A textbook-style guide to the basics of fashion design, aimed at tween and teen girls.
In this debut fashion textbook, Olinger guides students through the fundamental elements of fashion design and production, using a simple T-shirt as the focus of the lessons. The first section covers the design process, from creating a mood board, which incorporates inspirations and representations, to color selection and initial garment design. In the following sections, the focus shifts to the business side of the fashion industry, as students are led through cost analysis, sustainable production methods, an explanation of margin and retail markup, and marketing. The book concludes with a teachers’ guide that provides further guidance for the book’s hands-on lessons. Exercises throughout the book, such as describing the attributes of an ideal client and understanding the relationship between production volume and unit cost, provide a complementary theoretical framework for the practical activities. Though clearly intended for use in a classroom setting rather than as a stand-alone text, the book has its origins in a class taught by the author, and it seems best suited to teachers who already have a substantial knowledge of the fashion production process. For instance, one exercise asks students to draw conclusions about the nature of cotton harvesting based on a photograph of workers in a cotton field and a photograph of a cotton boll, yet no information is provided that could help either the student or the teacher evaluate those conclusions. Citations and suggestions for further exploration are included in footnotes, but not always effectively: In directing students to a YouTube video, the text instructs them to “Go to www.youtube.com > Forever Tango—A Evaristo Carriego.” The back of the textbook includes a helpful “Guidelines for Teachers” section as well as appendices that recommended additional skills fashion students should pursue in the scientific and technical fields.
A useful, experience-based accompaniment to a fashion class, but less effective as a stand-alone textbook.
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").