According to Wikipedia:

“Designer clothing is clothing that bears the logo of a recognizable fashion designer.

The ‘designer’ whose name is on the label may be:

  • A European couturier, e.g. Chanel, Christian Dior
  • A European luxury goods house, e.g. Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton
  • An American sportswear label, e.g. Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren

When talking about designer clothing, the highly creative and expensive creations of top fashion designers are rarely what is meant.

Rather, ‘designer clothing’ is typically used to describe clothing that was not designed or made by the top fashion luminary, but bears their name due to a licensing agreement the designer has entered into with a mass market apparel manufacturer.

These agreements allow manufacturers of commodity apparel items to sell their wares at a premium price due to the cachet the designer’s name and provide the designer with another income stream.

The quality of the clothing and degree of its resemblance, if any, to the designer’s work vary considerably depending on the licensee and the terms of the agreement the designer has struck. Some terms may limit the number of garment styles that may be produced, allow the designer to veto any designs he finds unappealing.”

I personally find designer clothing to be quite boring because it appears that most of the wearable items are just more of the same; therefore, I’d say fashion design is akin to insanity; albeit a creative tenet.

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