The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory: A Guide to Fabrics' Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential Paperback – 21 June 2018
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Here's the fabric and textile directory that fashion designers have been longing for!This book will help you find the fabrics that suit the affects you want to achieve, show you how the fabric will perform, and recommend ways of using it. This new edition has information that is key to industry professionals (including designers and owners of fashion businesses) and explains textile issues and their impact on the environment. Find the perfect fabric for every design:
- Do you want a fabric for structure, drape, added volume, definition, or decoration? Do you want something that clings or a silhouette? Do you want a finish that is simple and pretty or lustrous and magnificent? The directory is organized by function, so you'll always be able to find exactly what you need
- Each fabric in the directory is accompanied by color photos of samples that illustrate its properties, helping you understand how and why a particular fabric is suitable for specific items of apparel
- At the back of the book you will discover essential field guides to fiber properties, weaves, knits, weights, characteristics, and care advice
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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.
About the Author
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1438011555
- ISBN-13 : 978-1438011554
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