09 Feb 2011
Pattern Making Fundamentals: Understanding Darts

Designer Akira Isogawa in his studio, image from NLA. Whenever you see photographs of designers in their studios you are bound to see rolls of fabric, scissors, pins, sketches… and often these curious looking racks of brown cardboard (to the right of the image above). These are the designers patterns,...

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08 Feb 2011
Mademoiselle Coco Setting Sleeves

Coco Chanel. Sometimes we see photographs of famous designers doing what they were so well known for and it’s nice to understand on a technical level why these images are so iconic.

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07 Feb 2011
Gareth Pugh’s Quilting

Gareth Pugh, SS09, Paris. While quilting sounds like a homely technique akin to patch-working or needlepoint it can actually be used to create architectural structure or add new dimension to flat fabrics.

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02 Feb 2011
Givenchy Couture Unusual Zipper Placements

Givenchy, SS11. On a first look through Givenchy’s recent couture collection the most striking elements are the details in the appliqué and the controlled use of vibrant colour and it is only on closer inspection that you can notice the zips used in the collection. Or especially the unusual placement...

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Colour Blocking Pattern Blocking
01 Feb 2011
Colour Blocking Pattern Blocking

Céline, PF11, Paris. The vibrant colour blocking that was a theme of the Spring Summer 2011 collections has spilled over into some interesting pattern combinations and contrast facings at Celine and Walter Van Beirendonck, and in a more subdued way at Dries Van Noten. Tailoring becomes uncharacteristically playful when these...

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Georgio Armani Invisible Zips
31 Jan 2011
Georgio Armani Prive Invisible Zips

Armani Prive, SS11. Sometimes in the fashion industry zips are used as a feature of a garment (especially when it comes to sportswear) but in the world of sleek futuristic couture nobody wants to know how you got into your garment. At the recent Georgio Armani Prive collection the openings...

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Lanvin Magnetic Closures
30 Jan 2011
Lanvin’s Magnetic Closures

Lanvin, Menswear, AW11. The closure of a garment can sometimes be the all important final touch that will fulfil a fashion designer’s vision. In the case of Lanvin’s recent menswear collection, the streamlined tailoring was sometimes finished with magnetic closures enabling the design team to do away with buttons as...

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