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The Grand Fashion Designer Resource List!

February 21, 2015

Last updated: March 3, 2015

Hello everyone!  So I’ve realized as I’ve been working on my Fashion Collection How-To tutorials, I’ve been growing my resource list.  Of course I’ll still continue to put them at the end of each How-To, but I figured it would be good to start creating a grand list to come back and edit.  It’s a little easier for people to find pertinent info rather than having to sift through the entire how-to in order to get to the resource list.

I’m not certain yet, but I’m sure I’ll create several resource lists for different occasions (like, costuming/cosplay may have other, more relevant links than say this Fashion Designer list).

If you come across this blog in your searches and notice that I’m lacking a really good source, please feel free to email me at and I would absolutely love to add it to this list! 🙂





    • Tahmasebi, Sha. Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators.  ISBN: 978-1438070490
    • Watanabe, Naoki.  Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques.  ISBN: 978-1592535569
    • Hagen, Kathryn. Fashion Illustration for Designers (2nd Edition).  ISBN: 978-0135015575
    • Szkutnicka, Basia.  Flats: Technical Drawing for Fashion (Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles).  ISBN: 978-1856696180
    • Drudi, Elisabetta; Paci, Tiziana.  Figure Drawing for Fashion Design.  ISBN: 978-9054961505
    • Park, Aeran.  Workbook for the Fashion Designer.  The Complete Guide to Fashion Illustration.  ISBN:978-0132675819
    • Calderin, Jay. The Fashion Design Reference Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day  ISBN: 978-1-59253-850-8
    • Tortora, Phyllis G.  Survey of Historic Costume A History of Western Dress.  ISBN: 978-1563678066
    • Leach, Robert.  The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design.  ISBN: 978-0500290354
    • Volpintesta, Laura.  The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know.  ISBN: 978-1592538218
    • Martin, Marcarena.  Field Guide: How to be a Fashion Designer.  ISBN: 978-1592534913
    • Genova, Aneta.  Accessory Design.  ISBN: 978-1563679261
    • Steen, Camille; Lee, Jaeil.  Technical Sourcebook for Designers.  ISBN: 978-1609018566
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Patternmaking for Fashion Design (5th Edition).  ISBN: 978-0136069348
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Draping for Apparel Design.  ISBN: 978-1609012403
    • Amaden-Crawford, Connie. The Art of Fashion Draping.  ISBN: 978-1609012274
    • Kershaw, Gareth.  Pattern Cutting for Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1780673196
    • Kiisel, Karolyn.  Draping: The Complete Course.  ISBN: 978-1780672861
    • Kim, Injoo.  Patternmaking for Menswear: Classic to Contemporary.  ISBN: 978-1609019440
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Juniors, Misses and Women.  ISBN: 978-1563673283
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1563673290

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Influential Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier

February 15th, 2015

Influencial Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier

April 4th, 1952 – Present



(Taken from  You can read more there)

Jean-Paul Gaultier is a French fashion designer born on April 24, 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. At age 18, he joined the house of Pierre Cardin before moving on to Jacques Esterel and Patou. The debut of Gaultier’s own collection was in 1976, but he did not officially launch his own design house until 1982. His style is known to challenge standard views of fashion. He collaborated with Madonna in 1990 to create her infamous conical bras. In 2003, he became head designer at Hermes where he worked until 2011. Diet Coke appointed Gaultier as its new creative director in 2012.


Gaultier continues to expand his business in new directions, adding several new fragrances and launching a children’s clothing line. He has also become a favorite for many celebrities, including Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. Kidman wore one of his dresses to accept the Best Actress honors at the 2003 Academy Awards. Cotillard dressed in Gaultier for her Oscar win in 2008 as well. Continuing to work behind the scenes, Gaultier has created more designs for stage and film. He created the costumes for Kylie Minogue’s X Tour in 2008 and for filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education (2004) and The Skin I Live In (2011).

Also in 2011, Gaultier ended his relationship with Hermés. Puig, a Spanish perfume and fashion giant, bought a 60 percent stake in his company in May. He told WWD that he was “thrilled” with the sale. “They are buying Gaultier for Gaultier, not to turn it into something else.”



Well, for one, Jean Paul Gaultier was the costume designer for Fifth Element.  If you haven’t seen that movie, you are seriously missing out.

He was also not afraid to use unconventional models for his exhibitions.  Gaultier used older men, full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and played around with traditional gender roles.

(I hope by the next few designers I’ll have a better idea on how to better articulate why I think they’re so awesome….)

I enjoy his use of color and mixed materials to create looks that are unexpected or a different take on conventional looks.



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