Today, pleats have become a trending motif in the world of fashion and beyond, extending to fabric-based furnishings marked by a contemporary design. But what happens when we turn to other materials? Things start to get interesting as pleats take on a three-dimensional effect over static objects and even buildings with solid forms evoking that same iconic movement.
Pleat is A fold of fabric that is either stitched down or held in place by another construction feature in order to manipulate fullness. Usually a number of pleats are grouped together. Pleats may be part of a blouse, skirt, or pants.
Pleats are folds formed on a piece of fabric. The related terms have differences according to the language.Characteristic of pleats, the texture, is one of the essential elements of design, which principles are important aesthetic tools and the means by which designers can subtly adjust spotlight and effects on the clothing. The focus here is on manual and semi industrial techniques. The patterns range from simple as knife pleats, to complex,such as tessellations. Inspirations and influences have origin in history and traditions.
Designers use pleats in their designs for both practical reasons, for example, to provide freedom of movement to the wearer, as well as for purely stylistic reasons.Pleating involves folding fabric into different shapes creating differences in the volume and texture of the fabric.
Under the aspect of design-oriented clothing, the pleats in its simplest configurations, as described by Christian Dior, add value in several aspects. Functionally, give ease and comfort. Aesthetically, they keep the elongated
feminine silhouette and lines, and also provide body movement. Culturally, for its users, the pleats are associated with traditional features, out of the trend, which might be opposite to the youth image as enshrined in fashion
There are many different types of pleats. Some of the most common are: knife pleats, which are pressed to keep an edge, and face in the same direction; box pleats, the edges of which face in opposite directions; inverted pleats with edges brought to face each other at a center line; sunburst or accordian pleats that are narrower at the top and wider at the bottom, and kick pleats, generally a single pleat placed at the bottom of a narrow skirt.