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Fashion Design: Inspiration, Illustration, and Tools

Welcome to the Fashion Design: Inspiration, Illustrustration, and Tools Guide!

Use this guide to find resources for the the inspiration and drawing and software tools of apparel design - finding inspiration in images, forecasting, and historical fashion. We've also included resources for fashion illustration and software to help produce fashion sketches, and a section on historic patterns. We have now expanded the old Fashion Design Guide into three specialized guides:

You can find information on all aspects of technical design, that is patternmaking, draping, and pattern drafting on new guide. This guide also includes information on sizing and pattern grading: Technical Apparel Design: Patternmaking, Draping, and Grading Guide.

You can find information on clothing construction methods on the new guide: Clothing Construction, Alterations, and Tailoring Guide.

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

EMc/MS 12/2021

Textbooks online

Museum Exhibitions Featuring Fashion


The Museum at FIT, NYC: Exhibition highlights online

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street August 6, 2021 - November 28, 2021


For more exhibits, see the 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

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

At the Met Fifth Avenue September 18, 2021 - September 5, 2022

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