Today’s featured title is Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary, a handy reference with over 2,000 entries. This isn’t a book you will sit down to read although it is fun to page through but will want to use to spot check any ambiguities you may be experiencing when producing a line. Not sure what someone means when they mention AQL? It’s in there. And sure, you can also look it up in a search engine but then you’ll need to wade through a lot of competing and contradictory information, most of it having nothing to do with the apparel industry.
Is this book the ultimate solution? Nope but it’s a great start. I wish many of my customers had a topical dictionary. You’d be amazed at how many people don’t know what a collar is -for example, a ribbing edge that finishes off a t-shirt neckline is not a collar. And you, like me, probably won’t agree with some of the definitions. For example, greige is defined as “an unfinished fabric that has not yet been bleached or dyed. Generally made of cotton, it is considered an eco-friendly fabric.” The first part is correct but eco-friendly is subject to what amounts to a semantical mine field. Generally though, the definitions are both accurate, sufficiently detailed and descriptive. Another good use for this book would be to gift one to a factory partner abroad because while each party may both speak English, cultural and pragmatic differences remain.
Verdict: this is a handy little book and I’m a bit put out to give it up. Wah! A casual scan of the text shows there are plenty of definitions I don’t know.
Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary by Alex Newman and Zakee Shariff
214 illustrations, 240 pp
Publisher: Laurence King
List: $16.95 (you can get 35% off at Laurence King with promotional code BACKTOSCHOOL13)
Rules to enter today’s giveaway:
Leave a comment mentioning a word that is often mis-attributed or a word you’ve had trouble understanding that crops up frequently.
Since I’m paying for shipping*, this giveaway is limited to US residents. If you live abroad and are willing to pay shipping, you can enter too.
*The publisher has been truly awesome at providing books for giveaways and has paid for shipping in the past but they sent me this book so many months ago that I feel guilty asking them to extend the courtesy. In short, don’t think badly of the publisher.