March 3, 2014
Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style
by Laura deCarufel
With clear, confident prose and an encouraging style, Laura deCarufel manages to make the world of fashion sound fun and easy. She begins with the basics (finding your style, learning to see, building a wardrobe), then moves on to design (sketching and sewing). From there, she gives advice about runway shows, models, fashion shoots, stylists and so on. She frames these events as activities that young fashionistas can actually perform, and she makes it all sound doable.
The last chapter lists "essentials" for designers, photographers, stylists, magazines and interns. These items are the basics for every fashion starter kit.
How To Draw Like A Fashion Designer
by Celia Joicey & Dennis Nothdruft
This book provides step-by-step instructions for drawing basic figures and clothing designs, including shoes, hats, and other accessories. The authors also include suggestions for researching ideas, creating a mood board, and building a collection. Interviews with some top designers, Anna Sui and Christian Lacroix among them, round out the book.
Good for learning basic drawing, even for those who want to be a designer.