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Understanding Color Fashion Design
Impact of Color • Symbols • Temperature • Movement • Mood
What is Color? • Light is the source of all color • Pigments absorb some light rays and reflect others
Color Wheel • Primary Colors • Red • Yellow • Blue • All other colors are made of these
Color Wheel • Secondary Colors • Orange • Violet • Green • Made up of equal amounts of primary colors
Color Wheel • Intermediate Colors • Red-orange • Red-violet • Blue-violet • Blue-green • Yellow-green • Yellow-orange • Made up of equal amounts of primary and secondary
Color Variations • Value: lightness or darkness • Tint: white has been added • Shade: black has been added • Intensity: brightness or dullness
Cool vs. Warm • Cool • Blues • Greens • Warm • Reds • Yellows
Personal Coloring • Skin tones • Yellow, gold or peach cast has warm undertones • Blue or pink trace indicates cool undertones • Seasonal approach • What season are you?
Color Effects….. • Body Shape • Increase size • White • Warm hues • Light values • High intensities • Decrease size • Black • Cool hues • Dark shades • Low intensities • Height • Single color makes you look taller • Emphasis • Contrasting belt makes center of attention