Blink Events: ‘Fabric for Fashion’

We were very kindly invited to attend the launch of  a fantastic pair of fashion books at the London College of Fashion last week. “Fabric for Fashion” by Amanda Johnston and Clive Hallett is a ‘must have’ for anyone passionate about fashion textiles and wanting to learn more. Commissioned by publisher Laurence King, the books aim to express core and creative fabric knowledge in an accessible, easily navigable and visually gorgeous format. At “Blink” we are textile obsessives so this book is like all of our Christmases come at once!

We asked Amanda what was the inspiration behind this pair of books-

“The main book is intended to be a comprehensive guide to natural fibres, but also touches on some of the synthetics. It provides the knowledge and vocabulary to allow the student, designer and product developer to make intelligent and informed choices regarding not just the aesthetic and tactile appeal of a fabric, but also to consider the provenance of raw materials and the sustainable implications of those choices.
The partnering swatch book was conceived as a partner to the main book, but may be used on its own. It contains over 100 tactile examples of the most widely recognized fabrics, to encourage a practical familiarity with different fibres, weaves and weights.”

Laurence King Publishing are offering “Blink” readers the chance to get the main book at a discount from their website. Just enter the code ‘FABRIC15’ and you’ll be able to purchase this book for £15, saving £9.95!

The 'Fabric for Fashion' books

both beautiful and informative

The silk page from the 'Fabric for Fashion' swatch book

Amanda, on the far right with her daughter, signs books at the launch

Clive signing books at the launch