Manufacturing Processes for Textile and Fashion Design Professionals

Rob Thompson, Martin Thompson

An encyclopedic guide featuring over seventy established, emerging, and innovative production techniques and over sixty materials used in textile and fashion design

To be truly prized and employable, textile and fashion designers have to be aware of, and knowledgeable about, a wide range of processes to enable their designs to be manufactured effectively, often thousands of miles from their design studio. This much-needed new reference is the only encyclopedic guide to manufacturing processes and materials that is truly relevant for textile and fashion designers. It is organized into five main parts: fiber and yarn technology; textile technology;  construction technology; life cycle strategies; and materials appendix.

Manufacturing Processes for Textile and Fashion Design Professionals is a complete overview of the life cycle of textile and fashion manufacturing, from the spinning of yarn to recycling. All the processes feature detailed step-by-step case studies showing the process in manufacture at a leading international supplier. The appendix features essential knowledge on over sixty natural and synthetic materials. With around 1,400 specially commissioned photographs and technical illustrations, this is the indispensable, reliable, convenient, and highly accessible practical reference for all textile and fashion designers.


Richly illustrated…This comprehensive guide to the technical aspects of textile and fashion design projects satisfies a pressing information need among design professionals to understand the manufacturing processes of fibers, fabrics, and finishes.

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Rob Thompson


Rob Thompson is an internationally recognized expert on materials for design. He has helped develop a range of products for global clients, including LG Electronics, Panasonic and Nokia, where he was formerly Principal Designer. He has taught at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, London.

Martin Thompson

Photographs By

Martin Thompson has received D&AD, Campaign Press, One Show and British Lion awards for his advertising photography. He has worked on major campaigns, including Volvo, Sainsbury's, Volkswagen, Toyota, Sharwoods and Chivas Regal.