Fabric for Fashion: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Fibres

By Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston

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  • Paperback
  • 464 illustrations
  • 208 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856696128
  • Published August 2010

Fashion is a three-dimensional design practice: clothes need to work with bodies that bend and stretch and move. A flat drawing on paper can replicate a body in two dimensions, but it doesn’t take into account the way the fabric will behave on the body. In the fashion industry it is often the fabrics that come first and the design is determined by how the fabrics work, move, feel and look. The most successful fashion designers are those who understand their materials, who match design skill with technical knowledge. This book aims to bridge that gap.

Providing a mix of practical information and the industry vocabulary, this easily navigable reference book will help students gain a clear understanding of how to work with fabrics as an integral component of the fashion design process. The book will visually examine generic fabric types, discuss their characteristics and show how to exploit materials to push the boundaries of design. With stunning colour photographs that show how fashion designers, both past and present, have worked with fabrics, the book’s prime objective is to stimulate creative exploration of the relationship of fabrics to fashion.

About the Author

Clive Hallett is an associate lecturer in design management at The London College of Fashion as well as lecturing at several other fashion colleges. He has worked in the fashion industry since 1972 and has been a freelance design consultant since 1978.

Amanda Johnston is an associate lecturer in design and product development on the BA Fashion Products course at London College of Fashion. She has worked as a freelance design consultant since graduating from Kingston University in 1982. Amanda is also an external assessor for the degree courses at the London Centre for Fashion Studies.

Clive and Amanda have worked together as consultants within the fashion industry since 1982 having collaborated on numerous projects both in the UK and abroad.

Customer Reviews

Visually entertaining yet responsible Review by Francesca Sterlacci
'Fabric for Fashion explores the symbiotic relationship between fashion design and textile technology in a visually entertaining and yet environmentally responsible way. Designers and the fashion curious alike, will marvel while learning about the historical background of a full range of textiles, up to and including, today’s cutting edge fibers; corn, bamboo, soy, kenaf, nettle, abaca and pina. From fiber to finishing and color theory to “intelligent packaging”, this book is the action standard for those who believe that fashion’s impact on the world begins with a socially responsible designer; one that understands the importance of textile biogradability and renewable resources and who uses this knowledge to make intelligent choices in the design process.' (Posted on 12/5/12)

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