We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Fashion Collection?

By Stacy C.
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A fashion collection is a selection of outfits and individual garments that fashion designers put together every season and that reflect predictions of upcoming trends, including color, cut, line and proportion. A collection will usually include a variety of styles, from evening wear to sportswear to outerwear. The cut, coordinating colors and design elements of each style usually tie the items together. It's likely that a fashion designer will have two collections per year — one for the fall/winter season and one for the spring/summer season. The number of pieces included can range from as few as 30 pieces to as many as 120.

After the collection is finished being created and tailored, the designer usually puts on a fashion show. This allows potential buyers, such as distributors or retailers, to see each piece to see if they are interested in buying any of the garments. In the majority of fashion shows, models walk down a runway dressed in pieces from the collection.

Models in fashion shows often wear outlandish hair, makeup, and accessories to represent the designer's artistic vision about the clothing. Each garment itself usually is designed to be functional and appealing to the general public, also known as the mass market, although this can vary by designer. People's tastes change so frequently that fashion collections usually are designed with the idea in mind that the style, colors, and cuts will be out of style within one to two seasons.

Some designers specialize in haute couture, garments made to order for one individual customer. Money usually is no object when it comes to such pieces, and expensive fabrics and design techniques are used. Ready-to-wear collections are a cross between mass market design and haute couture. Although the pieces in a ready-to-wear collection aren't created for individual customers as haute couture is, the designs and price points likely will not appeal to the general public.

Fashion students often have to present a fashion collection as part of their graduation requirements. Successful designers and fashion houses sometimes attend graduate student fashion shows, particularly at well-known art and design schools, to scout out future employees. These schools often are location in cities known for being centers of fashion, such as New York, London, Chicago, and Paris.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By andee — On Nov 28, 2012

Once when I was visiting a friend in New York, we just happened to go to a show where they were modeling the newest summer fashion collection. Some of the clothes were much too outlandish for my taste, but others were designs I really liked.

What I found interesting is how much longer it took for those particular designs to become popular where I live. I live in a small community in the middle part of the country, and the mass market designs I saw at the show took a few years to show up where I lived.

By SarahSon — On Nov 27, 2012

My daughter loves fashion and photography. She has made a name for herself at the local college as a great photographer -- especially when they have fashion week. Because she has such an eye for fashion, and loves everything about it, she comes up with the best shots. I have a feeling she is going to pursue her love of fashion through the camera.

By sunshined — On Nov 27, 2012

My niece is a teenager and absolutely loves fashion. Surprisingly, she is made fun of at school sometimes because she dresses very fashionably, and different than what most of the kids are wearing. Her dream is to be a fashion designer, and I would not be surprised if she succeeds at this.

She knows in order to be successful she will have to move to a major city. Right now she is trying to decide between New York or Los Angeles. I am not that great at keeping up with the latest fashions, but always love to see the outfits my niece puts together.

By Mykol — On Nov 26, 2012

@healthy4life -- I live in the Midwest, and have known several young girls who attended college to study fashion. The sad thing is, there are not many opportunities for employment in the fashion industry in our part of the country.

Only one of the girls went on to study and live in New York. I don't remember for sure who she works for, but know it is a well known fashion design company. I also remember her mom talking about the fashion collection she was putting together for a graduation project.

The other girls who graduate with their fashion degree and stay close to home, usually end up working at a job that has nothing to do with fashion. They are still interested in it from a personal standpoint, but are not being able to use their degree like they were hoping they would.

By cloudel — On Nov 26, 2012

Sometimes, fashion show shoes are outrageous and unwearable, at least to me. It's hard to believe that even those trained models could walk around on shoes so clunky and awkward!

I realize that in many situations, the shoes are just part of the flair, much like the wild hair and hats sometimes worn with the clothing, which is the real star of the show. However, I have seen some fashion shows that were all about the shoes, and even then, the heels were so tall and the soles so awkwardly shaped that I can't imagine they would sell well in the real world.

I stick to the fashion collection at my local discount shoe store. The styles tend to be less wild and more comfortable than the ones on the runway.

By StarJo — On Nov 25, 2012

@Oceana – The items are not that similar. They don't have to all be the same color or even the same cut. They do all complement each other, though, and if you saw them all hanging on a rack next to each other, you would see that they look like part of a collection.

I remember the spring fashion collection from last year that I bought several items from at a department store. The common theme was pastel shades and billowy blouses and dresses. However, the items were unique to themselves, so it wasn't like buying the same dress twice.

By Oceana — On Nov 25, 2012

How similar are the pieces within a collection? For example, would a fall fashion collection contain items that all feature the same shade of orange or brown, or would the items be more varied?

By healthy4life — On Nov 24, 2012

Wow, I had no idea that potential employers attended graduate student fashion shows! What an awesome opportunity for the students to find work in their field!

I studied graphic design, and I would have loved for a scout to have viewed my work and offered me a job. However, we didn't have that sort of opportunity at my college.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.