Designer's portfolios are their calling card in an increasingly competitive fashion industryâ€”displaying their unique design perspective, skill sets, and creativity. This comprehensive reference prepares students as they begin their fashion design careers. Those already working in the industry or wishing to reenter the job market will also appreciate these new approaches for revising or recreating their portfolios. Each chapter highlights essential skills and techniques to help designers become competitive within their chosen markets. By focusing on both logical and creative solutions, the designer becomes aware of the process of developing the portfolio-from concept through presentation of the finished product.
Lively, eye-popping, full-color examples of portfolios throughout the book
Updates to Chapter 12, "The Digital Portfolio," reflect newest applications and trends for CAD from drawing to preparing digital portfolios
Detailed coverage on portfolio creation for the women's, men's, children's, intimate apparel, and accessories markets
Historical chapter helping students contextualize fashion illustration throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and connecting between past and present
Tips in preparing portfolios appropriate for interviews in various markets and price points in the industry
Interviews with freelance designers in a Q&A format
Checklists, lists of dos and don'ts and helpful hints, exercises, sample résumés, cover letters, as well as designers' art samples
The Portfolio: A Statement of Style
The Design Sketch: A History of Style
Organization and Contents
The Design Journal
Flats and Specs
Men's Wear Presentations
Children's Wear Presentations
Fashion Accessories Presentations
The Digital Portfolio: Creating a Virtual Résumé
The Job Market: Basic Organization of Manufacturing Firms
Résumé and Cover Letter
Organizing Your Job Hunt, Mastering the Interview
The First Job: Building Your Career
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is a Professor of fashion art, design, and history of clothing and has been teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology for over 30 years. In 1999, she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has conducted numerous seminars on historical costume as well as design and product development and has worked in the fashion industry as an illustrator, designer, and consultant, specializing in the designer sportswear, knitwear, and intimate apparel markets. Tain is a member of Fashion Group International (FGI) and the International Apparel and Textile Association (ITAA).