Long since regarded as an inessential object that simply adds to the beauty, convenience or effectiveness of an outfit, accessories are now considered key items in a fashion collection and as stand-alone pieces worthy of our undivided attention. Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories is filled with important information that any designer will need to know, examining four key items from concept to production: the bag, footwear, jewellery and millinery. The key accessories are dissected to clearly display the core components, giving a clear view of how each connects. The design process is explored by looking at creative product development, from gathering research to generating ideas into key products, construction techniques and the essential tools of the trade used in modern accessories design. 2D pattern and 3D modelling techniques are described in detail with explanations of traditional and rapid prototyping tools in use today. Bespoke and commercial production is examined and creative solutions to technical challenges are presented.
Designing Accessories also explores specialist finishing techniques, such as hand-finishing and machine embellishment and contains descriptions of contemporary techniques that break new boundaries in accessories design. A detailed explanation of small accessories, essential to the accessories designer, will broaden the reader's knowledge and provide them with the dexterity of skills to enter the fashion industry. This title is filled with images of beautiful accessories to inspire young designers. It is essential reading for fashion students and all those interested in accessories design. The book also includes a whole chapter on small accessories (eyewear, scarves, ties, wristwatches, belts and gloves).
John Lau graduated with a first class honours in Womenswear Design from the London College of Fashion and has an MA in Enterprise. John has worked in various roles within the fashion industry and has experience as a fashion stylist and writer for Loaded magazine and the Chinese edition of Vogue. He continues to have an active role in fashion as a consultant for retail, branding, production and distribution.
John has helped new brands develop their creative and business direction both in the UK, Hong Kong and China; such as working with Krizia to launch a new range specific to the Chinese mar
Chapter 1: Anatomy of an accessory What is an accessory? The bag Footwear Jewellery Industry perspective: Georgina Martin Millinery Industry perspective: Philip Treacy Design task 1: Developing an accessories library Chapter 2: Creative product development The design process Doing research Types of research Trend forecasting Collaborative partnerships Idea generation Presentation techniques Market levels Developing a range Industry perspective: Scott Wilson Portfolio presentation Design task 2: Single board development Industry perspective: Stephen Jones Chapter 3: Construction techniques Building on tradition Essential tools of the trade Industry perspective: Arnoldo][Battois Exploring construction techniques Prototyping Industry perspective: Beatrix Ong Chapter 4: Materials Natural fibres and fabrics Natural skins Industry perspective: Bill Amberg Natural metals and stones New developments Industry perspective: Marloes ten Bhomer Chapter 5: Finishes Hand embellishments Machine embellishments Contemporary finishing techniques Industry perspective: Michelle Lowe-Holder Design task 3: Developing finishing techniques Industry perspective: Justin Smith Esq. Chapter 6: Small accessories Eyewear Scarves Ties Wristwatches Belts Gloves Design task 4: Sustainable design Industry perspective: Claire Goldsmith Industry perspective: Christina Brodie
The lavish colour photographs on each page and the clear language make the book a delight to read ... [It] will appeal to readers interested in becoming fashion designers (or making accessories for themselves), to experienced designers and to anyone interested in fashion. TRC Accessories play a key role within style and the fashion industry, and this book allows students at the beginning of their creative journey to identify with the accessory, from the moment of inspiration through to the practicalities of production. It provides an insightful and inspirational foundation about accessories and their key fundamentals to those pursuing a career within the fashion design industry. Georgina Hooper, University of Chichester, UK Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories is a vibrant, modern and highly informative teaching aid. The volume demonstrates not only the importance of accessory design to the fashion industry, but also formative design and production methods. Techniques ranging from traditional craft skills to innovation methods are conveyed through an engaging and visually creative format. This is an essential read for students studying within the full spectrum of fashion-related education. Mal Burkinshaw, Edinburgh College of Art, UK This is an impressive book - informative, inspiring and imaginative. It provides a solid foundation for starting design students interested in working within this growing market. The mixture of contemporary case studies, information on technology, manufacture and creative product development are all underpinned by fascinating insights into the history and heritage of accessory design, making this book an essential for any Fashion, Textiles or Product Design student. It is the ideal platform for students to go on to develop their own creative ideas. Jane Stanton, University of Derby, UK
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Exploring the Design and Construction of Bags, Shoes, Hats and Jewellery
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