Fashionary: Visual Style Tokens

If you've been following the blog awhile, then you may have remembered my initial post a while back about an amazing gift that I received about fashion design. This time, I am honoured to collaborate with Fashionary to share with you two of their menswear editions of the Fashionary sketchbook. This book is so much more than a sketchbook, it's an undeniably helpful notebook filled with necessary information that an aspiring designer or any fashion artist can use.
Fashionary, initially started in 2009, as an individual project dedicated to provide efficiency to designers and fashion enthusiasts. It evolved into a fashion sketchbook line—today, the books are still serving the fashion masses.
In the Fashionary book, there is everything from insightful fashion data (laundry labels and industry dates) to useful technical terminology (in the attached fashion dictionary). It's a mere table of contents for a designer, preparing you with some essential elements for developing a visual collection, from concept to all materials used. And, as a former designer myself, I can assure you that having this book would have been astounding for my fellow peers and I during our humble beginnings.


Things To Love: Fashionary is incredibly detailed—it’s equipped with areas for quick sketches, spec sheets, and drawing fashion figures. But, there’s also pattern layout, and concept and line presentation layout inspiration. The brilliant bonus though, is the attached pocket in the back of the book where you can keep swatches, drawing tools, and other items, etc.

The book lends itself to be very valuable, even to the seasoned fashion designer. To be honest, it had been far too long since my last sketching sessions, so I decided to give it a
go and create a few very rough sketches, and grab inspiration from the past. You can be
certain that I will keep at this with stern discipline for a bit, and who knows, I might even
get back to designing again one day.


Take a look at their booklet styles. One of my favourites is the pocketsize hologram set (above), “Fashionary Neon Light,” as well as the exclusively designed version for the V&A museum.

What do you think of Fashionary? Which book would you be interested in? 


The goods: Sketchbook A4 (Mens), and Neon Light set(3)-Courtesy of Fashionary. Shop sketchbooks here. Artwork/sketches by Madison, other images courtesy of www.fashionary.org. *All opinions expressed are my own.

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60 comments

  1. This notebook is a real must have!!! I want it!

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  2. Hi Madison! Congrats on this collaboration! I didnt know about Fashionary but I think it must be a staple book for all the designers at the beginning. You are so good on sketching, you should start to create them as you are really great!:) Many kisses! xo

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  3. That sounds like an exciting project.
    Best of luck.



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  4. You used to draw in the past? That's cool! Those books are lovely. I really like the idea of the attached pocket in the back of the book! I liek the pocketsize hologram set as well. Have a great day!


    sunandsany

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  5. antonella c'est moi16 September, 2014

    Congrats on this collaboration!

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  6. Jessica Neumann16 September, 2014

    Wow!! I really want one of those book, are super!!

    Cultureandtrend Blog

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  7. This is really cool, love the concept a lot :))) Hope you have a sweet day doll xx

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  8. Madison, you are just too talented! Love love love your sketches:)

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  9. sartorialsidelines16 September, 2014

    Wow, those are amazing - I really love them!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  10. An attractive and useful book for designers (I like the name Fashionary too) How clever to include a pocket for swatches. Great sketches - designing must be so rewarding.

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  11. Che belli che sono, molto originali.

    New post Oasap

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  12. Hihihi….I know their books. I used to do fashion illustrations myself and love their woman edition. Thanks for sharing this <3 <3

    Mahshid مهشید

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  13. alessia milanese16 September, 2014

    Congrats for this collaboration Madison! I didnt know about Fashionary but I think it's a must for all the designers at the beginning. You are so good on sketching!

    Congrats on this collaboration! I didnt know about Fashionary but I think it must be a staple book for all the designers at the beginning. You are so good on sketching, you should start to create them as you are really great!:) Many kisses! xo

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  14. Oh wow... I don't think I'd be using one because it's just not something I do or good at, but what a helpful book! x

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  15. RedTagChicLA16 September, 2014

    OMG these are totally awesome and worth checking out soon....thanks for sharing Madison!!


    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  16. Great collaboration Madison! These sketchbooks look like they'd be super helpful for beginning designers and fashion students. And it's cool that it got you back into sketching again :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  17. Glam up your Lifestyle16 September, 2014

    Mein Glückwunsch zu dieser Kooperation. Liebe Madison, du hast aber auch Talent. Die Skizzen sind fantastisch.

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  18. Very cool inspo!
    I love the fabrics!
    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  19. Hi hun, hope you have been well….Its been so hectic with work and studies recently so I had to take a break from blogging. I will try to get back to it when I have some free time. Missed reading your posts…Have a great week. You can find me at frillsandthrills@hotmail.com

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  20. This is so so so cool! Love your sketches!

