- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Rockport Publishers (February 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592536778
- ISBN-13: 978-1592536771
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fashion Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the History, Language, and Practice of Fashion Hardcover – February 1, 2013
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In 2006 Hussein Chalayan, working with tech innovators 2D:3D, encapsulated eleven decades of fashion in a suite of breathtaking animatronic dresses that morphed from one era into another. Our cover splices together two moments in one such evolution (from Dior to Rabanne) and is meant to evoke fashion's constant referencing and transformation of its history and aesthetic language while looking into the future.
Our book approaches fashion design from the perspective of connectivity. It unfolds how fashion is imagined, produced, and disseminated within larger social, economic, and cultural systems. We have avoided traditional chapters in favor of entries that can be read individually or as part of an entire cycle. To borrow a metaphor from another discipline, we offer this volume as a kind of tasting menu, our suggestions for a progression of morsels to help the reader cultivate an informed and discerning palette.
Given fashion's relentless pace and the speed at which information is now transmitted, predicting its future has become exponentially harder. Nonetheless, it is our hope that both students of fashion and connoisseurs of design will find in these pages a path through the complexity of the industry's operations to the substance behind the style, and along the way, discover the extraordinary practitioners who have fashioned the changing perceptions of the world out of thread and cloth.
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The writing is compelling, the quality and variety of the images are astounding, and the layout is creative. The book takes you through the entire cycle of the ever-changing fashion system—including the clearest breakdown of the operations of haute couture I’ve found—and hits on every topic that you might think of (subcultural styles, fabric manipulation, early fashion plates) and some you wouldn’t—like a cartoon of the fashion cycle from the viewpoint of a dress. I also appreciate the delicate touches such as how the authors present “Working Conditions.”
The final section of the book reveals the fruits of this process with a substantial series of profiles of fashion icons, artisans, and innovators, from giants like Vionnet, McQueen, or Saint Laurent to more off-the-grid creators like Fukuko Ando or Carla Fernández . The writing here is especially lively and really hones in on what makes the work each of these designers matter.
The clear yet creative organization of this reference book would make it ideal as a college textbook that would actually engage students. But it’s so beautiful you’ll want to display it. Within easy reach, of course, because you’ll be picking it up to read again and again.
The book is absolutely chock full of stunning photographs, accomplished prose, gorgeous illustrations, and useful references. This manages to be an exquisite coffee table book, a sophisticated and lively textbook, and an invaluable designer's reference manual all in one.
The organization of this book is particularly fun, fresh, and provocative. It is presented in four primary sections: Fundamentals, Principles, Dissemination, and Practice. Each section is an aesthetic journey spanning time and space, full of delicious surprises. On every page you will discover ravishing visual layout, insightful and informative narrative, and generous images. Open once to find an innovative illustrative spread depicting the life of a garment. Open again to find an electric exhibit of E-Textile Explorations. Open again and again to learn about Innovators, Evolution, Media, and Centers, to name just a few of many subtopics.
Reading the book in order facilitates a constructive learning experience that encourages interaction with the text and images. The progressive evolution of the book provides a practical foundation, then challenges the reader to to see fashion in new ways through the book's widening lenses and narratives.
Finally, this is a valuable reference book for anyone engaged professionally or passionately in fashion. There are heaps of illustrations on topics ranging from historic timelines to sleeve styles to fabrics, and everything in between. I am starting to design my own clothing, and finding this to be an extremely useful resource during the design process.
In summary, it is a breath of fresh air to find a consummate fashion work that is accessible, inventive, and inclusive on so many levels. I recommend this for anyone looking for a cutting edge, comprehensive book on fashion!
Mini-essays with historical photographs map the achievements of fashion luminaries from Dior and Chanel to Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and a host of major stars including Theatre of Fashion icons Alexander McQueen and Kurt Lagerfeld. The ramifying network of international innovators continues with imaginative creations by Ando, Arora, and Cornejo, Margiela, Teng, and Toledo, Miyake and Watanabe, among many others.
Lively descriptions of engaging fashion plates begin with Wenceslaus Hollar in 1639, move through French periodicals like Les Modes Parisiennes and the modern Gazette de Bon Ton, and continue with Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, and W, as well as The Face, I.D., and Visionaire. Elegant and simple American styles from the late 1940s and early 50s are depicted, with casual sportswear combining comfort, versatility, and high visual appeal. Other segments venture into contemporary Emotive Fashion, Techno Couture, and the popular frontiers of Carnaby Street, Hip Hop, Goth, and Japanese Style Tribes.
Beautifully illustrated pages offer fascinating accounts of fashion production, with special sections on stitching, digitizing, grading, cutting, and fabric manipulation, as well as manufacturing and world distribution. Biographical sketches and photographs include the incomparable Jacqueline Kennedy, Daphne Guinness, and Kate Moss.
This unrivalled book offers much more from fashion centers Paris, London, and New York, Milan and Berlin, Sao Paulo and Sidney, to Tokyo, Beijing, and Mumbai.
Comprehensive and innovative, Fashion Design, Referenced is an inspiring landmark book for teachers, students, designers, and all whose creative life embraces the visual arts.