My wife is setting up a store to sell clothes online. Is there a basic DIY solution for lighting. I have a small light box for smaller items but I need something to photograph dresses on a manikin. Is it the same principle just on a larger scale?
I think that this site might help you on how to Light cloth.
The simplest lighting solution for you would be to bounce the light (ideally a small flashgun) off a large neutral coloured wall. This will get you fairly close to the results you're getting from a light tent (but the light will be a bit more directional and you may get soft shadows behind).