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Draping for Apparel Design with Susan Ashdown

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

The apparel industry, though driven by fashion and expected to embrace transformation, is often resistant to change in its technologies and vision, according to Susan P. Ashdown, Professor Emerita in Human Centered Design in the College of Human Ecology. This attitude has also been apparent in patternmaking textbooks used in apparel programs, but in editing the 4th edition of Draping for Apparel Design (Fairchild Books, 2022) Ashdown transformed this text from a ‘how-to’ book suited to a 1950s classroom to a modern book with an inclusive vocabulary, as well as methods and topics directed to the students who will lead the apparel industry in the future. In a live, hybrid Chats in the Stacks book talk, Ashdown will discuss how her text is closer to an engineering book than a sewing manual, and how it teaches students a deep understanding of the concepts of patternmaking with a focus on the complex and rewarding process of developing patterns to fit the range of body variation and using materials that exhibit a seemingly endless range of properties. 

This talk is hosted by Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Dial-In Information

If you would like to attend the talk virtually, please register through the following link: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Cornell Human Ecology, Human Centered Design, Cornell University Library, Mann Library

University Themes



Mann Library, CUL, fashion, book talk, human ecology, apparel


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Contact Name

Jenny Leijonhufvud


Susan Ashdown

Speaker Affiliation

Human Centered Design in the College of Human Ecology

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No registration needed for in-person, but register via the link above to join the webinar.

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Free and open to all.

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