It would be not an overstatement if it is said that fashion has taken over the world nowadays. It functions as a huge industry with a lot of byproducts. The rise of the industry has been quite recent. It gained prominence since the latter half of the 19th century. It is because prior to that all most all the clothing and the accessories were customized as well as handmade. The advent of the sewing machine made fashion an area of mass production and made it a multi-million dollar industry.
The fashion industry had its initial roots in America and Europe only. However, now it can be termed as a globalized industry. It is because most of the production happens in a different nation from the one where the design was conceived. For example, a fashion house from the US might have the fabric source from India; the product is manufactured somewhere in South East Asia, finished in Italy and sent back to the source for international distribution. Such process provides a huge boost to global employment and economy.
Fashion industry ranks as one of the highest employers in the US. It essentially has some broad categories viz. raw material production, design conception along with creation, articles and apparel production, retail sales and finally the advertisements and promotion. These stages also include various other industries like textiles, manufacturing, retailing, marketing and obviously media. A collection of all such industries and their continuous efforts and supports has made the fashion industry so much happening and successful.