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21 Apr 2011
Chanel Fabric Palettes

Chanel Fabric Swatches, Spring-Summer 2011. Chanel Fabric Swatches, AW11. When designers are pulling a collection together, there is much visualisation which...

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13 Apr 2011
Placement and Repeat Prints at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, AW11, Paris. When it comes to print designs they generally fall into one of two categories. The...

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08 Apr 2011
Layered Tulle at Dior Couture

Christian Dior, Haute Couture, SS11, Paris. Considering all the controversy surrounding Galliano’s exit from Dior it is worth returning the...

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07 Apr 2011
Metal Hardware at Lanvin

Lanvin, AW11, Paris. There was a beautiful little metal detail in the recent Lanvin collection which I thought was worth...

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04 Apr 2011
Leatherwork at Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe, AW11, Paris. In the recent Junya Watanabe collection there was some great details in the leatherwork which are...

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01 Apr 2011
Shaping Seam Allowance for Corners and Curves

Hermès, AW11, Paris. Constructing a garment is a complex process which goes back and forth between cutting the fabric and...

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31 Mar 2011
Menswear Details at Raf Simons

Raf Simons, Menswear, AW11, Paris. A wonderful teacher once told me that menswear was a careful balancing act between different...

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30 Mar 2011
Gender Buttons

Victorian Dress: Men in Morning Dress from 1840 and Two Women in Visiting Dresses from 1852.  There are some rules...

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28 Mar 2011
Fabrics and Textiles: Houndstooth Check

There have been some interesting examples of late where designers have reinvented traditional prints and textile weaves. At times they...

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25 Mar 2011
Drape: Working on the Stand at Lanvin

Lanvin, AW11, Paris. There are two main approaches that can be taken when converting a design into a 3D object...

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