Whether you are heading off to University within the next coming Months, or you just feel like a little boost of inspiration, in terms of creative guidance and ideas…this Blog post might be just for you. :). I have been mesmerised with Fashion literature since I was a tiny tot, and still am. These types of books weren’t around as much as they are now, so as soon as I could get my hands on one, it was like finding gold! I would bury my head into them as much as I could, and now, being at the ‘maturing’ age of 23, I wanted to share with you how helpful they can actually be.
Yes, we have the internet where Fashion images and tips & tricks, on how to do this and that are everywhere, however sitting down in the comfort of your own home, or wherever you fancy, with your fairy lights on and a good book in hand…(oh, and also no worries about your laptop battery dying on you)…, I can assure you, that this type of sketching and skill enhancing occasion, can be very therapeutic.
Reading upon Fashion literature, for me, has been an insightful way of improving my creative skills. As most of you lovely readers know, I have had an obsession with drawing, sketching and designing for years and there’s no greater way of trying to better yourself than being shown via an illustration, as well as a detailed description, or a ‘how to’ guide, within a fab book. Most of the books I own, as you can see are predominantly illustration, dimensional and technical based. From an early age I have saved up my pennies and have been bought a variety of these types of books & I have never found them as beneficial as I did, when I headed off to University.
If you’re beginning a Fashion Studies Course, or a similar Art based one, where illustration and technical drawings are a key element within your classes…then I would without a doubt suggest in investing in a number of different books, where you can go to and study from. I find it’s not your usual, pretty boring studying, but it’s a relaxing way of enhancing yourself, your skills and your abilities to draw. Throughout my time at University, despite the Student Loan being a complete saviour when it comes to paying certain bills etc, and I’m sure some people would admit to using it to boost their experience within freshers week etc, but I assure you, that spending your money wisely and budgeting for certain types of Fashion literature are going to be a huggge help to you! Plus you can keep a book forever.
The prices of these books can totally vary and now days, Fashion literature can be rather costly, with some books costing around £50 or more (wowza)! But if you look on websites such as Ebay or Amazon, you are sure to get a good deal. Alternatively, I spent many a day in my local and University Library, where I was able to hire out books for free or I simply spent my time pottering around local carboot sales, as you never know what goodies you may find for around the 50p mark!
It was important for me to understand the fundamentals of sketching and essentially, learning the official terms and words for a certain technique, for example. My biggest obstacle throughout University, was Pattern Cutting…I feel that you have to have more of a logical mind and a deep understanding of measurements, angles and basically Maths, which personally, I think should be drummed into you a lot more, within your lectures! However when you have a class of 60+ and only 1 or two tutors to go around aiding you in a particular area in your two hour class, I found that a good book was just the ticket…predominantly to give you that little bit of boost that you may so desperately need! Especially when deadlines are looming!
I did however, adore sewing, styling and generally illustrating everything…(it’s just what I’ve always done). So with the extra aid of a great Fashion book, your knowledge and inspiration bubbles can literally bloom wonderfully! So, below are just a few of my favourite books, that I feel have helped me a great deal throughout my life so far, and especially within higher Education, although anyone of any age and education level can have a go at delving into these beauties! The below literature is a mix, from some of the best technical drawing books to photographic street style!
Do let me know if you have any Fashion literature favourites and if you’ve managed to find some bargains in the book department! I really hope this has helped some of you a little. Big smiles :), Holly x