Do you keep a wishlist on Amazon? It’s handy to have and I love how Amazon lets you know if any of your selections have dropped or increased in price.
I thought it might be interesting to do a round up of books for aspiring fashion designers and was excited about what was available. I found three, one of which I already own but haven’t read yet. Fashion Sketchbook – Bina Abling
Spiral bound, 496 pages, Available new $91, and used from $63, at Amazon.com
This book takes you through step by step instructions on how to sketch fashion figures by showing you how to translate runway photographs. The fashion archive at the back is particularly helpful for budding fashion designers wanting to learn the correct terminology of garment design features.
Other chapters include –
- fashion figure proportions
- basic figure forms
- garments and details
- men and children sketching
I think this book would become a valuable resource for years to come.
Flats; Technical Drawing For Fashion – Basia Szkutnicka
224 pages. Paperback with CD ROM available new $35 at LaurenceKing.com
This book has caught my eye because it includes information on drawing with Adobe Illustrator – something I hope to teach myself this year. Knowing how to draw up technical flats is important for sharing your design with patternmakers and machinists as they will be looking for specific details and measurements when making the item.
The End of Fashion – Teri Agins
352 pages. Paperback available new $11.93 and used from $5.65, at Amazon.com
The End of Fashion details how fashion has influenced our day to day life throughout the ages and how it’s importance has changed. Designers could no longer afford to design for only the elite, and after the stock market crash of 1987, changes to the fashion business came swiftly. Agins covers how consumers habits shaped the way fashion is today and I’m really hoping to get back to reading this book soon.
So if you’re looking to add some new books to your library these might be worth a look. Be sure to let me know if you own or buy any of these – I’d love to hear your opinions.