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Author: Kiisel, Karolyn


“Draping: the Complete Course” released by Laurence King Publishing, Ltd, London, August, 2013, written by Karolyn Kiisel, has over 550 step by step draping photographs by Sia Aryai. It is a reference and textbook for fashion and costume designers and includes colorful, historical photographs illustrating how modern clothing evolved.

Draping is the art of using fabric to create a fashion design directly on a mannequin. It is an essential skill for fashion designers, as this technique helps to develop a designers’ unique flair or individual style. In this book, Karolyn Kiisel presents a series of step-by-step projects, creating garments from historical sources, those of her own design, contemporary and past designers, and film costumes that are designed to develop skills from the most basic to very advanced techniques.

Starting with the basics of choosing and preparing the dress form for draping, the book advances through pinning, trimming, and clipping, to creating shape and volume using darts, tucks and pleats to handling complex curves of pants and sleeves. Advanced skills include how to use support elements such as shoulder pads, and petticoats, sculpting the shapes of complex coats and jackets, and how to handle bias draping. The book culminates with a chapter on improvisational skills.

Each skill and technique throughout the book is explained through step-by step photographs and line drawings that bring the art of creating womenswear in three dimensions to life.

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