This Free book features women and mens fashion designs from all over the world.

It contains a visual list of tools, textiles, and wearable designs, both past and present. 

Each term in this full color fashion glossary is accompanied by crisp, clear, color image. 

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The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style

by Judee Shipman



BOURDON LACE: A machine-made lace, sometimes constructed with a scroll design. 

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BOURETTE: A plied yarn with nubs of another color. 

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BOWLER HAT: A hard felt hat with a rounded crown, also known as a derby. Shown below, a mens fashion show featuring bowler hats. 

Above image credit: menstylefashion.com

BOW TIE: A man's short necktie, arranged in circular loops near the shirt collar. 

Above image credit: sachinluthra.com

BOX COAT: A straight, unfitted overcoat of rectangular design. Popular in both women's and mens fashion designs. 

Above image credit: Johnlewis.com

BOXER SHORTS: A type of mens briefs that extend part way down the leg. 

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BOY SHORT: In women's or mens fashion, a style of brief or bikini swimsuit that covers the hips and upper thigh. 

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BRANDENBURG COAT: A loose, cuffed overcoat where the sleeves and body are made from a single piece of fabric. This design was most popular in the late 17th century. 

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BRETON HAT: A peaked cap traditionally worn by sailors. 

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BRIDAL WEAR: Any clothes and accessories associated with a wedding. 

Shown below, the contemporary 2019 bridal fashions of designer Justin Alexander. 

Above image credit: fashionreverie.com

BROADCLOTH: A densely woven cotton cloth created with crosswise ribbing. 

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BROCADE: A thick fabric of silk or rayon, often featuring a raised floral pattern. 

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BROCATELLE: A jacquard fabric typically used for drapes and upholstery, but sometimes used in fashion design, as shown below. 

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BROGAN: A type of boot that was traditionally worn by soldiers, but more recently found its way into women's and mens fashion design. 

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BROOMSTICK SKIRT: A tiered ankle-length skirt with a crinkled effect. 

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BUBBLE SKIRT: A skirt that folds up at the hem and attaches to the inner waistline. Bubble skirts are sometimes stuffed with tulle for a fuller effect. 

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BUBU: A lightweight, flowing robe with wide sleeves, most commonly seen in African women's and mens fashion. 

Above image credit: madailygist.ng

BUCKRAM: A stiff, coarse fabric, often used as an interlining. 

Above image credit: sewingdepot.net

BUCKSKIN: A smooth, heavy fabric, typically made from the hide of a deer. Shown below, Raquel Welch models a beautiful buckskin dress in 1973. 

Above image credit: Franco Rubartelli, photographer


BUFFALO CHECK: A bold check pattern of contrasting colors, typically red and black. 

Above image credit: Pinterest.com

BUNTING: A plain fabric often used to make flags. Also known as banner cloth

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BURKA: A flowing Muslim garment that covers the wearer from head to toe.

Shown below, a collection of mens fashion burkas. 

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BURL: An imperfection in wool. 

Above image credit: ravelry.com

BURLING: The process of removing loose threads from a fabric to give it a smoother texture. Below, a burl sweater in indigo. 

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BURLAP: A coarse, heavy, woven fabric made from plant fibers. Also known as jute

Shown below, a tailored burlap jacket by Jackie Rogers. 

Above image credit: jackierogers.com 

BURN-OUT VELVET: Velvet that is textured by way of the chemical dissolution of some of the fibers. 

Above image credit: eBay.com

BUSTIER: A strapless, form fitting, upper body lingerie garment, typically worn by women, but not unheard of in modern mens fashion. 

Above image credit: forever21.com

BUSTLE: A structural attachment to the back of a floor-length dress, in order to accentuate the derriere.

Shown below, a bustle drawn onto a dress for illustrative purposes. 

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BUTA: A Persian motif featuring a flowering plant with a curling bud. 

Above image credit: Pinterest.com

BUTCHER'S LINEN: A heavy, durable linen fabric most commonly used for making aprons and table cloths. 

Above image credit: Pinterest.com

BUTTONHOLE STITCH: A stitching technique most often used to reinforce buttonholes, but also used as a design element in appliqu├ęs and embroidery. 

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BUZZCUT: A very short hairstyle that sticks straight up, created by using electric clippers. The buzzcut is a popular mens fashion statement.  

Below, Brad Pitt sports the perfect buzzcut. 

Above image credit: coolmenhairstyles.com



The Illustrated Glossary of Fabric, Fashion, and Style


Chapter 1 

Chapter 2  

Chapter 3  

Chapter 4  

Chapter 5  (You Are Here) 

Chapter 6  

Chapter 7  

Chapter 8 

Chapter 9 

Chapter 10 

Chapter 11  

Chapter 12  

Chapter 13  

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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