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Busy bee….

I have been up since 6am this morning doing uni work!! Lots done though, I’ve just finished referencing my reports for Clothing in Culture and Context. I was very pleased to discover Google Advanced Book Search, early on in the semester I had photocopied two paragraphs from a book and stupidly forgotten to write down the title!! Thankfully I was able to find it by inputting a chapter title into the search.

My plan for the next few hours are to do some of the things Jayne suggested I add to my portfolio and some more illustrations for my Dior case study.

My treat for the day is to make some more Damson chutney!!

If anybody happens to be reading this and wondering what to get me for Christmas, I would LOVE these ear muffs from Little Fille

I think with the £40.00 price tag, the likelihood of me receiving them is small but they are very beautiful.


Not far to go….

No outfit post today, the theme is basically as many layers as possible: this has resulted in restricted movement! Dave did take my photograph but on his medium format camera so will have to wait until the film is developed.

Only a couple of weeks left before all my modules have to be submitted, things are going well. Now that the dresses are finished for the Clothes Show, I’ve had a chance to go back to the paperwork side of things. I’ve spent a lot of time recently working on my portfolio: mounting illustrations and things for the Clothes Show brief and reworking things from my first year.

 I have also done first drafts of both reports for Clothing in Culture and Context: the first is a report on the effect of World War II on women’s dress, the Utility scheme and also looks at whether the recession has seen us return to the “Make do and Mend” mentality of the War. The second report is a case study on Christian Dior and his New Look collection. I ventured out in the snow briefly today to show the drafts to Gloria, she read and was happy with the first report, although I still need to reference it properly; Gloria told me that even if I haven’t used a direct quote I need to reference any ideas as you can’t put anything in your bibliography that isn’t mentioned in the main text. I’m going to find her tomorrow once she has read my Dior report to see what she thinks of that one. The second report is to be an illustrated case study, I have already illustrated to of Dior’s New Look designs but I think I want about 6 or so to go onto presentation boards. I haven’t really done any RLJ entries for this module as we are only marked on the two reports, however I was reading the module handbook last night and it does say that although you do not have to it is recommended that you keep a journal and submit it with your work. Although I haven’t done specific entries on my blog, I have pages and pages of notes from my research and ideas that I’ve had so think I should be ok; I may just have to make some notes from my notes!

Gloria gave a presentation on Fashion and Film this morning, I found this really interesting. Although I don’t have a great deal of interest in the costume industry, the presentation was more focussed on the effect early films had on trends etc. It’s an issue I’d like to read into further once I have some spare time…although who knows when that will be! She talked about Chanel briefly; she was paid $1 million to design costumes for Hollywood, however the relationship didn’t last long: Hollywood’s tradition was for the clothes to complement the narrative, character and actresses, Chanel’s attitude was “in a subtle way to prioritise the clothes over the narrative” (Bruzzi, 2004).

I feel I’m well on track with my Personal Planning module too; the submissions for this module are my portfolio (showing how I’ve planned what to put in it and what I’ve done to get previous works up to scratch), I’m not far off with this I still have a few pages I want to add in and I think I want to write a short report of what works I have chosen, why I’ve chosen them and what they looked like before and after. I also have to submit a research folder, showing how I have researched my options for the future e.g top-up years, graduate schemes, job roles etc. This folder is to also contain my UCAS application, personal statement and CV. Again, I have a little bit left to do here, just tying up loose ends really: I want to edit my personal statement a bit as it was very design orientated and I have ended up choosing a business top-up. I also just need to do a bit of annotation here and there.

I feel confident it will all be done on time but I’m still a bit stressed out! I think it’s probably just the way I am, I worry about everything!! I’m pleased with what I have so far but I think there is always room for improvement.


Playing Dress Up…

At uni yesterday, we had Notty Hornblower from Hope House Costume Museum come to give a talk on historical costume and historical bridal wear. Millie and I had been asked to model some of the garments she had brought to show us, this unfortunately meant that we missed most of the talk as we were toing and froing changing into different outfits but we had great fun dressing up!! I felt like I’d just stepped off a period drama film set….

All the outfits I had to wear were Edwardian. Millie’s first outfit was Victorian, then she had a mourning outfit from 1918 but I don’t have a picture of that and then the wedding dress was from the 1940s. Notty’s collection and knowledge is exceptional, we’re going to arrange to visit her museum and I would definitely recommend anybody to go and visit.


Time Management….

List time! I need to get back into the habit of making regular lists and timetables; I seem to have fallen back into the old trap of spending too much time on one thing and then panicking when I think of all the other things I still need to do. I’ve written 3 lists: 1 for each module. Although these lists may be a little exhaustive, I actually feel much calmer now I can see that it will be a managable (if not very busy!) work schedule.


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“But You’re Wearing a Cape Pomesy, You Can Take on the World!!!”

This morning I looked out the window and told Dave that I didn’t want to leave the house today; me and cold weather are not friends and it was looking particularly yucky. He said to me “but you’re wearing a cape Pomesy, you can take on the world!” and with that I set off for my introductory lecture for Clothing in Culture and Context. This is the theory module this semester, I’m really looking forward to it and have already loaded my bag up with books from the library. The brief is to “investigate a range of key contemporary and historical fashion and textile developments utilising a variety of research…..recognising key periods, designers, genres, theories and influences. It is vital that you include examples specifically relating to your specialist pathway.” