Draping : The Complete Course

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Draping - the art of using calico to create womenswear directly on a mannequin - is an essential skill for fashion designers. Through a series of step-by-step projects, designed to develop skills from the most basic to more advanced techniques, this book will guide you in creating both classic and contemporary garments, as well as historical styles and costumes. Draping projects include dresses, corsets and jackets, and highlight key fashion garments such as Audrey Hepburn's dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo jacket.

Starting with the basics of choosing and preparing the mannequin for draping, the book advances through pinning, trimming and clipping, and creating shape using darts and tucks, to adding volume using pleats and gathers, and handling complex curves. Advanced skills include how to use support elements such as shoulder pads, under layers and petticoats, and how to handle bias draping. The book culminates with a chapter on improvisational skills.

Each skill and technique throughout the book is explained with step-by-step photographs and line drawings that bring the art of creating womenswear in three dimensions to life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 220 x 300 x 32mm | 1,795g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1200 colour illustrations
  • 1780672861
  • 9781780672861
  • 58,821

Table of contents

Introduction Tools and Preparation Terminology Part 1: Beginning Draping Chapter 1.1 Draping the Woven Panel Draping Project - Diana of Versailles's garment Chapter 1.2 Dresses Draping Project - Audrey Hepburn's dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's Chapter 1.3 Bustiers Draping Project - Christian Lacroix bustier Part 2: Intermediate Draping Chapter 2.1 Skirts Draping Project - Bill Blass pegged skirt Chapter 2.2 Blouses Draping Project - Bill Blass organza ribbon blouse Chapter 2.3 Pants Draping Project - Nanette Lepore resort pant Chapter 2.4 Draping with Knits Draping Project - Nanette Lepore jersey top Part 3: Advanced Draping Chapter 3.1 Jackets and Coats Draping Project - Rihanna's Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo Chapter 3.2 The Grand Gown Draping Project - Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscars gown Chapter 3.3 Draping on the Bias Draping Project - Jean Harlow's dress in Dinner at Eight Chapter 3.4 Improvisational Draping Draping Project - Vivienne Westwood dress
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About Karolyn Kiisel

Karolyn Kiisel is a professor in the Fashion Design department at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, and taught at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles for twenty years. Her fashion designs have been sold internationally, and her costume work has appeared widely on screen and stage.
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