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101 Things I Learned ® in Fashion School

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  167 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
The world of the fashionista is brought to vivid life with 101 introductory lessons on such topics as how a designer anticipates cultural trends and "sees" the fashion consumer, the workings of the fashion calendar, the ways a designer collection is conceived, the manufacture of fabric, fashion illustration, and more.

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Hardcover, 212 pages
Published May 20th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 29th 2010)
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May 22, 2010 Angelc rated it really liked it
When I first opened this book, I thought, "Whoa, this is going to be all definitions of fabric weaves and official fashion terms, sounds boring." But then I got about 20 pages in, and I devoured the book in one sitting! Definitely not boring!

Each of the 101 tips had it's own page and an illustration on the opposite page. I liked how quirky quotes, fashion history, useable hints for shopping and dressing, and the aforementioned terms and definitions were all interspersed throughout the book. The
Rase McCray
This is great and more incisive and insightful than the book's length would imply. Further, the format, which favors only a sentence or three about each "thing" compensates for the lack of depth with evocation in spades--a task that is additionally buoyed with clever wordsmithing. There were many times that I was astounded at how the brevity of the content inspired the authors to achieve a crystalline clarity I've never seen before, and those moments make the book easy to recommend. It was defin ...more
Denise Link
May 13, 2010 Denise Link rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This little book has shelf appeal--I imagine it near the checkout at the bookstore or as part of a display in perhaps the gift shop of a museum of fashion. It's the kind of book someone might buy to give a high school graduate who plans to go to college or art school for fashion design.

Inside, the format of the book offers a line drawing on each left page and a paragraph or two of fashion school "wisdom" on the right. Things like "Rules for the traditional man's suit," with instructions about f
May 10, 2010 bethanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any fashionista and fashion school student
Recommended to bethanne by: goodreads!
Full disclosure: I won this book from Goodreads' Firstreads giveaways and I was really surprised that I got this book (as opposed to the books I entered for that were the Cooking School and Film School books), but I am glad that I got this book! This is part of a series called "101 Things I Learned...." in which 101 tidbits, facts, and lessons are presented from various trade schools. This one deals with fashion school. And for those who are hip to the designer labels and Project Runway would no ...more
May 12, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, first-reads
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which I won through First Reads. I entered for it because I make my own knit garments (sometimes) and want to start sewing clothes, too (someday), but the title and book description both imply that the book is JUST for fashion students. After reading it, I can say that pretty much anyone with an interest in fashion would like it well enough. It is a really, really fast read though - 101 pages long, with each page containing either a small paragraph or som ...more
Ju Zhang
Aug 06, 2014 Ju Zhang rated it really liked it
Concise. One tenth of the pages have great information that you don't learn from FD classes.
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Sep 02, 2011 Violette rated it it was amazing
This book has been so helpful... even if I just bought it last night. I was quite hesitant on buying a book with 202 pages. I bought it anyway though and I really hoped it was worth it. I only scanned through a few pages and they seemed useful and I had a limited allowance. I even asked my sister if I should buy it and she said yes. When I read it, I am sooooo happy I bought this. I just finished reading it. It's like a little handbook that I can always scan through whenever I work with practici ...more
May 28, 2010 Bridget rated it liked it

This book was written for all the diva wannabe's out there. (Like me. Haha.) I don't know a thing about fashion. I like to see other people all decked out in the latest designs, but I am clueless as to what is designer and what is from Walmart. I found a lot of interesting information in this book and I am a couple steps closer to being a fashion queen. So watch out everyone, I'm about to be a star! If you're interested in learning about this topic, this is the perfect book to get you started.
May 14, 2010 Ellin rated it liked it
This was a small book filled with tidbits about the fashion industry. I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it. It was a very quick read. Among the things I learned was that haute couture is protected by French law and in order to use the label "haute couture", one must meet specific criteria such as designing and fitting private clients and presenting at least 35 looks for both day and evening to the French press at least twice a year. Who knew?!
Dec 20, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
This is a cute little book that I received from the Goodreads Giveaways. It had a variety of topics dealing with fashion and sewing, including a little bit of history and the reasons why things are the way they are in clothing. It wasn't something I read front to back, but instead jumped around, switching between topics as they interested me. I think it would make a nice gift for someone who is particularly interested in fashion.
Feb 15, 2015 Lilly rated it it was amazing
Very helpful. So much great information that my mind melted a little bit (information overload).
Sep 10, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
It feels like the author said to his fashion-school buddies, Hey can you guys email me your favorite fashion pet peeve or the quote you have hanging by your desk? And then the author had his student intern throw it in a Word Document and presto. The awkward line drawings hurt. That said, I read the whole thing. I am that hungry for bite-sized information about fashion OR the book is actually not that bad.
Mary Ann
May 11, 2010 Mary Ann rated it liked it
Cute , compact , concise; that about sums up this little book. Great to learn facts about the fashion business for student or lay person. There are ways to help with styling , fabric choices , and creativity with design. A touch of humor and sageness included!
May 15, 2010 Caren rated it it was ok
Shelves: goodreads-winner
Very cute . Each page has a little fun fact, a quote, an image..Simple layout. Young people, who are intrested in fashion design ,should take a look at it.
Oct 27, 2010 John rated it really liked it
I love this series. There's a lot of good stuff on creativity in general, a lot of the specific stuff about clothes hasn't really sunk in.
Kevin Connery
Oct 02, 2011 Kevin Connery rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Short, pithy examples--usually 2-3 paragraphs--but very well done. Recommended.
Jun 24, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
An interesting read. Great for anyone who wants to go into fashion design!
Bianca Woods
Jun 14, 2011 Bianca Woods rated it really liked it
Short, but full of interesting insight on the fashion design process.
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