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  1. Giorgio Armani

    SIMINT, the Modena based manufacturer of his jeans and basics for Emporio Armani, INTAI which produces his ties, and LUXOTTICA which produces his eyewear. http://www.fashionz.co.uk/designers/GiorgioArmani/ Christian Dior Christian Dior was born in 1905 in Normandy, France. He joined the army and after several years, he decided to concentrate on fashion designing. He returned to Paris in 1935 and began selling his sketches. At first, his hats were more successful than his dress designs. However, he concentrated more on his dress designing and was hired by Robert Piguet in 1938.

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  2. It's important to understand the difference between our ancestor's need to clothe themselves for warmth and the emergence of fashionable clothes and changing fashions.

    The history of fashion and clothes has been very different for men and women. In Western societies, men's clothes have almost always included leg coverings, such as pantaloons and a form of jacket and a hat. Women's clothing was based on dresses and/or long skirts and bodices. This difference can be explained, because of the different status and occupations of men and women. Historically, men went out to fight and farm and women stayed at home and were involved in the domestic side of life. The middle and upper classes wore clothes that portrayed to the world, their class and social standing.

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At one time in the 19th century there were more millionaires in Dundee than in any other city in the world and they amassed their fortunes through the production of jute. Jute is a textile that was imported from India and was used to make sacks, carpet backing, chairs and just about any product that required a coarse and robust material. This, in a nutshell, provides you with an insight into the importance of textiles.

We do tend to assume they're only used for clothing but their uses are mind-bogglingly diverse; from furnishings to road surfaces to medical body parts to cars - textiles are all around us, not just on us. GCSE Design and Technology Textiles enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the materials involved, their use, their design and the processes required to produce them for a purpose. You'll be designing, testing and producing your own textile products which need to be able to be a success in the market that you have chosen for them. Assessment is done by both coursework and examinationand you can access some great essays on the Marked by Teachers site to see how others have coped with the demands of D&T Textiles questions.

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