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Design principles, construction techniques, and professional practices for aspiring designers and start-up businesses.
A detailed introduction for fashion design students to the growing market sector of accessory and footwear design. A comprehensive overview of the design process takes students through the fundamental principles of research, design, and development. Explains the core techniques and processes, specialist terminology, and tools of the trade. Opens with a general section explaining fashion design principles and processes common to all categories Follows with chapters dedicated to handbags, footwear, hats, and small leather goods A concluding chapter describes courses, careers, and trade fairs
Jane Schaffer studied at the London College of Fashion, after which she was apprenticed to Philip Somerville--milliner at the time to the Queen and Princess Diana. She subsequently moved on to create her own label, making and designing hats for emerging new talents. She now teaches at the London College of Fashion and has developed several successful accessory courses.
Sue Saunders is the footwear Subject Leader and B.A. Course Director for Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion. For over 20 years she worked as an in-house shoe designer. Her shoes appear frequently in leading fashion publications, including Vogue.
This information-packed book introduces design students to an important segment of the fashion industry, focusing on the growing market sector that encompasses accessories and footwear. The authors present a detailed overview of their subject, examining both the creative and technical aspects of accessory design, presentation, and marketing. They discuss basic principles and techniques of research, design, and development, translate the industry's specialist terminology into terms students and outsiders can understand, and describe tools of the trade. Following their general overview and introduction to fashion design, the authors devote a separate chapter to the each of the specific accessories: handbags, footwear, hats, belts, gloves, and small leather items. A concluding chapter describes typical courses available to career-bound students, lists trade fairs, and recommends career paths for students to pursue. Hundreds of color illustrations are both attractive and instructive.
About the Author
Jane Schaffer has for many years made and designed hats under her own label. She now teaches at the London College of Fashion, having previously undertaken a variety of freelance and consultancy projects. Sue Saunders is the leading teacher of footware design at the London College of Fashion, and specialist tutor for M.A. footware at the Royal College of Art in London. Her shoes appear frequently in leading fashion publications, including Vogue.