Fashion Resource Book by Robert Leach
Research for Design

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But this is a book that will be used as a reference tool, an educational text, and a delightful source of enlightenment for those who wish to go deeper than the surface of a business that does in fact judge a book by its cover.
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An essential fashion reference for students and professionals alike, organized in a series of detailed case studies

Fashion design is a process of investigating, understanding context, and constantly questioning what you are doing and why. This comprehensive survey presents the work of a wide range of modern and contemporary designers and reveals the innumerable areas of inspiration and research on which they’ve drawn, from historical examples such as Christian Dior’s “New Look” to traditional textiles from around the world, as seen in John Galliano’s Peruvian-inspired collection of 2005. The first part of the book investigates the research process in the work of designers such as Paul Smith, Comme des Garçons, and Anna Sui. The second section covers subjects like vintage and retro, the use of archives, and the influence of art movements such as op art and surrealism. The third part presents case studies of world-famous designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Coco Chanel, to name but a few. 440 illustrations, 333 in color
 

About Robert Leach

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Robert Leach teaches at the University of Westminster and at CentralSaint Martins in London. He has worked as a designer and in journalism fori-D magazine and others. Shelley Fox is Donna Karan Professor of Fashion atParsons in New York.
 
Published September 7, 2012 by Thames & Hudson. 208 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Jeffrey Felner on Sep 07 2012

But this is a book that will be used as a reference tool, an educational text, and a delightful source of enlightenment for those who wish to go deeper than the surface of a business that does in fact judge a book by its cover.

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