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suffering for fashion?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Today I spent the day at the studio where we were given an illustration of a top and asked to pattern cut it. This was really difficult and everybody seemed to struggle. Pattern cutting really is bloody hard! Lots to think about… silhouette, volume, fit, length, darts, crikey I hate darts.

The afternoon was spent with the head of the fashion department who gave a lecture on ’suffering for fashion’, which explored the lengths women go to so that their bodies are changed to fit prominent styles of the time. (Corsetry, and that kind of thing.) I’ve always been shocked, horrified and disturbed at changing one’s shape to conform to an ideal. Earlier last month, MJ of Dreaming Spires wrote a brilliant post with concerns about trends in womanly curves or evidently the sheer lack of them, and since then I have questioned my own design ethos in terms of manipulating the aesthetics of the body.

Fashion will forever be controversial , and perhaps that is one of the greatest assets it has, but I think it is important for designers and others involved in this industry (yes media, I’m looking at you) to take responsibility for the emotional effects that can stem from body ideals.

Take the AW10 Comme des Garçons collection which featured fun elaborations on the female form. The designing is spectacular and the body shapes created are so out of reach that we as consumers can just enjoy the designs whilst still embracing our natural shape.

Yes, the body is the base for fashion creations but shouldn’t it just build upon what is naturally there under the garments, rather than trying to mutilate the figure?

commes des garcos suffering for fashion?

Comme des Garçons AW10

the ultimate in DIY creations

Monday, October 4th, 2010

P10105792 the ultimate in DIY creations

P1010613 copy the ultimate in DIY creations

This week I started a new project, Deconstruct Reconstruct. This involves taking one, two or three second hand items and transforming them into one garment. Here is a little sneak at the before shot of the dress and what I have come up with so far. Working this way is so much more fun and creative compared with flat pattern cutting! I have a few more weeks on this project, with my next steps perfecting the design and ensuring it is finished to a high standard.

I have also just started a menswear project that will run alongside this one (and marketing work – busy busy!) and will be posting as I go through the project.

Final year is proving to be pretty difficult, there is always a pressure to be creating something amazing and the briefs seem a little confusing. Hopefully this is just a case of getting back into uni work mode after a year in placement!

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