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Cocktail Dress

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...During the 1920s, newfound concepts of individuality and a repudiation of the Edwardian matronly ideal of respectable womanhood gave rise to the new phenomenon of the “Drinking Woman,” who dared to enjoy cocktails in mixed company (Clark...
...Known for opulent ornamentation and feminine silhouettes, Oscar de la Renta’s designs epitomize evening glamour and red-carpet-friendly formal gowns as well as cocktail dresses. Born in 1932 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic...
...History and Significance of Black in Clothing According to Jennifer Craik, a professor of cultural studies, the color black has historically been worn because of its symbolic multivalence; its ability to have both positive and negative...
...Tomasz Starzewski was born in 1961 to Polish parents who had emigrated to London in 1946. Both his mother and grandmother worked in the fashion industry and he knew from an early age that he wanted to be a fashion designer; he went...

Garment Support and Structure

Anette Fischer

Anette Fischer is a Senior Lecturer specializing in 3D Development on the BA (Hons) Fashion course at the University of the Creative Arts, Epsom. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kiran Gobin

Kiran Gobin is a creative pattern cutter and a lecturer in Fashion Design at Middlesex University, London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Construction for Fashion Design

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017

Book chapter

...This chapter offers a brief overview of the history of structured garments and introduces you to the materials and techniques that can be used to achieve support.Naturally, a fabric will always hang downwards and, depending on the weight...
...The Collection in Context First shown at London’s Ritz Carlton, and later exhibited at various buyers’ showrooms throughout the country, Zandra Rhodes’s spring/summer 1984 collection cultivated a look meant to be read as “storybook...