Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Basics Fashion Design 01: Research and Design

October 02, 2008 | Comments: 0 | Views: 142

I had been doing costume and fashion design for some time now but a recent project which I was asked to work on had me running down to the nearest bookstore to brush up on fashion research and design. Nothing beats a shark in our lives to wake us up and push us to the edge of our comfy lives. This universal truth has never been more alive than that day when I got that scary project. It's scary because I have never worked on that kind of project before and new materials and new construction demands for some level of expertise and specialization on these things.

I was very fortunate to ransack through the thick and intimidating volumes on fashion in the big city book shop and I came face to face with this seemingly unassuming reference book by Simon Seivewright, "Research and Design". I was immediately drawn to it and was captivated by its meaty and no-nonsense contents and yet the small volume, all of its 175 pages including the index and resource pages, was not only packed with a systematic and street-smart advice on the what and why of research and where to find research but also how to compile your research, the three-dimensional approaches to research, designing from research and finally communicating your ideas. Voila! Truly small but terrible. It seemed like all the wisdom from Edith Head's long years as a respected costume designer in Hollywood or the life's work and words from an iconic fashion style guru was encapsulated in that small but definitive work by Mr. Seivewright. What clinched it all for me was the engaging way that the book was laid out. The format is clear and crisp with marvelous photos of creative works by designers that best embodied the design or research principle being featured. Most fascinating is the quotable quotes that both aimed to inspire and stretch the imagination of the readers.

I find this book most helpful in establishing research as the backbone to the fundamental success of any design-related project with focus on fashion. And it has done this very successfully with not only a systematic approach but also a creative format that would appeal to the young designers who grew up in a multi-media and internet-savvy environment. The powerful visuals and the quotable quotes would both inspire and add to the imagination of the fashion student and expert alike.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:






















Finding and collecting vintage comic books for fun and profit is something that is interesting, but can be difficult. With so many places to look, narrowing down the options can be painstaking, until

By: Jorge Orduna l Book Reviews > Comics Humor l July 07, 2012 lViews: 286

Action packed story that reads like you are there in person. Lieutenant Commander Andrew Carlson was a U.S. Navy Seal. He was as rough and tough as they come. He was part of a mission to be inserted

By: Cy Hilterman l Book Reviews > Mysteries Thrillers l July 06, 2012 lViews: 278

"Look Me In The Eye, If You Dare!" Okay, all of You "Internet Millionaire Moguls," I want some answers, and I want them now.

By: Travis L Perkins l Book Reviews > Internet Marketing l June 29, 2012 lViews: 310

Crush it is a great "How to" book on using social media and being real with yourself on what you do. Gary is very passionate about what he does. The key to his success is blending who he is with what

By: Joe Mosed l Book Reviews > Internet Marketing l June 29, 2012 lViews: 547

My resolution this year was to knuckle down and do something to bring in some new clients for my practice, so I was pleased to see that Internet Marketing Bible for Accountants looked like it might

By: Karen K Jefferson l Book Reviews > Internet Marketing l June 29, 2012 lViews: 296

When promoting your business online, are you using internet marketing? If you have yet to spread your branches into the online world, you ought to consider doing so.

By: Joyce McNeill Christopher l Book Reviews > Internet Marketing l June 29, 2012 lViews: 281

We all have the potential to become stars in the workplace. Years ago I read a great book called "How to be a Star at Work" by Robert E. Kelley. This book continues to be one of my favorite career

By: Linda Cattelanl Book Reviews > Careersl June 12, 2012 lViews: 185

The Federal Resume format utilizes keywords within the format of the resume. Understanding how to use keywords to enhance your resume is the most important factors to success in job hunting in

By: Shadeed Q. Eleazerl Book Reviews > Careersl May 29, 2012 lViews: 209

The federal government is the largest employer in the United States. More than 2,700,000 employees work for the federal government in civil service positions.

By: Shadeed Q. Eleazerl Book Reviews > Careersl May 25, 2012 lViews: 180

Military Transition for IT Professionals Are you currently working as an IT Specialist in the Armed Forces and planning to leave your military career?  Wondering what to do next?

By: Shadeed Q. Eleazerl Book Reviews > Careersl May 25, 2012 lViews: 160

I was doing great. Two beautiful children, a doting nanny to raise them. A newly purchased Victorian home within ear shot of Lake Michigan. A career that seemed to be going nowhere but up. Sadly

By: Crystal J Casavantl Book Reviews > Careersl May 15, 2012 lViews: 177

"Getting a job is like parking, you have to be at the right place at the right time." This is very true in the 21st century and not so true in the past for getting a job. When this book arrived I was

By: Jacqueline Ann Paulsonl Book Reviews > Careersl April 22, 2012 lViews: 190

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus