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“Dictionary” isn’t the right word. It’s more like “identifier.” It tells you the name of each, different kind of style of clothes, but no more. You don’t why they are called what they are, beyond what you can see. You don’t know what distinguishes one style of pant/shirt/etc. from the next, beyond personal preference. So it won’t help you to discern why someone would choose one style over the other (beyond visual/personal preference). Choosing a style of clothing has a lot to do with function and purpose, so the book won’t help much fun this area. But, at least you know the names of styles so you can at least Google it, I suppose. *shrugs shoulders*
a pretty nice simple handy guide for clothing. only has basics, like clothing types. doesnt have every single type (thats impossible of course) but there's been a few things i havent been able to find. i bought this to help with character design and art ideas. the illustrations are very nicely done and simple, with informational text on the side. But i'm not sure i'd justify the price for this, seems way too expensive for a compiled reference book. they seem very protective of their book lol. order from the warehouse for a slight discount! mine came barely damaged.
I ordered this book from seller Cloudtail India and their packaging wasn't upto the mark. It's an expensive book and it was just put in an amazon plastic bag without any type of cover to protect it. Coming to the book itself, It has quite a lot of information when it comes to fashion details, styles and silhouette but there's no explanation for some of the things. For example they've given a flat for bias cut skirt (I've attached the photo of that) but there's nothing given to explain the 45° grainline cut. Any inexperienced person wouldn't get that. Also, silhouette and line page, A Line and X line silhouette literally looks the same. There's no way you can tell them apart. There are quite a few faults and wrong names given for the styles. I'm a fresher in the industry so I'm finding some things that are new but any experienced designer already knows all this. Might be good for a fashion student. Will give this 3/5.
This is a great visual reference if you just want to match pictures and words. I would give it a five if it offered a little more content. "Encycolpedia" derives from the Greek enkuklios paideia ‘all-round education’. This book doesn't offer any education beyond word-picture lists. This is less a critique of the publisher than a warning to the buyer.
The inside of the book is really useful, but my copy has arrived with the cover upside down! I would have liked to exchange it for a regular right sized up copy but for some reason Amazon is not offering me that option online, just an exchange for a different item or a refund. I'll most likely contact them directly about this. I dont know if this is a freak incident or a batch of the books have been made wrong - the cover actually has a real label on it so it has glued on upside down rather than printed that way.
The book is very good but it is more on the technical site. It would have been great if it was a little bigger in size. If you consider buying it as a gift be wary since it may not be well received (due to too much technical info).