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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715336185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715336182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Kiper has been a technical designers, forecaster, illustrator, couture designer and professor of fashion. She has worked at both Calvin Klein and Mondi, and now designs for Maggie Norris Couture. She also carries a full teaching schedule at Parson's and FIT in New York, where she lives.

More About the Author

Anna Kiper is a New York City based fashion designer with a passion for illustration. She has worked for companies such as Calvin Klein, Mondi, and Maggie Norris Couture where she dressed Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, and other celebrities for Red Carpet events and magazine covers. Anna is also a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design. Anna's work has been widely published in books and magazines. Her illustrations have been exhibited at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and were showcased at the Museum of the City of New York as part of a presentation on contemporary haute couture.

About my two books:

Fashion Portfolio: Design and Presentation is the complete guide to putting together an attention-grabbing fashion portfolio. A beautiful and practical book that helps readers get inside the designer's mind.

Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique features lessons on illustrating fashion figures, faces, arms, and legs as well as garment details, accessories, fabrics, life model drawing and media exploration. It also has sections dedicated to menswear and children's wear.

Customer Reviews

Very clear and interesting illustrations.
Dianna
Most books I found to be very amateur, this one is art, the drawings are beautiful, it just inspires you to push yourself and go to the next level!!!
LeonaX
Anna Kiper's "Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique" book is brilliant.
Maggie Norris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Singh on February 8, 2011
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Anna Kiper was my first Semester Concepts teacher at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Her illustrations are amazing. What i love about her book is that is shows marker rendering against painting, she makes them look identical. Also, fabric rendering techniques are amazing, really influenced me as a designer. I love her!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Rafailov on April 14, 2011
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I have never seen an illustration book as beautiful as this one and the bonus is the price tag. Anna Kiper is very talented and looking through the book is an absolute delight. If you are an aspiring fashion illustrator or a fashion designer this book is a treat, the most important part is that she makes it so much easier to illustrate difficult things and make them look realistic. Who would think to use a sand paper to create a perfect tweed texture, or use an actual tulle to illustrate one in seconds? Well, she has million of shortcuts like these.

Anna Kiper is my art and design professor at FIT in New York, NY and this book is an exact material that we learn in class, so if you don't have the time to attend her classes, this is the best next thing.

-Milana
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By femihan Elkadi on February 20, 2011
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What a great way to learn rendering! Anna Kiper provides modern day techniques to make beginners learn fashion art with style. Her book is comprehensive and a work of art in itself! I would recommend this book to any one interested in learning about fashion illustration! Great buy!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Scott S. on January 2, 2012
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Although Anna Kiper is a very talented illustrator and shows very good techniques in her book, I have to say this book is not intended for beginner or anyone who doesn't have much experience in fashion drawing. I like the illustration in the book for the most part. I wished there is more instruction on how to do the techniques step by step instead of showing us all the finished drawing. It's a good book for someone who likes to collect books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Y. Salcedo on February 17, 2012
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This is what Fashion illustration books should be like, inspirational, this book is truly inspirational. Doesn't just teach you simple techniques on how to draw figures but also has amazing and colorful illustrations that just makes you want to seat and start drawing. I love her mix of colors and her soft hand drawings, but more than anything I like the way she play with colors and the mix of media to create textures. I am not sure if this book will be good for a beginner, I am experienced fashion designer and just wanted to brush on my skills because I am updating my portfolio and I haven't being drawing by hand much except always in the computer. But this book takes you straight to the point, kind of assuming you already have some fashion figure background. On the fabric rendering session she just briefly explain what medium she uses but doesn't takes you step by step with demonstrations. But I guess for the price of this book it is well worth it to buy anyway, for any aspiring fashion designer to have for inspiration.

The figure drawing session and flats session as well as dressing the figure I think has a good step by step tutorial. Overall I love this book I am glad I bought it. I wish this book came with DVD showing the author demonstrating drawing and doing some color illustrations, and the use of her different medias to do her illustrations, as well as her great fabric and color rendering, I wouldn't mind paying double. I believe the best part of this book are the color illustrations, even with not so much tutorial on how to do it. I hope that in the future she expands this book in to more color illustrations and fabric color rendering.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ac23 on February 15, 2012
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This book is absolutely wonderful. Anna is an industry expert with over twenty years of experience, this is truly reflected in her work. Her fabric renderings are super detailed, and were very helpful to me. As a fashion design student, I use this book every time I do illustrations for a project because it is so detailed. First of all, I learned a lot about figure drawing, more specifically, how to do faces, hands, and feet, which I am sure more fashion students find challenging at times. This book also includes examples of flats and page layouts, which can also come in handy for design projects.

Overall I must say that this book has helped me a lot. It does take many years of experience to become as good of an illustrator as Anna, looking at some of her techniques can be a great way to practice!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Kume on August 10, 2011
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The cover of this book represents more of the author style then the content.
Let's take a look into the figure croquis proportions presented as being 10 heads. Let's call them 10 cells of one head hight each. Down there it is considered the tip of the toe as the tenth head. So one may understand that the heel is on 9,5 heads level. About the torso, frequently in fashion illustration, it is considered three heads from the chin to the end of torso, or in page 9, it measures 7,8 cm. Considering an usual method, the 7,8 cm - torso plus neck - may be divided in thirds of 2,6 cm. Then it is possible to estimate one third for bust line level and the second third for waistline. So one may imagine another way for this figure division. Taking, say 22 cm hight (original total measurement minus 1cm for hight heel) divided by 2,6 cm as "torso standard head" one gets 8,5 heads. And this proportion is very nice and contemporary. Real people have 7,5 to 8 heads. As illustration teacher I consider clearer for a student if it is just presented a 8,5 head figure with smaller Head in the first top cell.
Further on, the pages present figures in static positions or in moviment, full of grace, beauty and elegance.
The rendering is light, full of air. The tones of blue, violet and green predominat in the illustrations do not make them cold but very pleasant. The step by step of color layering is very clear and helpful. The author shows and proves that different media take to equivalent results. And sometimes some media may even potentialize those illustrations impacts.
The flats deserve a particular mention. They are amazingly pleasant, from the simple pencil skirt to highly elaborated garments. If we had to choose a single keyword it would be richness. Keep far from minimalism!
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