This comprehensive introduction to accessory design gives the aspiring designer an overview of the history of fashion accessories, including a look at important contributions by brands both classic and contemporary. It presents a model for accessory design, from inspiration through manufacturing, and relates that process to the design of handbags and small leather goods, footwear, hats, gloves, belts, neckwear, and pocket squares. For each accessory, the text explains how the designer's creativity can be channeled into the development of styles that enhance a brand's appeal to its target market.
Expansive, full-color art program including 200 sketches and photographs from professional designers
Process-based photos taken in actual manufacturing facilities around the world
Chapter projects for a design studio course allowing students to practice a complete set of accessory design skills
Chapter objectives, profile boxes featuring major designers & companies
Profiles of renowned designers, such as Reed Krakoff and Marie Havens, offering real-life perspective
Appendix with examples of technical packets
A History and Overview of Accessory Design
Highlights in the History of Accessories from Ancient Times to the Present
History of Classic Accessory Companies
Contemporary Accessory Designer Profiles
Basics of Accessory Design
Designing Handbags and Small Leather Goods
Introduction to Handbags
Inspiration and Research for Handbags and Small Leather Goods
Design, Sketching, and Presenting Handbags and Small Leather Goods
Tech Packs and Manufacturing for Handbags and Small Leather Goods
Components and Styles of Footwear
Inspiration, Research, and Design for the Footwear Industry
Sketching, Illustration, and Presentation Techniques for Footwear
Tech Packs and Manufacturing for Footwear
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is an Assistant Professor of Accessory Design at the BFA Fashion Design Department at Parsons School of Design in New York City and has created online accessory design and history of costume classes respectively for The Academy of Art University Online and Drexel University in Philadelphia. She earned her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons and is currently pursuing her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Genova started her career as a clothing designer working in New York City for such brands as for Ralph Lauren and DZ Group and found her passion for accessories in 2003, establishing her own line of high end small leather goods.