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Jay Calderin's new book!

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.

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Photo: Joel Benjamin

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

The Library Journal said, "In 100 short articles embellished with full-color photos and illustrations, Calderin brings even highly conceptual and esoteric fashion design ideas down to earth" about his second book Fashion Design Essentials. His books have been translated into German, Chinese, and Spanish. In addition, he collaborated on Fashion Design, Referenced, and was a contributor to Native Fashion Now, the book that accompanied the Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit of the same name. He also he wrote a column called Fashion Filter on RockPaperInk.com.

What They Didn't Teach You in Fashion School is his latest book. Internationally acclaimed couturier Ralph Rucci says, "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."

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 has served as chair of the Boston Arts Academy's Fashion Technology Advisory Board since 2017.

He is an instructor and the Director of Community Relations at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. In addition to artist demonstrations and teaching studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, he teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, facilitated a program called Fashion Tales at several branches of the Boston Public Library, and joined the ranks of CreativeLive's highly respected team of online educators in 2015. Jay was honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay as Big Brother of the Year in 2009, by Youth Design as Mentor of the Year in 2014, and in 2018 by the Boston Arts Academy for his achievements in fashion.

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 a
bout "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


Creative Minds Out Loud

is a podcast for arts and culture nerds,

produced by the Mass Cultural Council

Episode 64: Fashion Rolls Forward

Jay Calderin discusses one of the most meaningful fashion projects

that he's ever been a part of with Anita Walker, the host of Creative Minds Out Loud

and the Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council.

It all started when Malia Lazu asked Jay to be one of the designers involved

in the Fashion Accessibility Project. He jumped at the chance to design a dress for

Dr. Cheri Blauwet and involve two of his students from the School of Fashion Design,

Andrea DiTullio and Sydney Siagel, in the design process.

We learn not to make it "other" because when you do it as "other" it almost feels

like you're doing a favor, like, you're doing something special and you're going out

of your way or something like that and we didn't want it to feel like that. We wanted

it to feel like, "No, no. They are giving us these great design challenges."

— Jay Calderin

Listen and learn more at https://bit.ly/2pga5fa

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