The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory: A Guide to Fabrics' Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential Paperback – 19 July 2018
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The must-have resource for students and fashion designers
Look no further: this is the fabric and textile reference that dressmakers, fashion designers, and fashion enthusiasts should never be without. It's like having your own personal textiles expert on hand to help choose the best fabric for your artistic purposes. With this how-to guide, you'll discover how different fabrics perform and you'll learn the many ways to use them in your design.
This directory is organized by function. Do you want a fabric for its structure, fluidity, added volume, definition, or decoration? Do you want a garment that clings to the figure, or one that allows you to contract a whole new silhouette? What is the overall effect you are aiming to achieve--pretty and elegant or lustrous and magnificent?
Each fabric described in this fashion book comes with color photos of samples that illustrate its properties, helping you understand how a particular fabric's qualities make it suitable for specific pieces of apparel.
At the back of the book you will find essential guides to fiber properties, weaves, knits, weights, characteristics, and care advice. Written by a fashion expert, this book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in fashion: students, hobbyists, instructors, and professionals.
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About the Author:
Gail Baugh teaches textiles and merchandising at both San Francisco State University and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has extensive fashion industry experience, particularly in global product development and sourcing for large retail chains.
The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory
A Guide to Fabrics' Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential
Illustrated and explained with photographs of fabric samples, garments, and diagrams, each entry has all the information you need to make the right decision about the fabric for your design. Graphic icons representing fabric structure, weight, and any special finishes provide a wealth of information without the need for lots of reading, and facts and figures are summarized in bullet lists. This thorough guide to fashion textiles comprises four sections:
- Section One: Responsible Design
- Section Two: The Language of Textiles
- Section Three: The Textile Directory
- Section Four: The Charts
The Directory of Textiles features everything from natural-fiber textiles to the latest man-made fabrics. It is organized into five chapters intended to lead the designer quickly to the right fabric:
Structure is about creating form that stands away from the body and can create line through shaping and seam detail.
Whether you are a new designer or a designer who is reinventing a concept, fabrics providing structural support to the design are the most plentiful in the textile world. However, having too many options can be as difficult as having too limited a choice.
Fluidity is about fabrics flowing over the body. It is aqueous movement of the fabric that is important.
The designer's goal is to select a fluid fabric that follows the curve of the human form. There is a sensuousness to letting the body create the design form, and the fabric chosen for this purpose should communicate this sensuality.
Ornamentation is about creating interesting details that the designer finds attractive and that will enhance the design.
Designers often use simple fabrics and then apply decorative elements to the design using cut fabric or other trimming details that will add visual texture and interest to the garment.
Expansion and Compression
Expansion is about expanding the design shape and requires fabrics that literally stand alone. Unlike fluid fabrics that follow the body's form, expansion fabrics do the opposite. They enlarge the body's form, expand the silhouette, exaggerate, and accentuate.
Compression is about compacting the body, following the exact shape of the body. Contracting and expanding with the body, like breathing, is the designer's purpose. Compression describes how fabric helps a garment to fit the human form.