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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

Upcoming exhibitions featuring fashion

The Museum at FIT, NYC

Power ModePower Mode: The Force of Fashion
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
December 10, 2019 - May 9, 2020

Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse
Special Exhibitions Gallery
February 11, 2020 - April 18, 2020

Eleanor Lambert: Empress of Seventh Avenue
FIT Fashion Studies Student Gallery
March 3 - March 28, 2020


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute
In Pursuit of Fashion: the Sandy Schreier Collection

At the Met Fifth Avenue November 27, 2019 - May 17, 2020

Sandy Schreier

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
Contemporary Muslim FashionsContemporary Muslim Fashions

Opening February 28, 2020

Willi Smith: Street Couture
March 13, 2020 - October 25, 2020





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

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