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Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Fashion Designers [Paperback]

Steven Faerm
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March 1 2010
A widely-recognized fashion design teacher presents a series of step-by-step tutorials and exercises, and offers students extensive advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the glamorous fashion design industry. The book opens with an overview of the principles of fashion design, a survey of the industry's history and its key designers, and a description of today's markets and customers. The tutorials that follow instruct in designing sportswear, tailored garments for wear to business careers, denim/activewear, cocktail and evening wear, children's clothing, men's garments, and accessories. The author also advises on creating and presenting a fashion portfolio, and on "selling" oneself in a job interview. His several discussions with some of the industry's leading professionals give students valuable insights on how to create and develop one's own original collection. Fashion Design Course is a fine introduction for students, dressmakers, and all others aspiring to careers in this dynamic and rewarding industry. More than 450 how-to color illustrations.

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"Packed with color and variety, this is a fine pick for a wide range of collections."
--The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Steven Faerm is the B.F.A. Director of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He is also the author of 200 Projects to Get You Into Fashion and Design, a title in Barron's Aspire Series.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Those Who Can Do Can't Teach April 5 2013
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Fashion Design Course

As it happened, I ordered FASHION DESIGN COURSE by Steven Faerm before I examined The Smith book on FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, and I submitted my opinion on the former before I examined the latter. It corroborates my conclusion that this spate of beautifully laid out, medium format books in soft covers are unorganized snippets of pretty dreams without practical value for wannabees. The information is given like master to apprentice, but it does not inform outside the context of the atelier. However, since I am buying these books for reference, I did find my only useful information in Mr. Faerm's essay.

If I were qualified to write a book for aspirers who want to find a livelihood by designing clothing, I should begin when the inhabitants of Eden realized they did not have enough hair to cover themselves from cold and shame. Once the knife was invented to take the fur from hairier animals, and the needle invented to improve insulation and appearance, designing duds became the second oldest profession; the most primitive savages go ape over personal adornment. As civilization found more materials, such as cotton, linen, and hemp, and technology developed spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing, and people became specialized by occupation, the palette of design elements grew. The importance of this paragraph is that every advance in couturie was made to serve a purpose with the means available. Purpose and available means are the driving force for design, not imagination. So, a course in designing threads must begin with learning the purpose served by the way clothing is conceived and fabricated. Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 28 2014
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This book is very helpful. This is a perfect book for people who want to learn more about the fashion industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information and illustrations Dec 26 2010
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This is a thorough book covering all aspects of fashion design. It covers the different markets within the fashion industry from designer to budget, describes the design process, gives information about a variety of textiles along with fabric photos, describes the difference between woven and knit fabrics and clothing, covers technical design and flat sketching along with examples of flats, provides over a dozen assignments/exercises that enhance creativity and aid the development of a collection, gives resume writing tips and portfolio creation suggestions along with actual portfolio examples, and it ends with interview transcripts of industry professionals. There are inspiring fashion illustration and collections throughout the book to complement the text.

This would be a great resource for those entering fashion schools to get an overview of what's ahead and after graduation for a solid review of the lessons learned in college and to prepare for the career ahead.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever! Oct. 15 2010
By kimi - Published on Amazon.com
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if you go to parsons as a fashion major, you MUST BUY THIS BOOK!!
the author is the director of parsons bfa, and all the assignments that you will have in parsons are talked about in this book.
IT IS VERY HELPFUL !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a magazine Jan. 2 2011
By Melina - Published on Amazon.com
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If you read fashion magazines then you are going to enjoy this book tremendously. FULL COLOR, Straight to the point concise yet powerful information. It is a book that you gives you inspiration and shows you how to think and plan like a fashion designer. It gives you a brief timeline of important designers from 1910 to present included on the list is Proenza Schouler (Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCoullough who went to Parsons)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Planned and Executed May 22 2010
By Ocean Sparkle - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book, full of great information, photos and illustrations on fabrics and fashion design. Very logical and enjoyable.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with color and variety, this is a fine pick for a wide range of collections June 16 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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FASHION DESIGN COURSE is a fine pick for any collection strong in the basic principles and practices of fashion design. It offers step-by-step tutorials, exercises, and interviews with industry professional to each how to create a personal fashion design collection, surveying texture, mood and detail and offering keys to creating a design portfolio to highlight design skills. Packed with color and variety, this is a fine pick for a wide range of collections.
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