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The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory

The Creative Use of Fabrics in Design

Gail Baugh


A revised edition of this essential guide to fabric properties, peculiarities and garment-design potential

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Here is the fabric and textile directory that dressmakers and fashion designers everywhere have been waiting for. This book is like having your own personal shopper – able to recommend fabrics to suit the effects you want to achieve, show you how the fabric will perform, and tell you the best ways of using it.

• Organized by function: do you want a fabric for structure, fluidity and movement, added volume, definition or decoration? This book works in such a way that you can view the fabric as the medium from which the garment design can be achieved right from the beginning.

• Each textile in the directory is accompanied by samples of the fabric presented so that its properties come alive, allowing you to really understand how a fabric might behave.

• The chart section at the back of the book includes essential guides to fibre properties, fabric structure and weight, fabric characteristics and end use.

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'This book is definitely one to add to your collection … Highly visual and packed full of information'
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Book Details

Format: Flexibound with flaps

Edition Type: Second revised edition

Size: 23.5 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 29 March 2018

ISBN: 9780500294147

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The Landscape of Textile Design: The Language of Textiles Design; The Designer’s Social Responsibility • 2. The Directory: Achieving the Design Concept; Structure; Fluidity; Expansion; Compression; Ornamentation • 3. Terminology and Resources: Easy Reference Field Guides; Glossary; Socially Responsible Materials; General Resources

About the Author

Gail Baugh has extensive fashion industry experience, particularly in global product development and sourcing for large retail chains. She is currently teaching textiles and merchandising at both San Francisco State University and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.