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Introduction 1. Menswear Through the Ages Social and Historical Contexts; Sumptuary Laws; Function and Status; Origins of Tailoring; Menswear's Influence on Womenswear; Counter Culture; Exercise: Historical Research for Design Innovation; Interview: Dashing Tweeds 2. Design Research and Inspiration Details; Vintage; Uniforms; Workwear; Street Style; Trends and Forecasting; London Collection Men; Exercise; Interview: Matthew Zorpas, The Gentleman Blogger 3. Tailoring Traditions Tailoring; The Suit; The Sartoralists; British Tailoring; Italian Tailoring; American Tailoring; Shirts; Neck Ties; Exercise: Tailoring for Menswear; Interview: Stowers Bespoke 4. Sportswear, Knit and Print A Brief History of Sportswear; American Influence; Undergarments; Denim; Knit for Menswear; Print for Menswear Exercise: Design for Sportswear Fabrication; Interview: Alan Maleh, Man of the World Magazine 5. Design Development for Menswear Working with Sketchbooks; Fabric Research; Working with Colour; Trimmings; Toiles/Muslins; Collection Development; First Samples; Exercise: Design to Realisation; Interview: Lou Dalton 6. Menswear Presentations Drawing Men; CAD for Menswear; Menswear Illustration; Presentation Formats; Social Media; Exercise: Menswear Portfolio; Interview: Seung Won Hong Conclusion Bibliography Further resources Index Acknowledgements and picture credits

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This extensively updated and beautifully illustrated introduction to menswear addresses the resurgence of interest in menswear among contemporary designers, and includes two completely new chapters on the design development process and design research, complete with exciting new inspirational images, interviews and exercises

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John Hopkins is Head of Fashion and Textiles at Winchester School of Art, UK.


This is a great book, and it's a real textbook that doesn't have irrelevant chapters on grooming and styling - it's all about garment design and nothing else, which is great! It's a book for someone who really wants to learn about how to design, rather than someone who just likes looking at fashion. * Christopher New, Senior Lecturer in Menswear, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK *
This book is unique in its presentation with the brief summary of historical knowledge and the coverage of the historical and social evolution of menswear and how it influenced women's wear. I can't think of any other books that compete with this book. In all design courses, I would recommend this book as a reference. * Injoo Kim, University of Cincinnati, USA *
A particular strength of this book is the coverage of the sumptuary laws. I love that! This is something that is not widely understood. I also like the coverage of military uniforms and the section on Menswear's Influence on Women's Fashion. I think it is a fantastic idea to put a section on undergarments. No one does that. I think this book would be a great book for my class. I would adopt this book and I would make it required. This is a book that covers many aspects of men's clothing and is a 'go-to' for style questions. * Rhonda Gorman, Texas Women's University, USA *
The new edition would be included in the required reading list for all students on the menswear and design courses. The book may be included in the recommended reading list for media type courses. * John Lau, Programme Director, Fashion Design and Technology, London College of Fashion, School of Design and Technology, UK *
This volume would be a good starting point for doing research on menswear, and faculty may find the lists of firms useful in organizing study tours. Libraries supporting any kind of fashion design or clothing construction curriculum should consider purchasing this work. * N.A. Mackey, Missouri State University, Choice, December 2011 *
Extremely good resource. Provides a very good insight into menswear. Most students opt for womenswear and this is encouraging an understanding of the wider options in fashion. -- Cheryl Smith * Newcastle-Under-Lyme College, UK *

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