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International Import Basics for Small Fashion Businesses

Delivery of a Poly Star Lady foam mannequin from Germany via FedEx Express

When I asked my boss once about attending the Premiere Vision fabric show to source fine Italian and other imported fabrics, he told me that the "landed" cost of those fabrics would be prohibitive. His price sensitivity and resulting commitment to use local goods whenever possible struck me because I knew his evening gowns retailed at $5,000 each on average (double that if beaded). Yet, most of the silks and stretch velvets he used cost less than $20 per yard, and I was told to keep a careful watch on prices for other materials for which I shopped.

Realistic Mannequins for Fashion Photography

Poly Star Lady flexible foam mannequin from Poly Form

Photographing clothing is usually a fun job for entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. Visual merchandising brings together all of a designer's creativity into an aspirational image for the consumer, and the success of that presentation can add tremendously to clothing sales. Shown first are the Polyform manufacturer's photos of the Poly Star Lady flexible foam mannequin I selected, after research spanning more than a year, for use in photography for Fashion Belle sewing pattern designs.

Modest Style by Fashion Belle

Tall book stacks at a library

Library book stacks have been home to fashion, beauty and health books from thousands of authors. The viewpoint that seems so often missing from these books is one of modesty. In that light, this online collection of entries about modest style, taken from blog posts on the Fashion Belle website, serves to help fill the gap. Check back from time to time to see new entries.


New Clothing Reviews

Lauren James Bridal Formal

Advertising as Utah's largest bridal and formal store with two locations in Orem and St. George, this company set up an online ordering...

The Perfect White Dress

This manufacturer of long-sleeved, ankle-length white dresses offers a few classic styles that may be used for casual weddings or any...

Tulle and Lace

Tulle and Lace is a modest formal gown rental shop in New York City that showcases its inventory on its Facebook page. Even if you live...

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