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Jay Calderin

Jay Calderin is the author of 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 new book Fashion Design Essentials – One Hundred Principles of Fashion Design was just released by Rockport Publishers. Calderin is the founder and executive director of Boston Fashion Week and has served as a regional director for the Fashion Group International of Boston. He is also an instructor and the Director of Creative Marketing at the School of Fashion Design in Boston. His fashion design work has graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, the Boston Globe and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

Columns:

Fashion Filter: INTERLACING IDENTITIES: Fashion Collaborations

"Today's fashion consumers shop across many retail platforms and most contemporary wardrobes include both luxury and mass-market items.

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Fashion Filter: INSPIRATION FILE: Immersed in Indigo

The color indigo is an invitation to a dark, rich and powerful place.

Topics: Color, Fashion, Pattern & Palette, Random

Fashion Filter: THE NEW JAZZ AGE: Toasting the Twenties, Again

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such - such beautiful shirts before.

Topics: Design Reference, Fashion, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: THE STATE OF FASHION

Professionals need to reconnect with their industries, recharge their creative batteries, and occasionally be reminded of why they love what they do.

Topics: Fashion, Handmade, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: INSPIRATION FILE: Fashion in 3D

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Fashion

Fashion Filter: BLANK CANVAS: The White Shirt

"The first of all single colors is white .

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Fashion, Profiles

Fashion Filter: CHENGDU: An Instagram Color Diary

Chengdu is a city in the western part of China.

Topics: Color, Design Reference, Fashion, Random

Fashion Filter: BEHIND THE FLASH: Engaging an Audience

"The end product is mine but the work involves a team of collaborators.

Topics: Design Reference, Fashion, Interactive Design, Professional Development, Self-Promotion

Fashion Filter: An Interview with FERN MALLIS

Once upon a time I was at the end of a runway inside a Bryant Park tent, sitting crosslegged under another photographer's tripod.

Topics: Fashion, Professional Development, Profiles

Fashion Filter: The Return of the Hat

"I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Fashion

Fashion Filter: INSPIRATION FILE: Stained Glass

"People are like stained-glass windows.

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Fashion Filter: Stars, Stripes, and Style

Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the red, white and blue.

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Fashion Filter: NOVELTY TRENDS: Purse or Pet?

"Whence all these childish handbags? I question the benefit of a pony-, puppy-, or teddy-bear-themed purse for those over the age of 12.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Fashion

Fashion Filter: The Fetish: Fashion's Guilty Pleasure

"Fashion is as profound and critical a part of the social life of man as sex, and is made up of the same ambivalent mixture of irresistible urges and inevitable taboos.

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Fashion Filter: Framing Inspiration: Fashion Mood Boards

"Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Topics: Branding Identity, Fashion, Handmade, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: Stagecraft: The Theater of Fashion

"The fashion show is an event, it is theater, it's drama.

Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Fashion, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: Muse & Mannequin: The Fashion Doll

"As a little girl, I spent countless hours playing with my Barbie doll's, even designing and sewing one-of-a kind outfits for the doll--I guess you could say Barbie gave me my start as a designer.

Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Fashion, Pattern & Palette, Random

Fashion Filter: Waste Not Want Not: Make Do & Mend Fashion

"Nature does not know the concept of waste; the only species capable of making something no one desires is the human species.

Topics: Color, Fashion, Random

Fashion Filter: BAM! Superhero Fashion

Long before my heroes could be found in haute couture ateliers and on the pages of glossy fashion magazines, I was like most little boys, saving just enough every week to purchase the latest installments of my favorite Marvel and DC comics at the neighborhood grocery store.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Fashion, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: Fashion Wits

"In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Fashion, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: Getting a Handle(bar) on Trends

"A man without a mustache is like a cup of tea without sugar.

Topics: Design Reference, Fashion, Random

Fashion Filter: The Power of Padding

As unlikely as it would be for me to find myself in the woods, nevermind being confronted by a mountain lion or a bear, I've been told by my outdoorsy friends that in the event of such a face off, I should make myself appear larger to discourage the animal from thinking that I'm easy prey.

Topics: Fashion, Random

Fashion Filter: Global Textile Signatures

There are many ways a designer can stimulate the creative process.

Topics: Color, Fashion, Pattern & Palette

Fashion Filter: Fashion, Fantasy, and Photography

"Once upon a time…" is the tried and true way to begin telling a tale that hopes to capture our attention and stir our imaginations.

Topics: Layouts, Profiles

Fashion Filter: Boston Fashion Week: Keeping it Local

The Tent at Boston Fashion Week is poised to become as iconic a landmark as the Hancock Tower for fashionistas in Boston.

Topics: Branding Identity, Fashion, Product Design, Professional Development

Fashion Filter: Fashion Follows Retro TV Trends

Nostalgia is in the air, literally.

Topics: Branding Identity, Fashion

Fashion Filter: Couture Close-Ups

"I think there is beauty in everything.

Topic: Fashion

The Fashion Filter: Shazam!

I always have my iPhone at the ready, but not because I might miss a call.

Topic: Fashion

Fashion Filter: Out of Print

Donatella Versace recently said, "As a designer I look at the future, I never look at the past.

Topic: Fashion