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Knitwear in Fashion

Sandy Black

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The best in international contemporary knitting, from radical fashion, accessories and costumes to soft furnishings, lighting and gallery installations


From Julien Macdonald's cobweb confections and Lainey Keogh's filigree works of art, through Prada's sophisticated classics with a twist and Missoni's rainbow zigzags and stripes, to Martin Margiela's avant-garde deconstructions and Issey Miyake's revolutionary clothing concept A-POC, today's designers are bringing radical ideas to knitwear design.

Developments in modern technology, a revival of traditional craft skills and a new appreciation of couture workmanship have all ensured knitwear's place at the forefront of fashion. But the innovation is not confined to clothes design. Artists are creating knitted installations for museums and galleries; accessory designers such as Jo Gordon and Hikaru Noguchi use knitting for their imaginative and colorful creations; product designers are capitalizing on the unique visual and light-filtering qualities of knitted fabrics to make remarkable furnishings, lighting and jewelry.

Whether hand-knitted or industrially produced, whimsical or theatrical, ingenious or just plain beautiful, these pieces are all stunning examples of the new vogue in knitting.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 29.7 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 21 February 2005

ISBN: 9780500284018

About the Author

Sandy Black is Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion. She has published widely on fashion, textiles and knitwear design and sustainability, and their intersection with science, technology and craft.