Two Book Reviews on Knitting and Fashion

Discover two brilliant books on knitting and high fashion, which appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of PieceWork. The first explores the knitting collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum; the second is a resource for those who adore fashion.

Knitting and Fashion

Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft
By Sandy Black
London: V&A Publishing, 2012; distributed by Abrams, New York, New York. Hardcover, 240 pages, $60. ISBN 978-1-851-77559-0.

Drawing primarily on the extensive collection of knitted objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Sandy Black presents the story of knitting from its beginning in the third century to the present day, discussing the people who did it, the techniques—hand and machine—that they developed, and the fashions that resulted. Richly illustrated with photographs of the magnificent objects from the V&A collection, along with paintings, portraits, advertisements, and fashion plates, this meticulously researched book will please any knitter who appreciates knitting’s rich and long history.

—T. J. Blackburn

Knitting and Fashion

The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design
By Robert Leach
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2012. Softcover, 208 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-0-500-29035-4.

In the crowded global fashion business, there is an ever-present craving for the next exciting avenue. In detailed case studies, Robert Leach investigates how experienced designers such as Paul Smith, Comme des Garçons, and Anna Sui research their next path by exploring their sources of inspiration, influences, and techniques. The importance of research for laying a foundation in discovery with the goal of finding a personal identity as a fashion designer, along with technical details such as fabric manipulation, color, and structure, are just some of what is included in this comprehensive analysis of the design development process. More than 440 images, 333 in color, and personal insights from professionals in the field add to the value of this fine reference.

—Kathy Mallo

Read two more great book reviews on knitting and fashion in our blog post “Two Book Reviews on Historical Needlework: Knitting and Fashion.”

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