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Jay Calderin's new book!

Released on November 2, 2017 in the UK

and January 9, 2018 in the USA

What They Didn't Teach You in Fashion School
What you need to know to make it as a fashion designer


"The importance of Jay Calderin's book truly cannot be overstated.
Not only is it important to show what the human hand can do,
but equally as necessary is to guide young people
through the process of working in this field.
This book provides readers with that wide and deep overview.”

― Ralph Rucci

About the book:

How do you navigate the confusing and competitive fashion world after the relative comfort of fashion school? How do you learn to adapt to an industry that constantly evolves and throws new challenges your way? And above all, how do you play to your strengths as a designer, and build a successful career in business. What They Didn't Teach You in Fashion School is your survival guide to the fashion industry. Providing expert advice, and lots of inspiration, Jay Calderin shows you how to get the best out of the exhilarating world of fashion.

Order in the USA. Click here.
Order in the UK. Click here

Photo: Joel Benjamin

The Boston Globe refers to Jay Calderin as "a budding designer's best friend."

Calderin is the author of
The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book (formerly Form, Fit, Fashion), which the LA Times called, "a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious, this tome contains all the secrets."

His second book, Fashion Design Essentials was published in 2011. Both books have been translated into German and Chinese. Jay Calderin also collaborated on a third book, Fashion Design, Referenced, which was released in 2013.
He is also a contributor to Native Fashion Now, the book that will accompany the Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit of the same name. He wrote a column called Fashion Filter on RockPaperInk.com (read archived posts here).

Calderin founded
Boston Fashion Week, and has served as the organization's Executive Director since 1995. In 2012 he was appointed Creative Director of the first Chengdu Fashion Week in China. His work as a fashion designer has graced the pages of Vogue and Elle magazines. He held the office of Regional Director of the Fashion Group International of Boston (FGI Boston) from 2009-2010, and has served on the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA) Design Advisory Council since 2008. In 2015 Jay was invited to serve on the Leadership Council for Boston Creates - a citywide cultural planning process led by the Mayor of Boston's Office of Arts and Culture.

He is an instructor and the Director of Creative Marketing at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. In addition to artist demonstrations and teaching studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston he  facilitated a program called Fashion Tales at several branches of the Boston Public Library, and recently joined the ranks of CreativeLive's highly respected team of online educators. Jay was honored by Youth Design as Mentor of the Year 2014.

His pursuits as a professional coach and motivational speaker have afforded him opportunities to share and explore his ideas about the fashion industry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Nantucket Atheneum, and leading educational institutions that include Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley College, Tufts University, Lesley University, and Babson College. His dedication to education was recognized in Martha Stewart's Whole Living/Body + Soul magazine in a feature article by New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson about "Finding Your Passion".
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    Jay Calderin is the author of:
   Fashion Design Reference
   + Specification Book

    Everything Fashion Designers
    Need to Know Every Day
   Fashion Design Essentials
    100 Principles of Fashion Design
    and a co-author of:
   Fashion Design, Referenced
    A Visual Guide to the History,
    Language, and Practice of Fashion
    with Alicia Kennedy & Emily Banis Stoehrer
   Native Fashion Now
    Celebrating Native American design as an
    important force in the world of contemporary
    fashion, this book features beautiful, innovative,
    and surprising looks from Native American artists.

Learn more about Jay Calderin's work with Boston Fashion Week.
Check out this video produced by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.


And this segment on WGBH's Greater Boston with Jared Bowen and Emily Rooney.



Listen to Jay Calderin discuss the importance and the impact of Barbie's

new shapes and shades with Tina Martin on NPR's All Things Considered'

The Two Way segment. WGBH 89.7 fm

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