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Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Fashion Designers Paperback – Mar 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 edition (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764144235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764144233
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Pawels on 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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By Jeunnesse Jacildo on 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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By Amazon Customer on Nov. 12 2015
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Very Basic introduction to design
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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.
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
best book ever! Oct. 15 2010
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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.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Reads like a magazine Jan. 2 2011
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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)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Well Planned and Executed May 22 2010
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Beautiful book, full of great information, photos and illustrations on fabrics and fashion design. Very logical and enjoyable.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Everything you'll need to know is here! Jan. 5 2014
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Thinking of attending Parsons the New School of Design? Save yourself the $40,000 in student loan debt a year and just buy this book! It has the entire sophomore/junior course syllabus broken down by project almost exactly the same as the students who attend the school are taught. His insight on how to build a winning successful fashion portfolio is exactly on point! After graduating the program, this book is still my go to book whenever I work on improving my portfolio. I also highly recommend his other books as they are also just as helpful. I wish I would have had this book when I was applying for schools because its perfect for anyone thinking of going into the fashion industry as a career.

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