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Fashion Books

3 Books on my Wish List

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 SketchbookFashion 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
  • accessories
  • layouts
  • men and children sketching

I think this book would become a valuable resource for years to come.

Flats Technical Drawing for Fashion
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

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.

How to use a Fashion Croquis

How to use a Fashion Croquis

A lot of fashion designers cannot draw to save their lives – myself included! So how do they come up with sketches to figure out designs? They use a fashion croquis.

A fashion croquis (pronounced crow-key) is defined as a rough draft or sketch, used to visually describe a fashion model.  Originating in 1805 from the French word, croquer translates to sketch, rough out, literally, to crunch. (1)

There are loads of tutorials and videos you can watch to make your own croquis. Try here, here and here. The main difference you will notice between a croquis and a regular human drawing is the height.  A croquis is typically 9 – 10 heads tall compared to 7 – 8 heads for a real adult.

This is done for purely aesthetic reasons and is what society naturally recognizes as a fashion sketch. Fashion figures are commonly slender with exaggerated long legs.

Excerpt from "Fashion Sketchbook" Bina Abling


The most effective and efficient way to use a croquis is to trace over it while sketching your design. If you have a darkened print or photocopy of a croquis, you’ll be able to focus on the fashion drawing and spend less time drawing in details such as legs and arms.  This method enables you to churn out sketches quickly as your ideas often flow and develop as you go. Sketching an accurate design makes it easier to explain and share your ideas and to understand them in years to come. I’ve included one for you to download and use here.

Download printable here

But, if you really want to treat yourself to a special sketchbook you can’t go past the Fashionary. It’s pages are filled with croquis printed feint enough to not notice once you’ve sketched over the top. So gorgeous!

fashionary a5


So, off you go and sketch to your hearts content!


  1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/croquis
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Sketchbook-Bina-Abling/dp/1609012283/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394603928&sr=1-1&keywords=fashion+sketchbook
  3. http://fashionary.org/womens/

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