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  21. Lady parisienne17 September, 2014

    Cool collab and the concept is great!
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  22. Absolutely in love with this pics!!! Fantastic collaboration!!

    Kisses!!

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  23. Erika Sorocco17 September, 2014

    I lovelove the sketchbooks - so perfect!!


    xx

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  24. What an amazing collaboration Madison. I couldn't sketch if my life would depend on it but these sketchbooks are truly stunning. I have checked out the site. I'm surprised they are so affordable. Even simple sketchbooks cost a lot more in Germany. Hab einen tollen Mittwoch! Bei uns scheint zur Abwechslung mal die Sonne :D

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  25. ElleSees.blogspot.com17 September, 2014

    such talent you have!! what a great gift for designers. and yes, start doing it again!

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  26. Oh to Be a Muse17 September, 2014

    Beautiful sketches and the book covers are lovely too.

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  27. Wow congrats for this collaboration!!! nice sketches!!!
    Have a good week!!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  28. Dressed with soul17 September, 2014

    Liebe Madison, das ist eine tolle Kooperation, herzlichen Glückwunsch! Ich habe noch nie davon gehört, aber die Idee gefällt mir sehr :) Ich wünsche Dir viel Spaß und eine gute Zusammenarbeit und ich bin auch begeistert von den Skizzen, wow, was Du alles kannst!

    Alles Liebe von Rena

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  29. the sketches are fabulous! you SHOULD get back into designing Madison. you're so good at it.
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  30. Hi Lilli, I'm glad that you liked this collab., thank you for your kind comment.xx :)

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  31. Yes, the books are wonderful & very helpful. Thank you for reading!

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  32. Thanks miss b, I use mine for holding swatches, but you can definitely use it for holding other items.

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  33. Yes,hehe! I used to be a menswear designer & tailor, it's been a long while since I have properly drawn or sketched. :)

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  34. Liebe Cla, Vielen Dank! Das war ein Lieblings mode Zusammenarbeit. Haben Sie eine gute Woche! :-)
    /Madison x

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  35. Thanks Mira. I'm happy that you liked this collab, I am thrilled to be apart of this, as well as getting back to sketching. Vielen Dank! Ich wünsche Dir einen guten Start in das Wochenende.
    LG, Madison xoxo

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  36. Okay dear, Enjoy your time away from blogging, we all need a break from time to time. Wishing you a peaceful holiday. xx /Madison

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  37. Yes, it's very helpful ... mostly for people interested in design or already in fashion design.

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  38. Grazie, bella!
    Ciao! / Madison

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  39. Thanks so much Pilar! I'm so glad that you liked the post and photos.

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  40. Hi Alessia, you are so sweet! thank you for your kind words. xx

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  41. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks Rebecca.

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  42. Liebe Rena, Danke! Sie sind sehr süß! :) Es ist viele Jahre her, seit Zeichnung der Praxis. Aber ich bin glücklich, wieder zu bekommen, wieder zu arbeiten. hehe. Ich wünsche Dir ein sehr schönes Wochenende!
    Alles Liebe,
    Madison xx

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  43. Amazing illustrations and post!!!!!

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  44. I love the blue one! What an interesting post, love looking at all the sketches.

    xx Hélène
    www.FashionOverReason.com

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  45. These fashion sketchbooks look so wonderful and really are a great tool to create a masterpiece! The pocket sized hologram set is my favotire as it would be perfect to take anywhere and it looks so cool!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  46. Rosalind jana20 September, 2014

    Firstly - WOW - look at your sketches! This makes me want to pull open my own sketch books immediately. And secondly, what a brilliant and beautifully realised idea those Fashionary sketchbooks are. I Love the attention to practical details, such as the pockets.

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  47. Thank you Rebecca! I loved the inside pocket as well.

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  48. Thank you very much Roz for your sweet comment. I also loved the inside pocket details. Such a smart way to hold your art tools and other bits on-the-go!

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  49. It looks very cool! So fun to see your sketches! The V&A version looks fabulous! I hope you had a wonderful summer Madison...I am finally back blogging again ~ missed you!!


    xo Mary Jo

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  50. Thanks so much for your comment Mary Jo. Glad to hear that you're back to blogging, looking forward to visiting your space.
    /Madison xx

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  51. These are awesome sketches. Great collabo! :)
    Alles Liebe Schwester..
    xoxo


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  52. Ivana Džidić10 March, 2015

    these are simply amazing...and this books seems like a useful one to have! It is always helpful to learn a few tricks of the trade, get ideas and simply to learn more about fashion illustrations.


    You really have a talent for portraying clothes, when I see them on your sketches, I can totally visualize them...and yet your drawings are quite arty.


    I also enjoyed your youtube video, it was fun seeing so much of your works in one place. Do share with us whatever you do in the future.

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