The book begins by looking at the sketchbooks of past and present designers to see how they developed their signature drawing styles. Then there are sections that show how to create a fashion template or croquis, including fashion proportions and how to turn a stick figure into a full figure; how to draw skirts, pants, jackets, and dresses on your fashion template; and how to develop your own collection, including the creation of complete outfits and seasonal looks. There's a section that looks at the design process from creating a mood board and following a brief to developing a collection as well as a reference section with lists of technical terms, garment styles, and fabric types.
This accessible book provides 'Inspiration' by including interviews with and illustrations by well-known designers such as Zandra Rhodes, Christian Lacroix, and Anna Sui. Drawing basics are covered step-by-step from choosing medium, to sketching a “croquis” (figure shape), to successfully rendering shapes and details. The final section takes readers through the stages utilized by professionals [to create] a fashion collection.
— School Library Journal (online)
More detailed sketching instruction, and short-response interviews with fashion designers such as Anna Sui, and Valentino, target the career minded student.
— School Library Journal
Celia Joicey and Dennish Nothdruft have assembled practical drawing exercises from workshops held at London's Fashion and Textile Museum.
— Woman Around Town
Celia Joicey is Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
Dennis Nothdruft is Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum, where he leads the museum’s series of drawing classes for young people. He lives in London.