An in-depth look at the structure of apparel—and how to discuss and evaluate that structure. Emphasizes definitive characteristics of apparel structures as an aid in developing verbal precision in describing and then evaluating apparel or apparel components. Examines: apparel fabrics; shaping devices; underlying fabrics; pockets; neckline, sleeve, and waistline treatments; closures; hem treatments; decorative detail; fit and alteration. There's a summary look at technology/research, and the apparel industry in the future. Designed for the fashion merchandising student, practicing professionals in the field, and the apparel consumer who is interested in being able to differentiate among the various price and quality levels available. Illustrated, bibliography.
Important additions in the new edition include more informative photos; sections on technological advances; a discussion of the impact of imports; and the latest technical data including the preparation of closure location.
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Anita M. Stamper
, PhD, is a Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. Her research focuses on costume history, particularly nineteenth-century clothing and appearance in the United States. She is a member of the Costume Society of America (CSA).