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Fashion Design: Patternmaking, Grading, Draping, Sewing, Tailoring

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Vogue Patter 1043Use this guide to find resources for apparel design - from patternmaking, grading, and draping to construction,sewing, and tailoring.  There's also a section on historic patterns.

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Fashion design in museum exhibits

►The Museum at FIT, NYC

  Fashion Unraveled detail of 1994 XULY.Bet repurposed brown, yellow, and pink sweater with 3 large brown buttons and pocket

  "Fashion Unraveled will examine the concepts of imperfection and incompletion in fashion.  Garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, will highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. "

   Fashion & Textile History Gallery
   May 25 – November 17, 2018 


► Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, May 10 - October 8,2018


► Brooklyn Museum

David Bowie is, from March 2 - July 15, 2018             Photograph from the album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive


Palais Galliera: Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Margiela / Galliera, 1980-2009, from March 3 - July 15, 2018

For more exhibits, see next page of this guide for a list of Costume and Fashion-related Museums & Collections.


Food for thought: Why museums around the world are celebrating fashion's great rebels, article by Kaat Debo (CNN Style, May 26, 2017)

Chanel - Making the Little Black Jacket

3D gown by Michael Schmidt Studios

Taking place at FIT as part of the Love Your Library series, designer Michael Schmidt & architect Francis Bitonti recently discussed their creation of the world's first fully articulated 3D-printed gown.  Here’s a clip, produced by Michael Schmidt Studios, exlaining how the dress was created.

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