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Yarn Basics

Lisa Donofrio-Ferrezza and Marilyn Hefferen

Source: Designing a Knitwear Collection. From Inspiration to Finished Garments, 2nd Edition, 2017, Fairchild Books Library

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Yarns are the basic materials of the knitting process. Yarns are made from fibers, which are either staple or filament. Staple fibers are naturally short or cut filament fibers that are spun together to create yarn. Filament fibers are continuous in length. Many types of yarns are available, from natural in raw or regenerated form to manufactured synthetics to blends, making the assortment tremendous. Further improvements in technology and in the manufacturing and processing of fibers have made y

Guy Laroche

Matina Kousidi

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Veronique Leroy

Tory Turk

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

1980s Style: Key Themes and Trends

Jo Turney

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

The 1980s will always be remembered as the decade of power dressing: a time when clothes became big in terms of size and glamour. Shoulders were padded, skirts were fuller, taffettas were crisper, silks exotic, and colors more vivid. Ostentation was the name of the game and bold patterns, from animal prints to architecture-inspired decoration, emphasized scale and luxury. These were frequently inspired by TV shows and glossy magazines. Luxury was also the watchword in daywear, where tweeds and ca

Alaïa, Azzedine

Claire Wilcox

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

By the 1970s, in response to the changing climate in fashion, Alaïa’s focus shifted from custom-made gowns to ready-to-wear for an emerging clientele of young, discerning customers. Toward the end of the decade he designed for Thierry Mugler and produced a group of leather garments for Charles Jourdan. Rejected for being too provocative, they have been kept ever since in Alaïa’s extensive archive. In 1981 he launched his first collection; already favored by the French fashion press, he soon found

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