit of extra inspiration when styling or even sewing your new outfit.

8. Some useful links for inspirations
TAGWALK APP - best photos from fashion shows
VOGUE calendar - The Who, What, Where, When, and Why
DREST - dress your own photo avatar
Pose - daily weather forecast

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