Author: Fashionary Team
Publishers: Fashionary International LTD
Cover: Hard Cover
Now, this is what you call the ‘ULTIMATE fashion bible.’ Covering all the technical terms from style and material, from production methods to creating a final garment, this has not failed to provide me with the rich and extensive knowledge that I need to encompass. At the same time, it is so simple to read and use.
I am always on the search for the correct terms when describing style names, descriptions, parts and construction, and when you get it wrong, or can’t remember the name of a piece, trying to navigate the information can be so stressful and time-consuming. For fashion, it’s not easy to access the specific technical term that you need; it becomes manageable and quick to find with Fashionpedia.
With a navigation bar, context, glossary, and an acknowledgments page, every chapter is listed on the front of the book: history and style, apparel, detail, accessories, textile manufacturing, body and beauty, and measurement and care. I have also found the book to be beautifully and visually orientated by taking complex textile information into infographics and artistic charts, making it an enjoyable experience to find what I am searching for.
The beginning of the book guides you through fashion history, silhouettes, and specific styles incorporated with significant world events on a timeline. For example, the book shows fashion events that were swinging in the ’60s, such as Vivienne Westwood creating punk fashion, popular culture like breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Vietnam War, keywords including the Beehive hairstyle and style icons such as Mary Quant.
There are pages full of fashion items and accessorises with their wonderful illustrations and technical terms. If you design textiles, the book provides distinct details surrounding measurements and the fullness of clothing, making this undoubtedly useful. Details are also provided, such as the names of pocket and watch types, bag silhouettes, and every style of hat imaginable (I now know why this is called Fashionpedia.)
When purchasing the book, I wasn’t expecting to find information regarding accessories, makeup, perfumes, hairstyles, body shapes, and head shapes. Although this information isn’t vital for my interests, I like how they have included this as it exceeds my expectations of the book, and certainly lives up to its name.
One thing I have enjoyed reading is the number of additions and feature pages that have proved useful to me. In the textile’s chapter, the pages flood you with the necessary material names for lace and leather types, etc., embellishment and, in particular, the process of organic textiles. I appreciate that the writers included this page because it explores the importance of environmental issues and the life cycle of harmful products. With climate change taking a vital role in society, it’s essential to spread awareness, acknowledging that while fashion is meaningful and necessary for everyone, it has an impact on our future, so we need to stop treating the earth as a never-ending landfill.
Within the manufacturing chapter, the book explores the process from a development schedule, manufacturing terms, packaging to sourcing. I love how illustrations have been used to show what tools to have inside a sewing toolbox and what a design studio and a garment factory looks like, which can inform the imagination. If you’re a student thinking about purchasing this book, these pages are pleasurable to read because the pages act as a fashion library, providing you with insight about the everchanging, exciting industry that clothes have to offer.
It’s not possible to share all the engaging pages and features. It’s long, heavy, and in impeccable detail. And yet, so pleasurable to read that I haven’t seen anything more useful to help me improve my skills and abilities. I have not only given this book five stars, but this has officially become my favourite fashion book. The website https://fashionary.org/products/fashionpedia has launched multiple books about style and how to develop your fashion expertise, so, feel free to explore!
Fashionary, you’re a genius.