Glossary

What is Fashion?
Fashion is a form of free style.
What is Haute Couture?
Haute Couture is a French phrase for high fashion. Couture means dressmaking, sewing, or needlework and haute means elegant or high, so the two combined imply excellent artistry with the fashioning of garments. 
Damask and Brocade Fabric
Damask was originally a technique woven in China and this technique spread to the Middle East.
Brocade has always been associated with luxury and opulence.
Damask and brocade are related patterned fabrics in that they both exploit the play of light falling on the weave structure. Long floats of warp and weft create pattern by subtle contrasts.
Textile Technology
Technological improvements in the last forty years of the 20th century included improved fabric technology. Dress adapted to meet these needs.
Pashminas
Colours based on primary and secondary hues seemed to disappear from sight until the late 90s. Around 1997, feminine dresses in bright silks and colourful Pashmina shawls in many pastel tones became usual. Women began to wear stronger pinks, lilac, purples, reds, lime green and turquoise again. Fashion began to be pretty again and welcomed by those who wanted to relinquish track suits and sportswear or by many who had never adopted them.
By the year 2000 Pashminas were a mass fashion and many moved onto newer ideas. It did not go away however as many found it so useful. It returned with expensive embroidery or beadwork in 2001.
Tweed
Tweed has been woven and finished in the UK for centuries. It has a long history of being one of the finest fabric materials in the world. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century several manufacturers and their designers have made British tweed very special, employing innovative creative skills that elevated British tweed into an art form. The three names that immediately spring to mind when asked about this are Harris Tweed, Bernat Klein and Linton Tweeds all produced in the UK.
Tweed was originally used for country wear, and cloaks in former centuries. In the 1890s British tweed became popular when made into the 'tailor made' garments for women. These consisted of a jacket and long skirt.
It was all the rage amid a new workforce of office working women. It was functional, warm, hardwearing and could be worn with a tailored shirt blouse which was in complete contrast to the froufrou of the period 1890-1910. Coco Chanel Used the tweed.