High Fashion vs. Knock Offs…can you tell the difference?

I got my tree all decorated and my living room back in order, and wanted to share some pictures with you, but I realized it was too dark, so it will have to wait for another day or two. I know not everyone is interested in my home decorating since this blog is supposed to be about dolly stuff but it’s hard to not show “holiday-ish” things right now…

However, I decided to do something totally out of the blue for this post. It dates back to the 70’s…and it’s not about a Julie doll! I went to college and majored in Apparel Design but never realized years down the road the designing I’d be doing would be for dolls. I love what I’m doing now and can’t imagine doing it for people clothes…NAH!!!

Fortunately I saved a lot of my things from my college classes… you’ll see what I mean. We had a project in one of my design classes where we were learning about “high-fashion vs. knock-offs.” Do you know the difference? High fashion has all the details and the special little effects that set it apart and usually makes the price much higher. Knock offs, on the other hand, are items that are “copied” from the high fashion items but are missing the extra details or they are mimicked in a way that it “sort of shows them but not quite!”

In this project, we had to design and draw 5 children’s outfits and show the high fashion designs in one drawing and the knock offs in the other drawing. I’m not an artist, so overlook my strange looking faces and just look at the fashions…if you please! My drawings were just in a soft pencil, but when I transferred them to Picasa they look like they are done in pen and ink…they’re just in pencil…

See if you can spot the differences in the pictures below. The first picture is the high fashion one…

If you click on the pictures they enlarge and it’s easier to see the details.


Now here are the knock-offs… notice how the “details” are missing? No pockets, no double topstitching, no trim on the coat, etc….


It’s the differences like you’d find in Macy’s vs. K-Mart…

Then we had to pick one of our high-fashion designs and find a piece of fabric that we would make our design out of and color the picture with colored pencils. I picked the little girls coat and used a piece of purple corduroy for my idea.


So, now you know the differences… wasn’t that fun?

See you tomorrow,
Blessings and Merry Christmas,
~ Jeanne

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  1. You must have had so much fun in school, Jeanne! Your little girl drawings are cute as are your fashions.

    • HI Cindy,
      I did have fun in school… Apparel Design is a fun major!
      Thanks so much and Merry Christmas,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Jeannie B. in TX says:

    I love these designs. This is exactly the era I raised my little kids in and sewing so many of their outfits and dresses. I would have been proud to dress them in any one of these designs.

    • Thank you Jeannie,
      It was fun to drag these drawings out again and remember those days!
      Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas,

  3. Those drawings are very cute. You can draw better than I can. 🙂

    • Thank you Christine,
      You are too kind with your compliment… I am just am amateur but it was fun doing these drawings.
      Blessings and Merry Christmas to you,
      ~ Jeanne

  4. I think your drawings are awesome, and interestingly (IMHO) look similar to Little Darling dolls!!

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