Fashion source book

Kathryn McKelvey

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This output is the result of research which sought to map the relationship between the fashion design process and illustration techniques. It comprises a reference work with over 1750 drawings of garments, accessories and details. The drawings are historical, classical, ethnic or inspirational examples and are described in the extensive glossary. The book was originally published in 1996 but has been completely re-worked using contemporary digital techniques, as described in the preface. The book includes illustration techniques new to a reference book of this nature. It combines dictionary and specification styles and is referenced by companies such as Worth Global Style Network. References are made to fabrication, colour use, period detail and function. This book is the first in a ‘trilogy’ of publications by McKelvey, published by Blackwell, aimed at providing a resource base to begin designing and communicating garments, whether initial ideas, production drawings or promotional illustrations. The 1st Edition was translated into Greek - by Blackwell Publishing in 2005 – ISBN: 960-411-531-6. and the rights were also sold to Australia. This 2nd Edition has sold 1160 since its publication in 2006. Blackwell have now been acquired by John Wiley & Sons, creating the potential for American distribution. McKelvey trained as a fashion designer but her Readership and teaching practice has altered the focus of her research towards the utilisation of digital media to develop and communicate design knowledge. This aligns with her growing pedagogic research interest in the relationships between learning processes and outcomes and the contexts in which they occur, specifically collaborative design project based learning contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9781405126939
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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