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Draping: The Complete Course

Draping: The Complete Course

Laurence King Publishing

By Karolyn Kiisel


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Draping is the art of using cotton muslin to create a fashion design directly on a mannequin. It is an essential skill for fashion designers. In this book, Karolyn Kiisel presents a series of step-by-step projects, creating real garments in classic styles, that are designed to develop skills from the most basic to more advanced techniques. Starting with the basics of choosing and preparing the dress form for draping, the book advances through pinning, trimming, and clipping, and creating shape using darts and tucks, to adding volume using pleats and gathers, and handling complex curves. Advanced skills include how to use support elements such as shoulder pads, under layers, and petticoats, and how to handle bias draping. The book culminates with a chapter on improvisational skills. Each skill and technique throughout the book is explained through specially commissioned step-by-step photographs and line drawings that bring the art of creating womenswear in three dimensions to life.

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Size: 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in;
Pages: 320 pp;
1,200 color illustrations
Publication: October 2013
ISBN: 9781780670935
ISBN10: 1780670931
Karolyn Kiisel is a professor in the Fashion Design department at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, and has also taught at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Her fashion designs have been sold internationally, and her costume work has appeared widely on screen and stage.

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