Book review: Fashion School Survival Guide by Ezinma Mbonu
We take a look at Ezinma Mbonu’s new book Fashion School Survival Guide, an essential handbook for the aspiring fashion designer.
What’s it about?
Mbonu’s book offers 100 bite-sized chapters about the fashion industry, ranging from general advice about time management skills to insider technical tips such as drawing with hands and feet when sketching to improve proportion. As a former fashion student herself, Mbonu is able to tailor her advice for students just about to start fashion school in a short and concise way. Along with inspirational quotes from fashion’s biggest giants Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and Coco Chanel, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in fashion!
Is it any good?
Whether you read it cover to cover or dip in and out, this book is perfect for those who want to break into the industry. Even if (like me) you don’t have a clue about fashion, the beautiful illustrations by Anna Hammer and Ayako Koyama will grab your attention and make you want to find out more. After all, who knew that the buttons are on the left for women’s shirts, but on the right for men’s?
This book is fun, inspiring and informative, and works brilliantly as a quick reference book, but could have done with a little more detail for those who want to go further with their study.
Who’s it for?
Anyone who is interested in fashion will find this book a compelling read, but it will be most useful for those just about to start their courses at fashion school due to the more technical nature of some of the chapters.
How much is it going to cost me?
With an RRP of £10.95 this 'little' book is a bit pricey, but if you’re a student and buy through Laurence King’s website you can get a 35% discount, making the book a more affordable investment.
What’s the overall verdict?
A beautifully designed guide to fashion school, this book provides a number of helpful tips for students as well as interesting nuggets of information for those without any previous knowledge of the industry.
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