How to Create Your Final Collection: A Fashion Student's Handbook

By Mark Atkinson

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  • Paperback
  • 350 illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856698429
  • Published August 2012

Designing a final degree collection is a fashion student’s first chance to approach the reality of the industry. This handbook provides a step-by-step guide to creating this collection, with each chapter exploring a different stage of the project: from understanding the brief and identifying the market to research, development and sampling, through to garment design, range planning, and styling and presentation.

Richly illustrated with 350 colour photographs, the book builds on the skills learnt by students during their degree course and throughout the creation of their capsule collection. The accompanying case studies, featuring inspirational work by fashion students from 18 top fashion schools around the world, illustrate every stage of the process and showcase new talent.

The book will be accompanied by a CD containing 15 additional student case studies.

About the Author

Mark Atkinson began his career working with Katherine Hamnett as an accessory designer before launching his own label, Jean Torry. He has worked as a consultant and designer for a number of fashion brands, as well as lecturing on fashion at Southampton Solent University and Croydon College of Art.

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This text will serve as a constant reference Review by Lisa L. Hayes
'The first book of its kind to encourage independent spirit in the next generation of young designers. This text will serve as a constant reference for fashion students to come.'
Lisa L. Hayes
Professor, Fashion Design
Drexel University (Posted on 12/17/12)

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How to use this book

Your final collection

Chapter 1: The Different Markets for Womenswear
Womenswear's five fashion markets
Specialist markets

Chapter 2: Fashion in Time
Fashion seasons
The design to retail cycle
Trends in fashion
Trend forecasting

Chapter 3: Creative Research
Finalizing your personal brief
Convergent and divergent thinking
The creative process in perspective
Your sketchbook
Sources of inspiration
Finding material
Manipulating material
Choosing your themes and putting together your theme board

Chapter 4: Development and Sampling
Development and sampling
Techniques and media
Pushing the limits
Formulate your concept

Chapter 5: Garment Design and Range Planning
Integrating your garment design
Fabric and first toile/muslin
Range planning in the industry
Range planning your final collection
Finalizing your collection
Developing intuition

Chapter 6: Styling and Presentation
Trends in fashion styling
Your pack shot styling
Your editorial styling
Your show styling

Chapter 7: Portfolio and Diffusion
What is a good portfolio?
Extending your collection: how to diffuse

9 Case Studies

'Both instructive and inspirational ... the guide provides a concise overview of the most important aspects to consider [and is] aimed at focusing students' attention on the underlying principles. It successfully ties in the knowledge you have acquired over the course of your degree and how it relates to the work you will be undertaking as part of your career in the fashion world. ... Provides an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into top fashion students' work'. Dennis Brunner,