With London Fashion week coming to an end, it's safe to say we're all still caught up in the stylish buzz. But, though the catwalk will soon be clear, that doesn't mean you have to forget about fashion altogether. Fashion changes on an almost daily basis, but modern fashion is only the tip of the iceberg; there are thousands of years worth of it to look back on, including classic techniques that have been used since long before catwalks even existed. So, if you're feeling particularly appreciative of everything that the world of style has to offer, become a part of it yourself by learning a new skill that will never go out of fashion!
Streamlined Dressmaking (1966)
When it comes to dressmaking, the possibilities are endless. From cute to classy, from kooky to casual, there's no end to what can be created when you know the art of dressmaking - and what better way to begin than with a detailed practical guide? With helpful tips, facts, and information paired with detailed imagery, this book is perfect for anyone wanting to begin making such garments for themselves.
Faces and Figures in Embroidery (1985)
Embroidery is a timeless art, going back thousands of years and still very prevalent in all corners of the fashion world today. With such rich cultural history documented through ancient fashion, this fantastic book on faces and figures in embroidery discusses the endless possibilities of how embroidery can, and continuously has been, utilised as a craft.
Introduction to Needlework (1963)
The craft of needlework can be tricky, and the quality of needlework can make or break a garment. Introduction to Needlework by Winefride M. Bull is a fantastic (and vintage) beginner's guide on getting started with the skill of needlework, aiding you in learning an incredibly useful talent that is not only handy when it comes to fashion designing and clothing creation, but also wear and tear maintenance in general.
Modern Pattern Design (1942)
This book on modern dress design is ideal for anyone truly interested in the techniques and methods used by leading designers across the world. Covering details on how to create your own unique apparel, come up with your own patterns, and produce a garment that's truly unique to your own tastes, you can't go wrong with a book like this if you're someone who enjoys expressing your individuality through your style.
Fashion Drawing (1943)
Or perhaps you have a creative streak when it comes to fashion, but clothing creation in particular isn't for you. That's totally fine. Fashion Drawing by Francis Marshall shows how imagining a vision and creating it with pen and paper is a vital step that needs to be taken when it comes to bringing that vision to life. Not every fashion designer or artist needs to be a natural with a needle and thread, after all!