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OK ... I'm back.

Here's one other thought:

If this is a multi-day presentation, then I would change the order of one section so it flows a little better. I think that section 5, about color and pattern belongs right after #2 (Does This Make Me Look Fat?). Depending on what you want to cover, it actually could be part of #2. eg: The most important use of color and pattern is to enhance assets and to camouflage flaws. But it could remain a separate section, if you are delving into the "mood" and other people's perceptions about your personality, based on color and pattern.

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OK ... I'm back.

Here's one other thought:

If this is a multi-day presentation, then I would change the order of one section so it flows a little better. I think that section 5, about color and pattern belongs right after #2 (Does This Make Me Look Fat?). Depending on what you want to cover, it actually could be part of #2. eg: The most important use of color and pattern is to enhance assets and to camouflage flaws. But it could remain a separate section, if you are delving into the "mood" and other people's perceptions about your personality, based on color and pattern.
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Congrats on being invited to present. I have a couple of thoughts, then I have to leave .... but may return later.


Seems to me that it's a lot for a very short presentation, even over two days. Way too much to cover, in my opinion. I think you need to drastically cut


And I think that maybe you have three different topics there. The first is how to dress to flatter your body type ... and the second is how to build a wardrobe and, according to your post .... the most important part would be how to dress to impress on a job interview. Yes, they are all related, but I think that the first two parts are not necessary if your topic is dressing for success/dressing to impress on the job.


So, pick two ... and focus more. I suggest that it be dress for your body type ... and dress for an interview and for the job you want. And don't get into building a whole wardrobe ... just because that can be very dry and also a bit intimidating.


I love the idea of mannequins ... a great visual aid! The color wheel may be a bit too complex ... it's art theory. Other visual aids like before and after photos showing different colors on the same person, might be better and easier to envision what you are trying to get across.


ETA: perhaps I'm reading this wrong ... maybe it's a multi day course, not just two days? If that's the case, my advice actually isn't that helpful and I think you are on track.
Thank you SO much BetteT for your advice and congratulations! You are correct it is a two day presentation. The coordinators wanted to give me an hour on the first day and a booth on the second day, which they are still shooting for given the audience. However, as it stands now I may not have that hour so I will plan accordingly. I agree that wardrobe building could be cut down and I could bring up some of those points throughout the presentation and that dressing professionally and for your body are the most important parts. I will probably just mention the places where the clothes came from and books for further reading on separate slides for them to refer to later.

I'm thinking of using the mannequins the second day so that could eliminate the need for the color wheel especially if I provide before/after or compare/contrast images the first and second day and combining section 5 with 2 for brevity's sake.

Now I'm on to looking for good images to illustrate my points. Again, thank you so much!

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Hi, my name is Laura Duncan and I am a final year student at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. As part of my honours dissertation I am required to carry out a research project and would be very grateful if you could fill out this short survey! It is about consumer attitudes towards the issue of ethics in the fashion industry and will take no more than 5 minutes. I would really appreciate your help. Thank you! 

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Hi! I just did the survey. Just some observations and/or questions:

- I'm not British and thus don't shop at M & S at all. I hope that doesn't matter.

- You didn't seem to differentiate between retailers and manufacturers. To me, the emphasis should be on the manufacturers being forced to manufacture to ethical standards. The retailers, specifically the small operators serving a certain market and price point, don't have much choice but to buy from the brands that the wholesaler within their price point stock, as customers don't want to pay above a certain dollar value. Unless it's a 'brand', in which case customers happily buy, even though that brand is being manufactured in pretty much the same conditions and costs the same amount to make (if not cheaper due to quantities being manufactured) as another brand that is perceived to be 'cheaper'. Which really frigging sucks. People suck.

- So, for the purpose of this survey, by 'retailer' do you mean the large retail operations that get their own goods manufactured? Or are you including the large retailers and the small business owners together in one group, although the small business operators really have no clout?

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Hi! I just did the survey. Just some observations and/or questions:

- I'm not British and thus don't shop at M & S at all. I hope that doesn't matter.

- You didn't seem to differentiate between retailers and manufacturers. To me, the emphasis should be on the manufacturers being forced to manufacture to ethical standards. The retailers, specifically the small operators serving a certain market and price point, don't have much choice but to buy from the brands that the wholesaler within their price point stock, as customers don't want to pay above a certain dollar value. Unless it's a 'brand', in which case customers happily buy, even though that brand is being manufactured in pretty much the same conditions and costs the same amount to make (if not cheaper due to quantities being manufactured) as another brand that is perceived to be 'cheaper'. Which really frigging sucks. People suck.

