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Iris Apfel: Accidental IconCover Image, The Fashion Designers

Iris Apfel
Harper Design
ISBN 9780062405081
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 45.00
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"I never want to be an old fuddy-duddy; I hold the self-proclaimed record for being the World's Oldest Living Teenager and I intend to keep it that way.”-Iris Apfel. One of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design-and hands down the most vital, witty nonagenarian in the solar system-Iris Apfel is a true original. This contemporary legend, whose authenticity, candor, and infectious energy have earned her fans of all ages worldwide, has now created an entertaining, thought-provoking, visually arresting, and exciting volume that captures her irrepressible joie de vivre. Astute maxims, anecdotes from childhood to the present, essays on style and various subjects-from the decline of manners to risk-taking-fill the book. A bold, highly colorful design that varies from page to page presents a characteristically improvisational pastiche of vibrant images including personal photographs and mementos, images from top international fashion photographers, specially commissioned art by renowned illustrators, and a range of surprising novelties.This is a rare book by a rare bird, indeed.


The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory: The Creative Use of Fabrics in DesignCover Image, The Fashion Designers

Gail Baugh
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500294147
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 45.00
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Here is the fabric and textile directory that dressmakers and fashion designers everywhere have been waiting for. This book is like having your own personal shopper - able to recommend fabrics to suit the effects you want to achieve, show you how the fabric will perform, and tell you the best ways of using it. - Organized by function: do you want a fabric for structure, fluidity and movement, added volume, definition or decoration? This book works in such a way that you can view the fabric as the medium from which the garment design can be achieved right from the beginning. - Each textile in the directory is accompanied by samples of the fabric presented so that its properties come alive, allowing you to really understand how a fabric might behave. - The chart section at the back of the book includes essential guides to fibre properties, fabric structure and weight, fabric characteristics and end use.

Creating Couture EmbellishmentsCover Image, Creating Couture Embellishments

Ellen W. Miller
Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 9781780679488
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 100.00
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Creating Couture Embellishment offers a step-by-step guide to manipulating fabric and making and applying a rich variety of embellishments. Chapters cover fabric-manipulation techniques of pleating, quilting, tucking, ruffling, shirring and smocking, as well as the fabrication and application of feathers, beading, embroidery, flowers, decorative ribbons and bows, bias bindings and piping, fringe, braids and passementerie. The heirloom quality created by the insertion or application of lace is also explored. A comprehensive sourcebook of ideas for the student, professional and home sewer alike.

Suave in Every SituationCover Image, Paris Style Guide

Gonzague Dupleix & Jean-Phillippe Delhomme
Flammarion GQ
ISBN 9782080203090
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 35.00
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A duo of men's fashion and contemporary culture experts present a witty, entertaining account of the modern gentleman through vivid illustrations. Two confirmed men's style specialists have crafted a humorous guide for navigating the perilous waters of modern life. This style bible offers wry and witty advice for every situation imaginable and keys to understanding masculine style a la francaise.

Laying down the law on style and proper decorum for men of the twenty-first century, this volume enlightens the male population with the secrets to becoming a cultured, contemporary gentleman. The ultimate sartorial and etiquette guide, illustrated by Jean-Philippe Delhomme, this book is required reading for men of all ages.

Laser Cutting for Fashion and TextilesCover Image, Laser Cutting

Laura Berens Baker
Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 9781780676173
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 55.00
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Laser cutting is the latest embellishment technique to appear on the catwalk. In this book, Laura Berens Baker provides fourteen inspirational projects that demonstrate how to use laser cutting equipment to produce original designs for garments and accessories. The book explores how to engineer designs and the use of laser technology for upcycling fabrics to replicate traditional finishes as well as developing new ones. Each project is created in Adobe Illustrator and includes step-by-step instructions for creating the design for the laser cutter, followed by instructions for cutting and sewing. Extra material available to download from the Laurence King website includes templates for all the designs. Illustrated with specially commissioned photography, Laser Cutting for Fashion and Textiles offers a unique insight for fashion, textile and accessory designers into how to use this latest technology and provides the skills to develop their own original designs.

Knit: Innovation in Fashion, Art, DesignCover Image, Knit

Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 9781780676173
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 55.00
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Knit is an exciting and dynamic design area, with new technologies opening up a wealth of creative possibilities for designers, as well as innovative uses of traditional techniques. This international showcase features knit in fashion, art and design. The book includes beautiful fashion constructions from designers such as Mark Fast, Christian Wijnants and Sibling. The art section includes Annette Streyl's knitted architectural sculptures and Isobel Berglund's floating installations, as well as public work from guerrilla knitters such as Lauren O'Farrell. Examples of design work include Annette Bugansky's knit-textured ceramics, Claire-Anne O'Brien's knitted furniture and Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's woven play structures.

Sourcing and Selecting Textiles for FashionCover Image, Sourcing and Selecting

Erin Cadigan
Bloombury Publishing
ISBN 9782940496105
Paperback 2013
Price $AU 75.99
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Written with the innovative fashion student in mind, Sourcing and Selecting Textiles for Fashion gives a full overview of the current textile market and shows how to apply this knowledge when creating a fashion collection. Following a brief look at the historical growth of fashion textiles in industry and culture, the book explores the manufacturing, design, sourcing and end-use of fashion textiles. Natural and man-made fibres are discussed along with current woven, knit and non-woven production methods. A variety of industrial and custom surface design techniques including dye, print, embellishment and fabric manipulation are covered. Trend, inspiration, colour, creating the collection and how to enhance design through textile choice and surface design are included. A perspective of current innovation and sustainability is offered in each area.

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