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Cool Couture: Construction Secrets for Runway Style (Singer Studio) Paperback – December 1, 2008
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About the Author
Haberdasher to the stars, Kenneth D. King has designed clothing, home furnishings, and accessories for Elton John, Jim Carrey, and others. He is professor of haute couture at the Fashion Institute of Technology in
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Top Customer Reviews
BUT, if you already own Design Techniques, prepare to be disappointed. When Cool Couture arrived, I dashed upstairs to see if I had mistakenly double ordered the same book. I hadn't.... he just re-used nearly 100 pages of material, including the same contrived photos and identical illustrations and text, from his first book. If you do own the first book, I'd give this one two stars, not four or five.
This volume eliminates most of the home dec material from Design Techniques, tho it repeats the tassel instructions. It adds about 70 pages of new material including zippers, some new Equipment and Tools information and a different technique for sheers.
All in all, it is King's brilliant technique, clearly illustrated and photographed (except I hate those dorky poses). But I am really disappointed that nowhere in the reviews I saw prior to ordering it that it is a revised and expanded version of his previous book. In sum, if you don't have Designer Techniques, definitely a book to have for reference. If you do have the older book, you'll want to see if the new material is worth the cost of the new edition for you. Anyone want to buy my old book?
I say without reservation that this volume should be part of every sewists cache of bound expert advice!
Your time and money are well spent with anything Mr. King writes or teaches.
Colleen L. Jones
Senior Technical Designer in the sewing industry.
On the other hand, he (or someone with a lot of influence on the book) has truly truly bad taste in fabric, color, and artistic direction. Unfortunately, I don't use "bad" in the "thought provoking pushing the boundaries of couture" sort of bad. I use "bad" in the sense of red, yellow, and green piping on a navy semi-military jacket with a mandarin collar and gold buttons/button accessories. .. or, "bad" in the sense of a kelly-green herringbone tweed jacket with a reddish/purple/gold brocade looking lining described in the photo as "luxurious". The (very pale) models appear to be addicted to black tights and red lipstick a la a Robert Palmer video (which, according to [...] premiered in 1989). So, it was all quite distracting from what is otherwise an excellent technique book.
Averaging 2 stars for taste with 5 stars for content = 4 stars overall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good seller but I wouldn't buy this book again nor recommend it. It's no better than any other and certainly not couture.Published 20 days ago by Karen Reichter
"Couture" is one thing, but the few photos of finished garments in this book make me question the author's style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nerdbliss
Kenneth King's constructions are always wonderful, not useful for sewing something in a hurry. But beautiful in directions and pictures.Published 3 months ago by R. Stephenson
The author's taste is very odd. Given the abundance of sewing books out there you can do better.Published 5 months ago by NYer
Pretty pictures but mostly nuts and bolts of how to do it! Great.Published 8 months ago by Marianne Stringfellow
This is an amazing book. The techniques are very good. The best part is the pictures of the lovely clothing made by Kenneth King.Published 14 months ago by Deed