Fashion Resource Book

The Fashion Resource Book

Research for Design

  1. Robert Leach
  2. Foreword by Shelley Fox
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  • ISBN 9780500290354
  • 23.00 x 17.50 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 208pp
  • 440 Illustrations, 333 in colour
  • First published 2012

Fashion design is a process of investigating, researching and constantly questioning what you are doing and why. This book shows students and professional designers how to use visual research to develop a personal aesthetic as a fashion designer in a global industry.

The first section of this comprehensive guide demonstrates the research process underpinning the work of design icons from Coco Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier to Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. It reveals the many different areas 
of inspiration they draw on, from precursors such as Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ to traditional textiles from around the world. 

The second section introduces a wide range of themes that often inform fashion design research, including vintage and retro, the use of archives and the influence of art movements such as op art and surrealism.

A series of detailed case studies investigates the research process in the work of designers such as Paul Smith, Comme des Garçons and Anna Sui, among others. Many visual examples are included and influences are analysed.

Topics include:
• Historical Research • Art as Inspiration • Uniforms • Heritage • World 
Architecture and Fashion • Nature and Science • Denim and Workwear
 • Sportswear • Zeitgeist • Film • Style Icons • Street Style • Concepts
 • Fabric Manipulation • Colour • Structure

Includes a foreword by Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Director of the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program at Parsons The New School for Design, New York.

Robert Leach is a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster as well as an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Leach has been in the fashion business for 30 years, working first as a designer in his own right, then in the fields of styling and journalism for such visionary publications as i-D magazine in its earliest days. He has also worked in television and for advertising campaigns.