Book Review: Fashion Design Essentials: 100 Principals Of Fashion Design

Fashion Design EssentialsTitle: Fashion Design Essentials: 100 Principals Of Fashion Design
Author: Jay Calderin
Source/Format: Library Borrowed; Hardcover
Genre: Nonfiction, Fashion
Publisher/ Release date: Rockport Publishers; July 1, 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Creative ideas are elevated by experience and expertise. This book sets forth a challenge to fashion designers: continue to expand your horizons, exercise your skills and experiment with strategies. Filled with inspiring fashion design details from around the world, Fashion Design Essentials supplies a selection of starting points for fashion designers of all levels, as well as a wide variety of useful examples for each stage of the design process.
Inside, you'll find insight on:
- How to define concepts and render them
- Understanding textiles and the process of selecting fabrics
- Developing sewing skills and constructing garments
- How to build a reputation and find an audience for your work
All 100 insights are beautifully illustrated with real-world fashion designs. If your creativity has staggered or stalled, the variety of subjects in this book will provide new ways to jumpstart it and refocus. Learn to employ alternative ways of thinking and actively pursue experiences that stimulate artistry with Fashion Design Essentials.

My Thoughts

Fashion Design Essentials: 100 Principals of Fashion Design by Jay Calderin is a pretty good starting book, especially if you’re new to fashion. I can’t say that this is the most in-depth book, but it does provide a nice introduction to each of the subjects that were included.

On a personal level I can’t say this book was exactly for me, the reason being is that I’m not exactly new to fashion. But if I was, I’d say that the subjects mentioned would definitely prompt me look into each element further. One positive of the book was that some of the subjects mentioned are things that I didn’t think about before –like taking into consideration how all ages affect fashion. 

Over all Fashion Design Essentials: 100 Principals of Fashion Design was a pretty good book for people new or curious about fashion.

I like it.