Tips and Inspirations How to Design Kaftan.

Tips and Inspirations for Designers, Homemakers and Stylists:  How to Design KAFTAN.

Legend has it that Diana Vreeland once pegged the caftan as “fashionable for the beautiful people.”  How this simple drape of a dress could somehow make you feel like celebrity? It’s voluminous shape and heavily overpowring printed surface might render it unappealing, but its often the deep neckline, more likely embelished with intricative details and side slit detail lend just the right wink. Powerful, sophisticated, and cunning.

The caftan seduces the body. A most unlikely garment of sex appeal, it turns yards of fabric into near nudity with the right warm breeze, and its unfitted form has been irresistible to cultures all over the world for thousands of years.” — Anna Yanofsky, editor of Exhibiting Fashion.

A big part of the appeal of the caftan is that they’re easy to wear, but elegant and sexy. The ability to put on something so simple and feminine that makes any girl feel glam seems like a no-brainer. Jeans down, anyone? Yes, please.

This “curtain” free-flowing kaftan works in any scenario from desk to dinner to dancing.

Stylist Doria Santlofer says, “Caftans are comfortable and loose, but they don’t sacrifice style. In a caftan you could be lounging by Saint Laurent’s pool in 1970s Marrakesh or hanging with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton on a movie set! Plus, there’s always something sexier about imagination…no one knows what’s under all that colorful fabric!”

I couldn’t agree more. Keep them guessing, and make them think about 1001 nights from Arabian storytales.

Where KAFTAN was coming from and How to Design KAFTAN by using historical references.

Kaftans have made a huge comeback onto the fashion scene in recent years, becoming increasingly more popular or both casual and formal wear. But what is a kaftan and when and how would you wear one? The kaftan first appeared in Persia at about 600 B.C., so getting nostalgic with it beginning at circa 1960 feels a bit odd — but we’re here to review fashion’s relationship with the caftan. A traditional kaftan is a garment that is a loose, ankle length robe which has long, flowing sleeves.

If you want to see what these may have looked like and get your references, there is still an amazing collection of imperial kaftans sewn in rich, luxurious fabrics that were once worn by the Ottoman Sultans of Turkey displayed in the Palace in Istanbul. Some of these rich garments were so prized and valuable that they were presented to generals as a special gifts. They were also historically worn by men in Russia by the 19th century they were generally only worn by the poorer people.

I personally love to watch a Turkish epic movie Magnificent Century” to get inspirations and true historical references from there How to design kaftan.

Caftans are magical, elegant, flowing garments made of luscious printed cotton or silk that instantly transform the wearer into a truly ethereal creature.

Vintage Pattens.

Kaftans a popular option for a myriad of events or building new collection for designer, which is wonderful… until 4 people at the same function are wearing the same kaftan style in the same mass-produced print…including Camilla brand or you will see your caftan style in every range of your competitions… Vintage patterns may solves that problem and come as na aid for an inspiring kaftan developer.

How to Design kaftan Tips from Fashionblog

How to Design Kaftan by using Vintage Patterns.

Designing Kaftan Prints for digital printing. By Irina Kalonatchi ( fashion blog. fr editor)

Designing an developing prints for KAFTAN is very time consuming but rewarding work for designer. I was using many different elements for my compositions including my own antique emeralds, photographed and blended in the design pattern.

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How to Design Kaftan Textile Print Digitally - Artworks by Irina Kalonatchi

Celebrity Kaftan Inspirations for Designers and Stylists.

The idea to wear this historical garment by celebrities took America by storm n the 1960’s, and kaftans have been an essential to numerous Hollywood starlets and jet-setters since the early 1960s to our days.
Then only thanks to the suggestion of legendary Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland, the original character of  “Devil Who Wore Prada.”
Here are some gorgeous starlets and models from the past that show us how to design celebrity style kaftans:


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