101 Things I Learned in Fashion School

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School


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The world of the fashionista is brought to vivid life with 101 introductory lessons on such topics as how a designer anticipates cultural trends and "sees" the fashion consumer, the workings of the fashion calendar, the ways a designer collection is conceived, the manufacture of fabric, fashion illustration, and more.

Illustrated in the distinctly unique packaged style of the bestselling101 THINGS I LEARNED® IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL, this new book on fashion design will be a perfect book for any fashion school wannabe, a recent graduate, or even a seasoned professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446550291
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2010
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 1,255,566
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alfredo Cabrera, who is based in New York City, is an award-winning fashion designer and illustrator. His clients have included Henri Bendel, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Jeans, Xpress, The Limited, Girbaud Jones New York, Nautica, FUBU, Izod and Liz Claiborne.

He is a faculty member at the renowned Parsons Institute / New School for Design.

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101 Things I Learned (TM) in Fashion School

By Cabrera, Alfredo

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ISBN: 9780446550291


Fashion was born in the 12th century.

There are two ways to clothe the human form. In draping, simple pieces of cloth are wrapped around the body, with the excess falling in natural folds. This was the earliest method of making clothing from textiles. However, while draped clothing was traditionally ephemeral—it lost its shape when not in contact with the body—draped clothing today usually has a tailored understructure.

Tailoring dates to the Early European Renaissance of the 12th century, when a celebration of the natural world in science, philosophy, and art brought about a focus on the human form. The draped robe was divided into multiple pieces to more closely fit the body. These pieces evolved into patterns that were used to create multiple garments. The advent of tailoring was thus the birth of fashion.


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