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Book Giveaway: “Europe: Rising Fashion Designers”

Europe: Rising Fashion Designers by Patrick Gottelier (Schiffer Publishing, 2013)

Patrick Gottelier’s book, Europe Rising Fashion Designers (Schiffer Publishing, 2013), gives you a closer look at the up-and-coming European designers. Ninety-three students from Europe’s top fashion design schools display their work in 490 colorful photos and illustrations. The reader will find inspiration on every page. Present and emerging trends in European fashion design are explored. Comprehensive information is included regarding what inspired the designers and what types of materials the designers used to create their menswear and womenswear collections. Anyone with an interest in fashion design and design trends will enjoy reading this book.

Most European fashion styles take a couple of seasons to reach the mass market in United States stores. Why do you think new fashion trends begin in Europe? Comment about this topic before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET on April 11, 2014, for a chance to win this fabulous book. The winner be chosen and announced online and via email during the week of April 14, 2014.


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  1. user-3248701 | | #1

    Looks like a great book!

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    user-3046394 | | #2

    that is an interesting question! i need the book to find the answer.

  3. Marty_Marie | | #3

    I think Europeans are more willing to try fashion forward clothing without seeing them on a celeb/mass media. We in America, wait to see fashions on celebrities and media before the trend takes hold

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    andysmom | | #4

    I sure could use a book like this. I am always looking for inspiration and prefer books over looking online. I like all sorts of books since I can always go back for information that is seems to be in all books, even if you didn't catch it at first. I am amazed at how often I go back to the older books. One of my favorites is from the 1940's.

  5. sewmydreams | | #5

    This book looks like a great resource for inspiration. The few times I have traveled to Europe I am always looking into the store windows to see how the fashion/styles differ from the US. In my opinion the clothing is designed for slimmer figures, tends to be flashier in the upscale stores or often has a minimalist appearance. But I suppose that fashion is fashion no matter where you look--it's a designer's attempt to be innovative, creative and different just to sell there brand.

  6. Kenesha | | #6

    I ahve also wondered why high fashion begins in Europe. I don't know the RIGHT answer, but I think it has to be tied to their origins of art. I have been to Europe twice (France and Italy) and the art culture is so historic and important in daily life. Maybe European designers are easily influenced by this and it translates in their designs.

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    wendy_ware | | #7

    This could be the next best thing to
    going there... (to Europe!)

  8. SEGnesa | | #8

    For our first 100 years we relied on England (London) and France (Paris) to drive fashion in the Colonies. We can still take inspiration from them, as inspiration can come from anywhere/anything. And I need all the inspiration I can get!

  9. Widdle | | #9

    Weather/climate has something to do with it. In North America it can be hard to be fashionable under a heavy wool coats or parkas.

  10. Jenhoffman | | #10

    I am working with my 14 year old granddaughter to design a line of clothing for girls her age, as she doesn't like what she sees in stores and is rather conservative when it comes to fashion. I would share this book with her, to inspire her to follow this path and become a young fashion entrepreneur. I have the business background, sewing ability, knowledge of the industry and experience to help her and I'm so proud of her and inspired by her dream and want to support her as much as I can.

  11. sewmydreams | | #11

    European fashion is so different, very avant garde and stylistic. I think they are less into "marketing" fashion to many consumers as in the USA, and are more into creative design for the sake of design.

  12. SewWhatLilly | | #12

    Historically France and other parts of Europe has been the center of fashion for years. You have many different cultures and designers and Europeans are more laid back and tend to be trendier that "US" Americans are more cautious about adopting new styles. That's my take on this question.

  13. GinnySieben | | #13

    Europe was the center for high fashion for centuries after the first settlers came to the Americas. But perhaps with the US fashion industry coming of age, we do not need to look overseas to find high fashion. We have our own fashions that make an American statement and only some European styles ever make it over here after some time. Likewise, some American fashions are adopted in Europe, but only after a while. In Europe it seems to be a status symbol in certain age groups to wear US made clothes. I am not sure that we adopt European fashions for the same reasons, though. Very interesting question.

  14. lokigarden | | #14

    It is always interesting to see what is in the pipeline.

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