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

Welcome to the Fashion Design Research Guide!

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

And if you have problems finding what you need, remember to ask us!

EMc/MS March 2020

Textbooks online

Museum Exhibitions Featuring Fashion


The Museum at FIT, NYC: Exhibition highlights online

Although the Museum at FIT is not currently open, they link to many of their programs and exhibitions online.


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)


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute

About Time: Fashion and Duration

At the Met Fifth Avenue October 28, 2020 - February 7, 2021

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