- So, for the purpose of this survey, by 'retailer' do you mean the large retail operations that get their own goods manufactured? Or are you including the large retailers and the small business owners together in one group, although the small business operators really have no clout?
Hi, thank you very much for your response! Although you do not shop in M&S your response is very much valued!

This survey is focusing on large retailers who hold a high level of power on the British highstreet, like M&S. Thus, these retailers have a certain level of power to exert choice over the manufacturer that they use, and whether or not they choose to adopt the most ethical principles.

Thanks again!

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Hi, thank you very much for your response! Although you do not shop in M&S your response is very much valued!

This survey is focusing on large retailers who hold a high level of power on the British highstreet, like M&S. Thus, these retailers have a certain level of power to exert choice over the manufacturer that they use, and whether or not they choose to adopt the most ethical principles.

Thanks again!
No problem. Thanks for your response. As somebody who has worked for a couple small businesses, I have a certain sympathy for small business operators trying to sell in this day and age, where everybody wants everything for the same wholesale prices that the store is buying for, without consideration for the business owner and their expenses in holding the product in their store. In my experience, most customers don't care about ethics. I think only the people who can afford to care, care, and shop accordingly.

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I absolutely agree, that is why I think that larger, more powerful retailers should make the right, ethical decisions in order to alert consumers to ethical issues, and possibly (in an ideal world) alter the standard of the fashion industry.. Your comments will be helpful in highlighting key issues in my research

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Hi all,

My name is Emile, and I am a newly started independent information professional. Since I am passionate about Art, Design and Fashion, I am looking to apply my skills in the Fashion and Design industry. I would much appreciate it if you could read through the following info and answer a couple of questions. Note that I am not selling anything, I am just trying to determine if I can apply my skills in the fashion industry.

Independent information professionals use high-level skills in finding, managing, applying, and communicating information.


The type of work I do includes things like background research, project research success rate of ad campaigns, fact-checking, compiling lists of journalists/fashion critics/potential buyers etc. For example I can research “who in countries XYZ can supply fabrics with specific attributes ABC?” or “what should we be doing/developing regarding shirts and/or trousers – where are they heading over the next few years”.

So my questions are:

1) Do you think the fashion industry in general could use independent information professionals?

2) Do you see yourself potentially using the an information professional service? Or have you used one before? If so, how often would you hire one?

3)How much are you willing to pay for an information professional per hour? Keeping in mind that I would provide a quote per project before commencing.
(Most information professionals charge between 85-150$ (US) per hour depending on experience and field of work).


4) For what kind of projects or research would hire an information professional for?

5) Where would you look to find an information professional?

I'll be grateful for answers to any of these questions if you cannot answer all of them.

Thank you so much for your time

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I can't say I'm an expert ... I am not a designer and I don't own a company. But I have a couple of thoughts about this in general.

Yes, I think that what you are thinking of doing "might" be useful to small companies, because they have limited resources and may want just a few questions answered.

But be aware that there are numerous companies who already do this for the fashion industry. I believe that the research is already done and you can purchase the information as a package. For example ... Pantone researches and provides designers with the colors for next year ... and designers can just buy that information. http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx You can go to a company like NPD who also has a ton of market info that they sell to the fashion industry: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/u...rtise/fashion/ Then there are trend analysis and forcasting companies that I've heard of. I'm sure there must be many, many companies who provide other information like this ... for marketing, production resources, pretty much anything you need. The point is ... Fashion companies probably do not need to hire someone to do this research for them ... they can buy it.


These companies would be your competition ... so you need to check them out and figure out how you can differentiate your services ... or they could also be a potential employer for you, in case your freelance services don't work out.


If it was my small company, and I wanted to hire someone to work directly for me, I probably would look at and/or advertise the job on the usual fashion newspapers: the two most important are; WWD http://www.wwd.com/ and Apparel News. http://classifieds.apparelnews.net/ There are others, but I'd start there.

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Hi Bette,

Thank you for your insightful information, I was not aware of such companies, I will definitely look into it further.

Regards,
Emile.

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You are welcome.

And speaking of being welcome ... Welcome to the Fashion Spot!

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Hey, I really hope you guys wont mind helping me, I have a project to do on Schiaparelli for university and I was wondering if any one who knows the brand would be able to help me? I just have a few questions to ask and this can done by PM if preferred.

Thanks so much!!

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Welcome to the Fashion Spot, bluesky!

I suggest that you just post your questions here .... so anyone who might know an answer to just one question can see it and might be able to help just a little.

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Hey, I really hope you guys wont mind helping me, I have a project to do on Schiaparelli for university and I was wondering if any one who knows the brand would be able to help me? I just have a few questions to ask and this can done by PM if preferred.

Thanks so much!!
if no one has contacted you yet, may I suggest posting your questions beforehand that way people could chime in with any information they may have or point you in the right direction.

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