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Over 600 Mix-and-Match Elements for Creative Clothing Design
Simon Travers-Spencer and Zarida Zaman - All books by this author

B oth students of fashion design and professionals in the field will find valuable inspiration in this profusely illustrated idea book. More than 1,200 detailed illustrations provide the building blocks for designing imaginative and original clothing. The opening section serves as a photo-illustrated catalog of basic shapes for—

  • Sleeves
  • Necklines
  • Hems
  • Pockets
  • Ties and Fastenings
  • Collars
  • Cuffs
  • Waistbands
  • Embellishments (lace, appliqué, etc.)
The book’s second and main section combines photos and fashion illustrations to present unique and original design ideas for all of the above-noted clothing parts. Sixteen original designs per page are sketched in a grid format, according to intended use: casual, formal, special occasion, and essential. The drawings are cross-referenced according to suggested fabrics for construction. A gatefold flap inside the book presents a human outline figure to guide designers in mixing and matching garment parts. The book’s final section, titled “Taking It Further,” shows how to find additional inspiration from outside sources, for instance from architectural details, or the graphic designs of the 1960s Op Art movement, or the dress designs of the 1930s. Readers will also find inventive ideas for using specialty fabrics, including silk, organza, and suede. Color photos and illustrations on every page.

About The Authors:
Simon Travers-Spencer
is a menswear graduate of the prestigious Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. He has illustrated for Dunhill, worked as a tailor’s assistant at Watts & Co., and as a production assistant at the design studio Tristan Webber. He is currently developing his own label collection.

Zarida Zaman is a Central St. Martin’s women’s wear graduate. She currently teaches there, and at London College of Fashion. As a practicing designer she is working with a London-based fitness company, producing sportswear designs for men and women.

Paperback / 144 Pages / 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 / 2008


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