I have been taking samples from my sketchbook and enlarging them experimenting with shapes, structure and texture on the mannequin to develop potential designs/outfits for my ‘detail’ capsule collection!
The other day whilst sourcing for inspiration and researching, I came across these beautiful yet unusual photographs by Amira Fritz. Photography is a strong interest of mine as well as fashion and I really found these images inspiring to look at. They sort of tell a story within the images. I like the colour schemes, old faded enchanted forest type look. The flower headwear also relates well to some of my design ideas and sketches I have made. Definitely a photographer i’ll follow!
New project this term is called Manifesto!
I’ts basically a free project where we decide our brief ourselves by coming up with a design manifesto. This sounds simple and free but I have found it harder to put what I want to do into words! I’ve decided to base my project on the idea of attention to detail. Looking at the very fine details inspired by a ‘English rose’ theme. As a designer I feel some of my strong qualities that arise throughout my work is the focus on making garments special by adding a specific detail.
This is part of my design manifesto: ‘The difference between something good and something great is the attention to detail. May it be small aspect or have a large impact it’s still significant. Detail in clothing may be about the single sewn seam, all over beaded embellishment or the floral printed pattern, each having a unique stamp. Attention to detail has a strong impact throughout my work as a designer, and I want to explore it further.’
At the moment, I’ve decided to use Rosie-Huntington Whiteley as my Muse. Because of her traditional ‘English beauty’ look and background. She grew up on a farm in Devon with nature and animals around her.
This is a fairly old video from January 2012 last year about the A/W 2011/12 collections but I really like the ‘traditional’ garden theme with the models surrounded in plant life and trees. Film by Shelley Jones, found on Fashion156 Magazine Blog. Just some inspiration to look at, as I’m really interested in fashion films at the moment too!
During the Easter holidays, I visited the Les Mis film production costume exhibition at Portsmouth Dockyard. Parts of the film were actually filmed in Portsmouth. It was interesting to actually look at the real life garments close up rather than on the TV screen, designed by Paco Delgado! It was required for a large crew to create approximately 2,200 costumes for the whole set, including main characters as well as all the extras. The garments were created and then had to be destroyed to create the right look, to ensure that the outfits looked like they belonged to beggars and the poor, by ripping, shredding and burning the fabrics. Below are the costumes worn by Ann Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman and Samantha Barks.