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Medieval Costume in England and France: The 13th, 14th and by Mary G. Houston

By Mary G. Houston

Conscientiously researched, meticulously precise account of the fashion and building of interval costumes. comprises descriptions and illustrations of royal clothing, complex ecclesiastical costume and vestments, educational and felony clothing, and civilian gown of all sessions. additionally discusses jewellery, armor, textiles, embroidery and hairdressing.

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In the design room, sketches that communicate both mood and detail are most effective. Sketching can be done during various stages of the process. During the initial consultation, ideas may be communicated by sketching in front of the client. When ideas are readily flowing and the parameters for design have been narrowed, sketching with the client is ideal. Immediate input and reaction from the client is valuable. The overall shape of the garment is lightly penciled with long, fluid strokes. As the silhouette takes shape, the pencil strokes become more defined and the details are layered in.

A designer’s muse may be a model, an actress, a client, a historical figure, or anyone else of interest to them. A designer may gain inspiration from a single muse for a collection, a season, or a career. My muse constantly changes. The client becomes my muse. I find my inspiration through the client. The goal is to create a gown complementary to the client’s personality, style, and body type. sketchin g Bridal client Jolie and her mother meeting with me to discuss wedding gown design (BB) Designer and client reviewing gown options and fabric choices (BB) The detailed chart used for recording client measurements (SP) 42 Ideas begin to take shape through pencil put to paper.

The previously mentioned mannequin is key to creating a successful foundation. The structure of the foundation can help sculpt and define a client’s waist and bustline. This inner structure also provides support and encourages good posture. The canvas used is thin yet sturdy and stiff. The thinness prevents bulk. The sturdiness supports the boning and gives control. Cotton plain-weave canvas is responsive to steam and is therefore preferable to canvases of manmade fibers. Paper patterns developed for the cutting and sewing of foundations are well marked and must be very accurate.

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