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The Skill of Hems and Other Edge Finishes

Zoya Nudelman

Source: The Art of Couture Sewing, 2nd Edition, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Hems are finished edges of a garment. (Figure 11.1) Without hems, garments can look incomplete and unprofessional. However, hems are not always necessary. Some fabrics don’t ravel and can be used for designs that purposely have a raw edge as a design element.

Valentino

Lauren Bowes

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Valentino, Fall/Winter 1990

Laura Peach

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Valentino’s collection for fall 1990 celebrated the designer’s thirtieth year of working in fashion. The decadent overtones of the looks followed the opulent fashions of the previous decade and the luxury that Valentino had become known for. Gold lamé tiered skirts, jeweled sheer tops, and egret feather bodices all appeared on the runway. Certain looks borrowed motifs from Baccarat crystals, a partnership-type trend that would continue in fashion through the decades to come. Several dresses in th

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