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Dutchess_III's avatar

Who designs fabric colors and patterns?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42438points) May 13th, 2016

Are they “starving artists” or what?

I ask because I’m looking through this website and just getting dizzy with all the choices. Then I thought, “These all originated in someones mind!” Who comes up with these colors and patterns?

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Cruiser's avatar

They don’t they steal it. Just google vintage wallpaper

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

This was back in my memory and it took some time to Google up the story. If you’re familiar with Hermes, it may be for the silk scarves which sell for $100s apiece.

Here’s the story of their only American scarf designer: How A Texas Postman Became An Herm├Ęs Designer

Dutchess_III's avatar

Fascinating article @Call_Me_Jay! The “more stories” look interesting too. Bookmarked. Thank you.

OMG, some of that wallpaper is gorgeous, @Cruiser! But who designs the wall papers?

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Another fabric designer story from my memory…

I wandered into a vintage clothing store and the owner was raving about the little old lady in the neighborhood who was regularly stopping by with 1960s & 1970s clothes for consignment. “It’s all really high-end, like Pucci!!”

I had no idea what “Pucci” meant but looked into it later and found Emilio Pucci was a really big deal, known especially for his fabric prints.

JLeslie's avatar

Tapemeasure knocked off Pucci patterns a lot back in the 90’s. Sometimes patterns are developed by clothing designers and sometimes it’s people who work in textiles and the designers go fabric shopping and get inspired.

dabbler's avatar

We know three people who do or have done fabric design in NYC.
They have the kind of professional art/design backgrounds you might expect but apply some special considerations to design for fabric especially how the pattern repeats and balancing the design to give a similar impression when viewing any arbitrary section.
There’s a fair amount of consideration to proportions of sizes and how colors appear in some parts vs other parts of the pattern so that something made from the fabric will have the desired elements. Fabrics can have an intended target market, like kids’ backpacks or hair scrunchies or…

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