“We sell more than clothes!” – Creative Fashion Commercials

  • John Lewis – Never Knowingly Undersold TV Advert 2012

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What to say in fashion industry advertising?

It is understood that the first considerations must be the advertising objectives and the target customer, but the focal point of an advertising message is the advertising appeal. The appeal should tell potential buyers what the product offers and what it can do for them, Themes are often developed to provide continuity to an advertising campaign, but are also commonly used to reinforce a brand image, thereby helping to maintain distinctive competitive positions. Themes also help ease the introduction of new fashion products and services.

Or you can just jump out of the box and think about new ideas that could attract people’s attention, like the three commercials above did.

How to convey the message in fashion industry advertising?

  1. Stressing the products’ unique selling points.
  2. Telling a story or the history of a fashion product.
  3. Reflecting the lifestyle or desired lifestyle by careful selection of situations showing people wearing the garments.
  4. Real life situations can be used for instance where someone has a problem and the advertisement shows the solution.
  5. Demonstrations can be used to prove the products’ claim which may be, for example, to withstand 100 washes and still retain its shape and color.
  6. Testimonials may be made by celebrities, television or sports personalities whom the target customers will identify with. They endorse the product either by using it or making a statement supporting the brand.
  7. The association format uses analogies o convey the message by creating an emotional mood and communicating the psychological benefits through exciting associations such as sporting events and showing beautiful scenery.
  8. Fantasy appeals seek to associate the product with the target market’s wildest dreams and hopes. Cosmetics producers often feature fantasy as a theme.
  9. Montage formats present the audience with a number of different situations, scenes and visual effects to create excitement and demonstrate the various situations for wearing garments.

What kind of Fashion Advertisement would make you feel interesting?


Part of guidelines and advices  are coming from the book

Fashion Marketing by Mike Easey.


A story of Cheongsam

qipaoThe cheongsam is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features and enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of high fashion.

The name “cheongsam,” meaning simply “long dress,” entered the English vocabulary from the dialect of China’s Guangdong Province (Cantonese). In other parts of the country including Beijing, however, it is known as “qipao”, which has a history behind it.

When the early Manchu rulers came to China proper, they organized certain people, mainly Manchus, into “banners” (qi) and called them “banner people” (qiren), which then became loosely the name of all Manchus. The Manchu women wore normally a one-piece dress, which, likewise, came to be called “qipao” or “banner dress.” Although the 1911 Revolution toppled the rule of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, the female dress survived the political change and, with later improvements, has become the traditional dress for Chinese women.

Easy to slip on and comfortable to wear, the cheongsam fits well the female Chinese figure. Its neck is high, collar closed, and its sleeves may be either short, medium or full length, depending on season and taste. The dress is buttoned on the right side, with a loose chest, a fitting waist, and slits up from the sides, all of which combine to set off the beauty of the female shape. This fitted dress is often made up in shimmering silk, embroidered satin or other sensual fabrics. Best on athletic or slim figures, the cheongsam is an acceptable alternative to the little black dress for special occasions.

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