Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book

By Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston

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  • Hardback
  • 50 illustrations
  • 70 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856696692
  • Published August 2010

This easily navigable resource provides over 100 swatches of the most recognised and widely used varieties of fabric, including cottons, silks, wools and linens, to encourage consideration of not just the aesthetic appeal of various fabrics but also their structure, feel and weight. Bound into a hardcover book, with descriptions and contextual illustrations alongside them, the fabrics are in their raw state, before bleaching, dying or finishing, so that their properties can be observed without the distraction of colour or pattern.

With information on fibres, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction and weave comparison, the book will help student fashion designers to make informed textile choices based upon an understanding of raw materials together with the processes that make up a fabric. A useful glossary defines key terminology. The book will be useful for anyone who works with fabrics and is the ideal companion to the Fabric for Fashion book.

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 and yet environmentally 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.'
Francesca Sterlacci, Purvin, New York (Posted on 12/17/12)

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