Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories

Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories: Exploring the design and construction of bags, shoes, hats and jewellery

by John Lau

John Lau graduated with a first class honours in womenswear design at London College of Fashion and has a masters in enterprise. John has worked in various roles within the fashion industry and has experience as a fashion stylist and writer for the international magazines Loaded and the Chinese edition of Vogue. He has helped new brands develop their creative and business direction both in the UK, Hong Kong and China, and continues to have an active role in fashion as a consultant for retail, branding, production and distribution. John is currently a Senior Lecturer in International Fashion Business at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching on the Fashion Buying and Clothing Design and Technology programmes. Along with his teaching, John is working towards his PhD and has research interests in international fashion branding and is currently co-authoring and editing two textbooks on fashion buying and fashion merchandising. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fairchild Books, 2012
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    978-2-9404-3972-0 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-1830-6 (online)

    978-2-940411-31-3 (paperback)
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Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories
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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).