Reference Materials

Modern Pattern Design

Modern Pattern Design

By Harriet Pepin

This book teaches you the professional secrets of cutting smart, shapely wearing apparel as employed by our nation’s leading designers. It teaches you how to reproduce those exclusive, glamorous gowns you’ve always wanted — by learning how to cut your own design. It allows you freedom from the limitations of commercial patterns, and teaches you how to add instead your own original ideas.

Fashion Illustration

Fashion Illustration: Gowns & Dresses Inspiration

by Veronica Kemsky
 
This is a must have whether you are a fashion lover, or a professional fashion illustrator. The book includes fundamental knowledge of formal dresses and stages wear, their categories, main forms and common fabrics. Drawing techniques and tips for detail treatment are also given that help enhance the fantastic visual effect of these beautiful clothes. By reading this book, the reader will get useful information in finding the perfect dresses according to occasion, figure, feature and skin tone as well, producing a perfect look in terms of makeup, hairstyle, and accessories. This collection of over 200 brilliant illustrations will be your loyal guide into the wonderful world of formal dresses and stage wears.
Fashioning Fashion

Fashion Illustration: Gowns & Dresses Inspiration

by Sharon Sadako Takeda, Kaye Durland Spilker, John Galliano

“Every detail matters, whether you are telling a story or creating a collection or starting a revolution. Fashioning Fashion takes you through fashion and time with the sumptuous variety of an extraordinary collection. I promise, it cannot fail to inspire you.”
-From the preface by John Galliano

Fabricating Women

Fabricating Women

The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791
by Veronica Kemsky

Winner of the 2002 Berkshire Prize, presented by the Berkshire Conference of Women HistoriansFabricating Women examines the social institution of the seamstresses’ guild in France from the time of Louis XIV to the Revolution. In contrast with previous scholarship on women and gender in the early modern period, Clare Haru Crowston asserts that the rise of the absolute state, with its centralizing and unifying tendencies, could actually increase women’s economic, social, and legal opportunities and allow them to thrive in corporate organizations such as the guild. Yet Crowston also reveals paradoxical consequences of the guild’s success, such as how its growing membership and visibility ultimately fostered an essentialized femininity that was tied to fashion and appearances.

Situating the seamstresses’ guild as both an economic and political institution, Crowston explores in particular its relationship with the all-male tailors’ guild, which had dominated the clothing fabrication trade in France until women challenged this monopoly during the seventeenth century. Combining archival evidence with visual images, technical literature, philosophical treatises, and fashion journals, she also investigates the techniques the seamstresses used to make and sell clothing, how the garments reflected and shaped modern conceptions of femininity, and guild officials’ interactions with royal and municipal authorities. Finally, by offering a revealing portrait of these women’s private lives—explaining, for instance, how many seamstresses went beyond traditional female boundaries by choosing to remain single and establish their own households—Crowston challenges existing ideas about women’s work and family in early modern Europe.


Although clothing lay at the heart of French economic production, social distinction, and cultural identity, Fabricating Women is the first book to investigate this immense and archetypal female guild in depth. It will be welcomed by students and scholars of French and European history, women’s and labor history, fashion and technology, and early modern political economy.