As in architecture, garments have to be developed in terms of model, materials, colours and structure. The design of garments depends to a great extent on the rapidly changing trends in fashion, as well as the cultural conventions of the respective country.

Especially the change between winter and summer collections in Northern countries and the efforts of brands to set new trends for each season has contributed considerably to the increase in cotton consumption worldwide. Today, clothes are disposable products, which is a very debatable trend since it adds to the environmental and social problems connected with textile production.