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Fashion Inside Out: Daniel V's Guide to How Style Happens from Inspiration to Runway and Beyond Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
Daniel Vosovic, a winner of Project Runway’s second season, presented a thirteen-piece collection at New York’s Fashion Week in 2006 to glowing reviews. His latest project is chic clothing for the staff of the stylish new hotel chain NYLO; the collection will soon be available at in-hotel boutiques and online. Fans can see those designs and more on the designer’s website, www.danielvosovic.net. He lives in New York City. Michael Turek is a New York-based photographer specializing in commercial and travel editorial photography.
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As with any other profession it all begins with Passion, and to help Daniel express this to all of us he has assembled notables in the industry to share their own thoughts on how their careers have been shaped and the role that hard work and being innovative played in their getting what they wanted.
As someone who is not a designer I read this book with excited interest because it is really a plan that anyone in the creative community can appreciate and use in their own lives. We are all in the business of making the world a better place by what we do, and sometimes we just need that little push to help us get to the next level. If nothing else, FASHION INSIDE OUT will encourage you to keep moving forward, never knowing where the road ahead might lead.
Vosovic writes in an easily understandable style. For instance in the chapter on Execution he likens creating a garment to architectural structures. "In architecture, the base on which a structure is built determins its strength, style and longevity. The same is true for fashion." The chapter than starts with the base (creating an original pattern) to the final build. There is an interview with Ardeana Kirckof to back up the prose as well as tips that sum up the chapter. Sprinkled in between are lots of wonderful pictures! Each chapter is similar and a true delight to read!
I cannot comment on the content of the work since, as I mentioned, I know little of design or sewing. I can say that while the prose was, I thought, sometime flat and sometime a little too "cute," it accomplished its main objective in communicating the design process in a comprehensible, step by step narrative I found easy to understand. At times, it was actually engaging when the tricks behind some of fashion's "illusions" were revealed. Since I am, as I said, a complete ignoramus in this area, the fact that Vosovic came across clearly speaks well of his tutorial skill. So, I would surmise that any beginning fashionistas out there would be wise to pick up a copy.
The photography was, though, I thought, boring and overdone. For the tone of the work, I think a more "mannequin" style of presentation would have been more effective. And although very pretty, I simply was not taken with the photos and did not find them especially memorable. They are assembled well, however, and printed as they are on higher end gloss paper, they make for a very pleasing presentation.
As to the other writings in the book, while Tim Gunn's introduction was, I thought, avuncular and warm, but candid about his industry, I found the other commentaries a complete waste of space and a needless distraction from Vosovic's much more engaging observations about himself and his own efforts to begin his career in fashion. Also, they had the ring of more opinion pieces than the practical advice Vosovic strove for. While the words of the market are, of course, something to heed for anyone who wishes to be a success in this brutal industry, I thought there was something of a rhetorical disconnect I found a little jarring and nothing more careful editing would not have repaired.
But, for the aspiring designer or tailor/seamstress, or just someone who appreciates the illusions "fashion" markets, I think this book would be an excellent investment, and I recommend it accordingly.
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