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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (23 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444335065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444335064
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′A clear and comprehensive guide to working as a freelance designer...truly a warts and all essential guide for aspiring designers′ (Nina Faresin, Emtex Designer Forum)

′A detailed, comprehensive and a very useful reference book for all designers, freelance or otherwise. It is written from the heart by someone who has been on the journey of experience and now wants to help others to have a less painful journey.′  (Angela Peers, Principal Lecturer, Department of Clothing Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University)

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Do You Have the Passion and Creativity for Fashion Design?
Then Why Not Earn a Living From It?

The Freelance Fashion Designer s Handbook is your essential guide to working for yourself and taking control of your career. It covers all the practicalities of being a freelance designer; how to make sure you get paid; how to plan your time; keep up with your accounts and compile technical packages for garments. This is your portable mentor and equips you to work for professional success.

Part 1 covers all the invaluable information to becoming a freelance designer such as creating a basic freelance contract, invoicing, how to find work, tax returns and so much more. All of the advice is supported with case studies from practicing freelance designers.

Part 2 deals with the technical aspects of being a designer including how to compile full technical packages for garments to be manufactured abroad.

  • The only handbook written for freelance fashion designers
  • Examples drawn from within the fashion industry
  • Offers practical guidance with examples of contracts, timesheets and invoices
  • Covers other aspects of working file

The Freelance Fashion Designer s Handbook also includes free online material. There are downloadable templates designed to help you get started, including expenditure and income sheets for your accounts, time sheets to manage your time and size chart templates to aide your designing.

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I've worked full time in the fashion industry for over 10 years and recently made the switch to freelance design last year. I searched high and low for a book geared towards freelance fashion designers only to find those written for graphic designers. And while designers of all classifications find themselves in similar situations, these graphic design books were missing the spot. Luckily I was saved when Paula wrote this handbook specifically for freelance fashion designers. Upon arrival, I read it cover to cover.

The book is divided into two main sections: 1. "Setting up as a Freelance Designer" (in Red) & 2. "Preparing Work for Production" (in Blue).

The first section covered all of the questions that had been mounting since I started my business last year. Insurance needed when working from home, copyright issues, suggested professional fashion design organizations to join in the UK for further help, contract help, traveling with/for a client, working for a difficult client, VAT registration, etc, etc, etc. Much of what was included in this section I had already researched when I started my business but a lot of the information could have prevented several issues I've faced over the last 12 months. Paula also addresses both freelancers who are working as sole traders and those who have formed a limited company, but I was left wanting more advise for those with limited companies. This was the only part I felt was slightly lacking.

The second section is geared more towards individuals who are new to the fashion industry. Researching trends, presenting your work to a client, using CAD software, producing garment specifications, sizing, grading, etc, etc, etc.
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Having worked in the clothing and Textile business for more than 46 years, in my opinion this book is very comprehensive.
Not only does it cover very successfully a complete guide to starting and being a Freelance Designer. It also covers areas such as keeping basic accounts, in relation to costing your work and record keeping, legal areas in dealing with your customers, work sheets, and general guidance on business approach., and acumen , etc.
This could equally apply to other people coming into the clothing business, whether they are involved in management for production, product development, quality control, etc.

It is a well thought through book , with positive advice and can be used as ongoing reference guide.
When I was studying in the 60's for my City & Guilds in Womens Light Clothing, such a publication would have been an excellent addition to the literature available at the time.
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This book gives a wealth of information, covering every imaginable subject relevant to the practice of freelance clothing design. A really useful resource for those new to freelancing and the more experienced.
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HASH(0x9b53e63c) out of 5 stars Must read....Best info for designers in the fashion industry 29 Mar. 2012
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I have bought several books referencing the Fashion Design industry and none if them compare to this book! It is packed with useful information and insite. I wish it had more info relevant to the US industry; but this book is just as valuable without it. The book is s bit on the spendy side, hopefully it will payoff in the weeks to come. Regardless I reccomend this as a great read! Thanks.
HASH(0x9b53e888) out of 5 stars Freelance Fashion Designer's Handbook 5 May 2012
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"I can highly recommend this book to anyone working as, or, thinking of working as a Freelance Fashion Designer. The author covers the really important areas of working freelance which are so vital to ensuring success."
HASH(0x9b53eac8) out of 5 stars Useful Book! 18 Feb. 2016
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Still reading it and it's so detailed. Very useful information.
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not too good
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