Illustrating Fashion: Concept to Creation Hardcover – 1 Apr 1996
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Based on the assumption that anyone can learn and enjoy fashion illustration Illustrating Fashion-Concept to Creation by renowned fashion artist Steven Stipelman will bring to the beginning fashion artist self confidence and skill by introducing the different step-by-step approaches of drawing the basic fashion figure and by presenting the history of garments combined with drawing techniques. About the author: Steven Stipelman has a professional and teaching career spanning more than thirty years. He has taught hundreds of students and professionals.
About the Author
Steven Stipelman is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and has taught at Parsons School of Design and Marist College. In addition to teaching, Stipelman has worked as a fashion illustrator for Henri Bendel, Estee Lauder, Vogue, and Lord and Taylor. Stipelman also spent 25 years working as a fashion artist for Womens Wear Daily, producing drawings that were highly regarded for their look of effortless elegance. Stipelman has won many awards for his work and has exhibited throughout the United States. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I didn't look through Steven Stipelman's book before because I deemed it boring and uninteresting based on a brief flip through. When I actually sat down to start reading it, it all seemed to make sense. What Mr. Stipelman does that other books on this topic fail to really do is to talk about technique and concepts. He outlines standards for drawing croquis (working sketch) in steps, which is a must because a croquis is a foundation for fashion illustrations and will eventually lead to a final drawing.
He also applies the step by step explanation of how to do different poses and how clothing rests on the body in different ways. A big bonus is that he also provides a historical background wherever he can to each section because each period of time had its own ideal for "the" silhouette or body type. It really just ties in well because you get a broader understanding of fashion's past and its relation to the current ideals of fashion.
Whereas some fashion illustration books merely display pages of illustrations done by the author or professionals in the fashion industry, this book is written and arranged in such a way that you feel you're actually in the classroom being taught one-on-one all that it takes to illustrate fashion effectively and beautifully.
When I recieved it I was pleased to find that it is a well-bound sturdy (text)book that will survive frequent use and reference on my desk. Though there aren't any color drawings or examples (you will have to find another place to learn about painting and such) this a fantastic book that includes everything else. Another reviewer pointed out that all of the drawings in this book are from the author, which is maybe a bit disappointing, but you don't have to look very far to find other books or magazines with examples.
Though these few things are missing, this book has everything that you need to know to draw the fashion figure, especially if you already have some experience with the art media you wish to use.