Koos Couture Collage, Inspiration & Techniques
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by Linda Change Teufel, foreword by Koos van den Akker
Koos's signature design is a comfortable silhouette with extravagant fabric collage and bold appliques. Koos sketches with yarn, stitches with imagination and constantly plays with fabric as his palette. This softcover 112 page book includes chapters on Koos' biography and studio, home sewing & quilting, and a myriad of techniques - fabric selection, collage design, fabric lace, yarn trims, origami patches, image transfers, ruffles & self trim, applique & finishing construction. Koos is the original couture designer who used patchwork, collage and surface embellishment to make high fashion garments. Van den Akker is a collagist as much as a designer of apparel. But the obvious, though generally undstated fact is that his pictorial effects are conceived and applied to an inherently three-dimensional form. Any single view of a van den Akker work is necessarily only a partial one. His designs complete themselves in motion, for it is only in a full 360 degree view that his applied compositions can fully be comprehended.