Long since regarded as an inessential object that simply adds to the beauty, convenience or effectiveness of an outfit, accessories are now considered key items in a fashion collection and as stand-alone pieces worthy of our undivided attention. "Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories" is filled with important information that any designer will need to know, examining from concept to production four key items: the bag, footwear, jewellery and millinery. The key accessories are dissected to clearly display the core components giving a clear view of how each connects. The book explores specialist finishing techniques such as hand-finishing and machine embellishment and contains descriptions of contemporary techniques that break new boundaries in accessories design. A detailed explanation of small accessories, essential to the accessories designer, will broaden the readers knowledge and provide them with the dexterity of skills to enter the fashion industry.
'Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories is a vibrant, modern and highly informative teaching aid. The volume demonstrates not only the importance of accessory design to the fashion industry, but also formative design and production methods. Techniques ranging from traditional craft skills to innovation methods are conveyed through an engaging and visually creative format. This is an essential read for students studying within the full spectrum of fashion-related education.' - Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion + Director, All Walks Centre of Diversity, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK. 'Accessories play a key role within style and the fashion industry, and this book allows students at the beginning of their creative journey to identify with the accessory, from the moment of inspiration through to the practicalities of production. It provides an insightful and inspirational foundation about accessories and their key fundamentals to those pursuing a career within the fashion design industry.' - Georgina Hooper, University of Chichester, UK. 'This is an impressive book - informative, inspiring and imaginative. It provides a solid foundation for starting design students interested in working within this growing market. The mixture of contemporary case studies, information on technology, manufacture and creative product development are all underpinned by fascinating insights into the history and heritage of accessory design, making this book an essential for any Fashion, Textiles or Product Design student. It is the ideal platform for students to go on to develop their own creative ideas.'- Jane Stanton, Head of Design, University of Derby, UK.