How to Spark Your Creativity

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Where do your strengths lie when it comes to fashion and creativity? Do you know how to spark your own creativity and find what works well for you? Many times, creative people find that they are inspired by various things. What those things are sometimes all depends on what the person likes, what they’re accustomed to being around and even the things that DON’T appeal to them.

Many designers use creativity sparks when they work so as to help them make their pieces all genuine and as original as possible. This also holds true for anybody who has an interest in creative things. That creativity can be in designing, structuring, building something or in the smallest details in all of it.

Think about how you feel when you’re working and you get a rush of creative energy. What was it around you that made you feel that way? Whether it was a picture, a person or music, try to have that same thing around you each time you need to fuel some creativity. Over time, you’ll find yourself reaching for that creative help when you need to produce something great.

If you require a catalyst for your creativity, then by all means use it! Don’t apologize that you have to use something, and never feel like you’re using a symbolic "crutch" just because you have to use something. The best and often most famous designers are those who will say that they are sparked when a particular event happens or when their circumstances are ideal, for them.

Creativity is such a conditional thing, that it’s hard to say what will and even what won’t work for someone. The best approach is to find the things that spark your own creativity, use those things as often as you can and take those results for what they’re worth.

The Rules of Fashion

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What are the rules of fashion? Are there really any hard and fast rules that a person must observe?

Fashion is a relative idea. What appeals to one person may or may not appeal to another person. Therefore, the first rule of fashion is…that there are no rules! But for the sake of keeping fashion on a creative level, there are some tips that designers follow and people follow so as to keep things flowing smoothly for them.

- Always give fashion credit. This normally applies to designers and creative people. This means that if your design, your style or look was inspired by someone, give them credit for the design and tell what the inspired part was. It’s in poor taste to take credit for something that you didn’t have any part in.

- Go with what works. But remember, to keep your fashion smooth looking. Be free-spirited and use your creativity, but also have a reasoning behind what your choices were. It’s likely that no one will question why you’ve chosen what you have, but the likelihood is still there. In other words, are you pairing ankle boots with leggings and a short to get noticed, or for functional convenience? It’s always good to be able to explain your fashion choices.

- Let your inspirations show through. Creativity is the hallmark of all good fashions. When a person is inspired, they feel good when they are allowed to let their choices show through and get the attention they want for it. This also inspires others and can spark creativity in them as well.

Following rules is too constricting and too stifling. That would be just following rules for the sake of it. But by observing a few unspoken tips, you will find that it’s much easier and better for fostering creative energy.

The Difference Between a Stylist and a Designer

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What’s the difference between a stylist and a designer? Don’t they both make people look good? Aren’t they both the same thing?

Although a stylist and a designer are in many ways similar, they are not both the same thing. They have job similarities that can lap over into each other, but overall, their jobs are vastly different in a large respect.

- Accessories

A costume designer looks for accessories that will enhance the creation that they’ve made. They may even design something specifically for the costume, just to ensure that it gives off the initial impression they want.

A stylist takes available accessories and uses them for the purposes they already have. They don’t create (necessarily), but they use available resources. They may offer their insights to the designer, but they primarily rely on their creative sparks and available resources.

- Clothing

A costume designer actually designs clothes for their clients. They take the personality of the character, entertainer, etc. and works with it to make something specifically for that individual.

A stylist takes clothing from different designers and creates a "look." Their creative abilities are in what they can do with the things they’re given. This is where their creative abilities count for a lot, and their choices can make the costume designer shine!
A person with multiple skills in both areas could certainly successfully do both jobs. On many television sets and entertainment sets, they may in fact lap over. However, in order for there to be a uniform consistency in the way each duty is performed, it’s best to have a designated stylist and a designated costume designer. This makes the overall presentation more stunning, more impressive and keeps each person’s creative work in the area that best suits them and the task they’re working with.