Friday, May 21, 2010

101 THINGS I LEARNED IN FASHION SCHOOL: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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101 THINGS I LEARNED
IN FASHION SCHOOL

BY ALFREDO CABRERA
WITH MATTHEW FREDERICK



ABOUT THE BOOK:

The world of the fashionista is brought to vivid life with 101 introductory lessons on such topics as how a designer anticipates cultural trends and "sees" the fashion consumer, the workings of the fashion calendar, the ways a designer collection is conceived, the manufacture of fabric, fashion illustration, and more. Illustrated in the distinctly unique packaged style of the bestselling101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL, this new book on fashion design will be a perfect book for any fashion school wannabe, a recent graduate, or even a seasoned professional.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Matthew Frederick is an architect, urban designer, and the author of the bestselling 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (MIT Press, 2007). He has been project architect and consultant for project types from single-family houses to urban master plans, and has been internationally recognized for his work. He began his writing career as the architecture critic for The Harrisburg Patriot-News, the daily newspaper of Pennsylvania's capital city. He has taught at a number of other colleges and has served as a design critic at the University of Utah, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Temple University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He completed co-authorship of four books in the 101 Things I Learned book series, which includes titles in Business, Culinary Arts, Fashion and Film.

Alfredo Cabrera,
who is based in New York City, is an award-winning fashion designer and illustrator. His clients have included Henri Bendel, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Jeans, Xpress, The Limited, Girbaud Jones New York, Nautica, FUBU, Izod and Liz Claiborne.


MY REVIEW:

In another addition to the "101 Series" from Matthew Frederick, 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN FASHION SCHOOL, he worked with Alfredo Cabrera who is an amazingly talented and experienced designer. Their purpose for this book was to help people learn about what it takes to study to be a designer and learn the technical parts to it as most have the creativity already. Creativity problems can be solved in a realistic manner but they still need the tools to do it with and that is much of what this book is about. In learning about fashion design, much is discussed for situations the designers may encounter when really they need more of the hands-on experience. They also need to know what kind of person they are designing for in order to create the outfit that literally and figuratively fits them.

Cabrera also includes some history of design to give the students background to work with. There are so many interesting one to two page "things" discussed that it gives the lay person an inside look at how clothing come to be. I think the section called "If you don't know how the garment you've designed will be made, you haven't designed anything" is so important and somewhat of a revelation. Of course, I watch "Project Runway" so have come to understand how true this is. I once thought that designers just drew pictures for someone to make but I have learned and this book supports it, that you must know how to make the garment in order to understand how it will come together and move with the person and fit. All this is so important as the design industry is very competitive and you must really know what you are doing or you will not make it. As Heidi Klum, hostess of Project Runway tells the aspiring designers, "One day you in, and the next day you are out!". Don't be "out" with fashion design sense when you can read this book and pick up much of what you need.


GIVE
AWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
FASHIONABLE BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!


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32 comments:

Marian said...

I entered the giveaway for "What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life" as well! You can tell I like fashion. :)

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Marian said...

I love fashion, but usually what you see of it is the beautiful and glitzy end product. This book seems to give a glimpse into the work and creativity behind that, so I'd love to read it. Especially since it's by people with experience in the industry.

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iola said...

What I found interesting was the idea of a fashion calendar..who knew but it makes sense . I would love to win this book for my daughter who graduates from high school next year and will be heading to college and studying fashion (she is amazing) and I know it will be a book she will love.
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I think it would be interesting to read about how they discover fashion trends and how they view the consumer.
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traveler said...

Fashion is what we encounter everyday and it has always appealed to me. Whether the styles are suited to me or not it is interesting. This book has so much that it is fascinating. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Christine H said...

I want to win this book so bad. I'll buy it if I don't though, But I'd like rather win it. :)
I've always wanted to start my own clothing line, Because I usually don't like what I find in the stores and I think there's other's out there thinking the same thing so I think this book could give me a hand in learning what more to do. From the review It sounds like it woulsd be a big help.

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Marci J said...

I'd love to learn the ins and outs of the fashion industry - sounds interesting.
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I also entered "What To Wear For The Rest Of Your Life".
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Misusedinnocence said...

I think it's cool that Alfredo has worked for so many designers, especially The Limited.

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Susan said...

My fashion sense is nil. All the years I was in school we had uniforms fso I never paid attention to fashion much or kept up with trends. It work me a few years to learn what worked for me and what to stay away from!

I am fascinated by the creativity of some designers, especially on Fashion Runway. While I would probably never wear the designs, I love seeing the creative process from start to finish.

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