THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR DESIGN-A- DRESS PROGRAM PowerPoint Presentation 2 Elements of Design: Line and Texture

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Elements of Design


Elements of Design:Line and Texture


lines give a garment structure

lines can emphasize or minimize parts of a persons body

lines are either structural (seams, hems, neckline) or decorative (stripes, plaids)

a. Vertical lines

lead the eye up and down, giving the illusion of height and thinness

vertical lines give an appearance of formality and strength to an outfit

b. Horizontal Lines

give the illusion of width, esp. to shoulders, chest or hips

adds stability and restfulness to an outfit

c. Diagonal Lines

adds excitement and movement to an outfit

v-necks or one-shoulder dresses are examples

d. Curved Lines

adds softness and emphasizes a figures natural contourscreates a feeling of movement

TextureVarious textures are created by the fibres used in the fabric

Can be used in the complete design such as the weave or knit of the fabric

Can be used as an embellishment such as collars or sequins

a. Soft and ClingyClingyhugs the bodyemphasizes the figures curvesExamples: t-shirt jersey, chiffon

8b. Soft and Flowing

Flowingthese fabrics hang loosely on the body, giving movement Examples: georgette, rayon

c. Moderately Crisp

stands away from the body and may conceal the body shapesome fabrics may have a napExamples: Denim, corduroy, velvet

d. Extra Crispcreates a firm outer shape which makes the body seem largerExamples: vinyl, taffeta, leather.

e. Nubby and Bulky

adds dimension and makes the body look larger and heaviercan conceal the bodys shapeExamples: tweeds, boucle, sweater knits

f. Dull and Smooth

absorbs light making the figure look smallercomfortable to be worn against the skinExamples: flannelette, broadcloth, gingham Shinyreflects the light, may make the figure look largerExamples: satin, sequins, lame, silk