American fashion is influenced by cultures worldwide. Indian fashion, Chinese fashion, African fashion, and European fashion (to name only a few) are all represented in America. 

This FREE book covers just about everything anyone needs to know about fashions, fabrics, styles, and design.  

Each term in this comprehensive fashion glossary is accompanied by glossy color photo. 

Scroll down for a visual list of fashion design tools of the trade,  textiles, and wearable art, from bygone times to the present day, and from all over the world. 

You may notice that many of the terms in this book are Indian fashion designs, with many others coming from African, European, and other Asian countries. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style

by Judee Shipman



GABARDINE: A tough, tear-resistant fabric, often used for making suits, coats, uniforms, and other garments that require added durability. 

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GALATEA: 1. A durable twill fabric, typically available in white with stripes. Galatea is often used for making children's clothes and uniforms. 

2. Galatea is also the name of a fashion brand in the Philippines.  

Shown below, models present Galatea creations in Shanghai during China Fashion Week. 

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GALLOON: A narrow, ornamental strip of fabric, typically lace, gold, or silver, and often used as trim work on military style uniforms. 

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GAMBESON: A medieval-era defensive jacket with super strong padding. 

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GAMLA BUTI: A textile design motif originally created by an Indian fashion designer.

Gamla Buti depicts an abstract pattern of flowers in a flowerpot. 

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GARTER: A thin elastic strip that attaches to a waistband.

A garter is normally hidden under a dress for holding up stockings, but is sometimes used for decorative effect. 

Shown below, garter belt jeans. 

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GASSED YARN: A yarn that has been heated to remove surface fibers, resulting in a higher quality product with a smoother finish. 

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GAUCHO: Wide-legged pants of mid-calf length, often worn with boots. 

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GAUNTLETS: Protective gloves that extend well beyond the wrist. 

Shown below, a display of Modular Phoenix gauntlets. 

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GAUZE: A sheer, coarse fabric, usually made from cotton or silk.

Gauze is especially popular among Indian fashion designers, for blending with cotton to make saris. 

Shown below, 3 looks from some of India's top fashion designers. 

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GENAPPE YARN: A gassed, worsted Belgian yarn.

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GEORGETTE: A thin-yet-durable woven fabric with a grainy texture. Sometimes used by Indian fashion designers to make saris. 

Shown below, a digitally printed Georgette sari. 

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GHAGHO: A cotton, block printed ladies' dress that originated in Indian fashion circles, but is popular in America today. 

A Ghagho dress is characterized by a roomy fit and a tie closure at the neck. 

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GHAGHRA: A fully flared skirt made from multiple triangles of fabric, fastened with a drawstring around the waist. The ghaghra is popular in Indian fashion. 

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GHANAIAN SMOCK: A loose, striped shirt popularized by men in Ghana, but often worn by women as summer dresses and tops. 

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GHERDAR: A flared garment with an ample skirt. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style


Chapter 1 

Chapter 2  

Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  

Chapter 6  

Chapter 7  

Chapter 8 

Chapter 9 

Chapter 10   

Chapter 11  

Chapter 12  

Chapter 13  (You Are Here) 

Chapter 14 

Chapter 15  

Chapter 16 

Chapter 17 

Chapter 18  

Chapter 19

Chapter 20 

Chapter 21 

Chapter 22  

Chapter 23  

Chapter 24  

Chapter 25  

Chapter 26

Chapter 27  

Chapter 28  

Chapter 29  

Chapter 30  

Chapter 31  

Chapter 32  

Chapter 33   

Chapter 34  

Chapter 35  

Chapter 36  

Chapter 37  

Chapter 38  

Chapter 39  

Chapter 40

Chapter 41


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Yule Log - Chapter One

Yule Log - Chapter Two

Yule Log - Chapter Three

Yule Log - Chapter Four

Yule Log - Chapter Five

Yule Log - Chapter Six

Yule Log - Chapter Seven

Yule Log - Chapter Eight

Yule Log - Chapter Nine

Yule Log - Chapter Ten


Crazy Horse Appearing - Introduction

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 1 

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 2

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 3

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 4

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 5

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 6

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 7

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 8

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 9

Crazy Horse Appearing - Chapter 10

Crazy Horse Appearing - Appendixes


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