This week the Erika of Notes From My Dressing Table is hosting Fashion Flash! Smart and sassy, Erika has a keen eye for make-up and takes her own amazing photographs. Her giveaway on our Evine Holiday Gift Guide campaign grabbed more than 2000 entries!
Fashion Flash Book Review: The Fashion Design Workbook by Annabel Benilan
Like most women over 50, shopping can feel like a blood sport. Its so hard to find affordable clothing that fits both our bodies and lifestyles. Some of my friends have dreamed about started to design their ownn clothing lines. They are struggling for ways to translate what they want into what they can wear. When I found this workbook in a bookstore in London,s Portobello market, it seemd like the perfect holiday gift for aspiring designers of any age.
The Fashion Design Workbook offers a step by step approach to turning ideas into design. It offers body outlines to allow a would be designer to draw up a concept when they can’t draw a figure. Then it breaks down style into 14 different characteristics eg rock chick, vintage, goth and glamour. It illustrates the key characteristics of each style, fabric and accessories. For example in my favorite style, called Chic, this workbook offers an iconic black dress, Hermes style scarf and a toggle coat. It also shows how to draw argyle patterns and pearls. It even shows how to add texture to an illustration. I really loved the vintage section which showed how to use retro fabrics for coat linings. Great detail!
Fashion Flash Workbook also provides tools to explain to a tailer what you are looking for. I needed a long full skirt but could not even find a picture to show my local seamstress what I wanted. With Fashion Design Workbook. i was able to render a good enough drawing so that she understood the skirt that was living in my head.