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Leather Fashion Design

Francesca Sterlacci


Leather Fashion Design is a practical, how-to book about making garments from leather, suede and similar materials. It covers everything from what to look for in choosing a skin to work with, through pattern-cutting, sewing techniques and finishing.

The book starts with a showcase of leather apparel spanning time, but concentrating on the twentieth century. Interim chapters include examples of leather apparel at its finest as well as clear step-by-step illustrations of how to make various types of garment. The final chapter includes working with ‘leather-like’ materials including ultrasuede and faux patent leather.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, and including a comprehensive resources section listing relevant organizations, publications and other information, this book will be invaluable for both students and professionals.

Francesca Sterlacci is currently President of the University of Fashion, an educational fashion video series, and is on the faculty of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Previously at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she was Chairperson of the Fashion Design department and taught at their affiliate schools in Italy, the Philippines and China. She is the creator of the Leather Apparel Certificate Program, the Haute Couture Program and the Outerwear and Performance Apparel Program at FIT. Before that, she founded her own design company and sold at prestigious stores including Henri Bendel, Saks, Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, to name a few. An author and regularly quoted fashion expert, she has also worked for large designers in Paris, Milan, London, Singapore, India, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Leather Fashion Design – Table of Contents

Leather Fashion Design – Test Bank

Leather Fashion Design – Answer Key

Leather Fashion Design – Tips for Creating a Mood Board

Leather Fashion Design – Tips for Cutting Leather

Leather Fashion Design – Tips for Design Inspiration

Leather Fashion Design – Tips for Merchandising Your Collection

Leather Fashion Design – Tips for Planning Your Design

Leather Fashion Design – Tips for Proper Leather Garment Care

Leather Fashion Design – Tips on Purchasing Skins