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The Coat Route
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

This book documents the creation of a handcrafted, bespoke, $50,000 coat. It takes us on a journey around the world, and we learn about the tailorís craft and where he sourced the finest fleece, silk, buttons and trimmings. The book highlights the divide between craftspeople dedicated to timeless quality and the now mass-produced, fast fashion world we live in. The idea behind the cover design was to illustrate the journey of the coatís creation. I wanted the cover to have a bespoke feeling, so I hand-stitched the cover design, with thread and fabric seeming the most fitting medium to use.

135 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination with embossing
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Allison Colpoys
Meg Lukens Noonan