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another day another sketchbook

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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Here is a little insight into what has completely taken over my life for the past 2 months … fashion design is fun but so hard, enter any fashion degree course at your own risk! I’ve just started my final collection; the accumulation of all the skills I have learnt over the past 4 years rolled into one amazing collection that defines myself as a designer – no pressure here then. It really took a while for me to decide on which direction to take my research and sketchbook and after many ideas I have settled on my collection being loosely based on the 1999 film ‘The Virgin Suicides’. I do hope it provides me with enough inspiration for an entire collection, though so far I’m finding it really interested and exciting!

The hardest part so far has definitely been sourcing fabrics and components, and thankfully I found Spoonflower who are able to produce the digitial prints I really want to be included within the collection. So far they have been a great company to work with; very student friendly and helpful! I just need to start designing the prints for the garments and get swatching initial ideas – stay tuned for the results!

P.S If any other fabric companies out there are interested in sponsering a little yet fiercly ambitious student like myself please do get in touch :)

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Ralph Lauren 4D experience!

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Just a quick post as I just had to share this amazing video with you all… it’s an amazing fusion of art, fashion and technology from Ralph Lauren – something I’m particularly interested in. If you’re wondering where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks it’s been stuck in the design studio working on countless projects!

I’ve started my final collection this week which is very exciting and will hopefully have a smidgen of free time to balance the blog and uni work a little better.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend :)

The Official Ralph Lauren 4D Experience – London from Ralph Lauren on Vimeo.

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?

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Comme des Garçons AW10

don’t report me missing just yet

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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Sorry for the utter lack of posts recently, this week have involved moving back to University and getting well and truly stuck into that summer work I keep going on about but not actually getting anywhere with. Please bear with me! The deadline is Monday so hopefully I’ll be back with a vengeance from then onwards. In the mean time here is a little snippet of my student bedroom wall here in Huddersfield, it’s the only part of the room I’ve have the time to make my own. Have a lovely weekend for me!

from catwalk to closet

Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that Topshop online is getting better and better? I was first impressed with the feature that allowed customers to buy entire outfits from the Oxford Street store windows. Now Topshop is giving us the chance to see how the lovely ladies who work in the Head Office are wearing garments from the AW10 collection in a feature called ‘From Catwalk to Closet‘. I think it’s pretty cool to see behind-the-scenes of my favourite brands, and Topshop are really allowing their loyal followers to have a sneak into their world. If you are interested in this, you really must see their blog, where recently they have been posting about the build up to the unique SS11 collection – exciting stuff!

stay cool and chill out

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

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With just 5 days left until I move back to Huddersfield to complete my fashion degree, I am starting to think about how to personalise my bedroom in the student halls. I love this part of September, filling my room with thrifted nik naks and photographs of friends from home.

This weekend my sister moved to Blackpool for her first year studying Photography. She picked up this quirky cushion for her new room from than none other than her local Primark store, for a bargainous £3.00! I think I’ll be heading there myself this week to bag this cushion for myself too; I’m sure the ‘STAY COOL AND CHILL OUT’ mantra will help get me through the stressful year ahead!

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