The Fashion Resource Book: Men

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The essential visual sourcebook on men’s fashion; how students and professionals alike can develop a personal aesthetic
Today’s menswear designers must understand the history of fashion to come up with new and innovative ideas. Filled with inspiration for designers and students alike, The Fashion Resource Book: Men is a collection of research essential to the study of men’s fashion.
The book is divided into three sections, each structured as a ...

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Overview

The essential visual sourcebook on men’s fashion; how students and professionals alike can develop a personal aesthetic
Today’s menswear designers must understand the history of fashion to come up with new and innovative ideas. Filled with inspiration for designers and students alike, The Fashion Resource Book: Men is a collection of research essential to the study of men’s fashion.
The book is divided into three sections, each structured as a series of detailed case studies. The first section investigates the research process in the work of such designers as Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, and Yohji Yamamoto, among others. The second section is on research and inspiration, including street style and uniform, and the influence of established companies. The third section presents detailed case studies of particular garments, including parkas, trench coats, and denim jackets.
The follow-up to the hugely successful The Fashion Resource Book, this volume is sure to become required reading in fashion classes and home libraries alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
This follow-up to the Fashion Resource Book is an insightful primer detailing the history of menswear and offering a guide to designing men’s fashion. Industry veteran Leach, who lectures at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, identifies the roots of menswear and the framework within which men’s fashion design has been constrained. The book is divided into three sections, with the first, “The Research Process,” taking a close look at the practices of several quintessential designers: Burberry, Kim Jones (Louis Vuitton), Alexander McQueen, and others. The bulk of the book focuses on “Research and Inspiration,” analyzing street style and pop culture, providing case studies about the design and research practices of labels (Barbour, Levi Strauss, Carhartt, and others) and examining the origins and design of heritage, formal wear, uniform, workwear, sportswear, and avant-garde fashion. In the final section, Leach offers “Garment Biographies” of today’s staples: the trench coat, pea coat, motorcycle jacket, duffle coat, and other items. Leach’s authority on fashion research and design permeates the book, which features striking photographs of vintage and contemporary men’s fashion. This collection is not only dedicated to the roots of menswear but to inspiring the design practices of students and professionals alike. 277 color and 116 b&w illus. (May)
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“If you’re looking to learn more about menswear and its history, The Fashion Resource Book: Men is a great start.”
Choice
“Firmly rooted in the here and now . . . a snapshot of early-21st-century men’s fashion companies and trends. Heavy on the illustrations, which are informative and attractive. . . . Recommended.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500291320
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 957,941
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Leach teaches at the University of Westminster and at Central
Saint Martins in London. He has worked as a designer and in journalism for i-D magazine and others.

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