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Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories: Exploring the Design and Construction of Bags, Shoes, Hats and Jewellery (Basics Fashion Design)by John Lau
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Long since regarded as inessential objects that simply add to the beauty, convenience or effectiveness of an outfit, accessories are now considered key items in a fashion collection and as standalone pieces worthy of our undivided attention. Designing Accessories is filled with important information that any designer will need to know, examining four key items from concept to production: bags, footwear, jewellery and millinery. These key accessories are dissected to clearly display their core components, giving a clear view of how each connects.
Designing Accessories explores the design process by looking at creative product development, from gathering research to generating ideas into key products, covering everything an accessories designer will need to know to present ideas using techniques established in the industry. This book looks at construction techniques and the essential tools of the trade used in modern accessories design. 2D pattern and 3D modelling techniques are described in detail with explanations of traditional and rapid prototyping in use today. Bespoke and commercial production of the key accessories is examined and creative solutions to technical challenges are presented.
As an accessories designer, understanding how materials are formed, supplied and used is vital and can enhance and provide endless opportunities to the contemporary designer. Natural and synthetic materials crucial to accessories design are therefore clearly described in detail. As specialist finishing techniques make this exciting discipline distinctive, Designing Accessories contains descriptions of contemporary techniques that break new boundaries in accessories design, and hand-finishing and machine embellishment techniques are explored. Finally, a detailed explanation of small accessories, essential to the accessories designer, will broaden the reader’s knowledge and provide them with knowledge of the skills they need to enter the fashion industry.
Designing Accessories is filled with important information that every designer needs to know, examining four key items from concept to production: the bag, footwear, jewelry and millinery. These key accessories are dissected to display their core components, giving a clear view of how each connects.
John Lau explores the design process by looking at creative product development, from gathering research to generating ideas into key products, construction techniques and the essential tools of the trade used in modern accessories design. 2D pattern and 3D modelling techniques are described in detail with explanations of traditional and rapid prototyping tools in use today. Bespoke and commercial production is examined and creative solutions to technical challenges are presented.
Designing Accessories explores contemporary techniques that break new boundaries in accessories design, including hand-finishing and machine embellishment techniques. Finally, a detailed explanation of small accessories, essential to the accessories designer, will provide readers with the skills needed to enter the fashion industry.
About the Author
John Lau graduated with a first class honours in Womenswear Design from the London College of Fashion and has an MA in Enterprise. John has worked in various roles within the fashion industry and has experience as a fashion stylist and writer for Loaded magazine and the Chinese edition of Vogue. He continues to have an active role in fashion as a consultant for retail, branding, production and distribution.
John has helped new brands develop their creative and business direction both in the UK, Hong Kong and China; such as working with Krizia to launch a new range specific to the Chinese market; with Ki, a conceptual fashion brand; and for Georgina Martin Jewellery. With Georgina Martin Jewellery, he has worked with the designer to expand the product range and business strategy to ensure commercial sustainability for the brand. John has also designed a range of eco and ethical bags for educational products. As a consultant, he has worked closely with Accord Industrial and Fast Change Ltd. in China to streamline their sampling and production process, supply chain and distribution into Europe and Japan.
John is currently a Senior Lecturer in International Fashion Business at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, teaching on the Fashion Buying and Clothing Design and Technology programmes. Along with his teaching, John is working towards his PhD, has research interests in international fashion branding and is currently co-authoring and editing two textbooks on fashion buying and fashion merchandising.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: ANATOMY OF AN ACCESSORY
What is an accessory?
Case study: Focus on key industry figure
CHAPTER 2: CREATIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Developing a range and CAD
Case study: Focus on design development
CHAPTER 3: CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES
Essential tools of the trade
Case study: Focus on production techniques
CHAPTER 4: MATERIALS
Case study: Focus on using materials
CHAPTER 5: FINISHES
Case study: Focus on finishing techniques
CHAPTER 6: SMALL ACCESSORIES
Case study: Focus on the accessories industry/careers
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