Throughout my career I have been approached by many aspiring designers who have asked me how I was able to accomplish such phenomenal success that started from very modest beginnings and no formal education in the fashion industry. And although the formula for success in very complex and multilayered, the fundamental requirements that are necessary for success lie within personal education and development.
I have collected most helpful reading material that I personally used to educate myself at the beginning and throughout my career as a fashion designer. I know that these books will make a huge difference in your ability to start, grow and succeed in your own fashion design business.
Pattern Making Books
It is a great idea for serious fashion entrepreneurs to familiarize yourself with the basics of pattern making. Even if you are not planning to become proficient in drafting your own patterns, understanding the principles will help you in easier creative process of your own designs. Below are just a few excellent books that I found very useful in my career. I recommend purchasing one or two books from the below selection, as very often they complement each other
Fashion Design Basics
Regardless, whether you want to design your own clothes or start a fashion label, designing apparel takes specific skills, creativity and dedication. The following collection of books offers complementary techniques, tools, advise and inspiration to be successful at fashion design right from the start.
Advanced Fashion Design Techniques and Ideas
For those of you who had mastered the basic understanding of pattern making, here is a collection of gorgeous design concepts and pattern making techniques to create a unique collection of contemporary and couture designs. These come with easy to understand pattern making instructions that you can follow yourself or give to your pattern maker.
Custom-Made Design, Couture Techniques and Ideas
This is a collection of books that will educate you on mastering couture design and sewing techniques that will put your one-of-a-kind design studio or bridal fashion design business above the competition.
Textile Printing and Dying Techniques
Original prints and textile arts will give your designs a unique competitive advantage that will position your business above the rest. Just think of success gained by Emilio Pucci, Custo Barcelona, Etro among many other designers who have developed a distinct signature style of prints in their designs.
Plus Size Fashion Design
A must-read collection of books for those who are starting their own plus-size line. Although many of these books are very outdated, the principles that they teach are necessary building block to master this rapidly growing niche. I strongly recommend reading all of the books and adding them to your business library.
The Business of Fashion
This is a MUST-HAVE collection of books that will guide fashion entrepreneurs to succeed in the business side of fashion. Combined, these books will introduce all the necessary tools that are required to succeed in a fashion startup. From all the aspects of manufacturing, brand building, e-comerce, merchandizing, building distribution channels and financing, this collection is an easy to read and follow even for the most creative types.
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