2nd Edition

Elinor Renfrew and Colin Renfrew

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FEB 25, 2016
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Paperback 9782940496730

For Instructors

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Please note that exam/inspection copies and instructor resources are only available to instructors and faculty staff at recognized institutions.

What's in the book

The Book

Fully updated with new interviews and inspiring images, the 2nd edition of Developing a Fashion Collection covers everything the fashion student needs to know before designing their own collections.

Developing a Fashion Collection focuses on the process of designing a collection, and explores different types of research, fabric sourcing, the key roles within a design team and the many sources of inspiration available to designers. Different market levels from ready-to-wear to online shopping are covered in-depth, and are given real-world context through insightful interviews with practising contemporary designers. Collections for niche markets, including knitwear, childrenswear and footwear are also discussed.

The 2nd edition of Developing a Fashion Collection features interviews with high-profile international contemporary fashion designers, including Sister by Sibling, Holly Fulton, Todd Lynn, thefuturelaboratory, People Tree, Leutton Postle and Insley & Nash.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What is a collection?; How to start a collection; Market research; Inspiration; Development; Fabric sourcing; Forecasting trends; Archiving; Editing collections; The team; Showing the collections
Interviews for chapter 1; Martin Raymond; Shelley Fox; Holly Fulton; Todd Lynn; Richard Nicoll; Felipe Rojas Llanos

Chapter 2: Collections and their influences;
Background; Historical; Cultural; Conceptual; Functional; Political; Futuristic; Artistic
Interviews for chapter 2; Fiona Stuart ; Louis Amendola; Dr Noki; Katie Greenyer; Sophie Hulme; Kenneth Mackenzie; Will Broome

Chapter 3: Designing for different markets; Haute couture; Ready to wear; Designer labels; Luxury brands; Designer collaborations; High street; Developing high street collections; On-line shopping
Interviews for chapter 3; Giles Deacon; Sibling; Colin McNair; Gordon Richardson; John Mooney

Chapter 4: Specialist collections; Childrenswear; Knitwear; Active sportswear; Corporate wear; Footwear; Bags and accessories
Interviews for chapter 4; Eva Karayiannis (Caramel); Jenny Leutton (Leutton Postle); Charli Cohen; Tracy Mulligan; Nicholas Kirkwood; Oliver Ruuger

Chapter 5: The student collection; The brief; Your portfolio; Research and development; Presentation

Featured designers
Shops and markets
Fashion weeks, trade shows and fabric fairs
Fashion journals, museums and blogs
Acknowledgements and picture credits

About The Authors

Elinor Renfrew is Associate Head of the Design School and Director for Fashion at Kingston University, UK and a member of the Graduate Fashion Week and British Fashion Council Steering Committees.

Colin Renfrew is Pro Vice Chancellor Dean at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

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