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Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide



fabric_for_fashion_coverThe book due to launch in February 2014 is the essential reference on fabric, providing in-depth details of their properties, technologies, terminologies and processes in which to build a complete understanding.

Fashion design is largely 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 bridges that gap by providing a mix of practical information and industry vocabulary, visually examining generic fabric types, discussing the characteristics of fabrics and showing 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. The book is divided into four subsections; Introduction, Animal fibres, Plant fibres, Manmade

fibres and Useful Information, to give a complete rundown of all fabrics, synthetic or natural.

“A confident understanding of fabrics, and the fibres they are composed of, is fundamental to the design process, allowing one to make informed choices rather than arbitrary decisions based upon surface appeal.”

Taken from the Introduction of Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide Clive Hallett has worked in the fashion industry since 1972 and has been a freelance design consultant since 1978. He is a senior lecturer in Fashion Management at Northumbria University. Amanda Johnston teaches on several fashion design courses at London College of Fashion. She has worked as a freelance design  consultant since 1982.


Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide by Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston features 515 illustrations over 272 pages.

Paperback ISBN – 978 1 78067 334 9


Available from February 2014


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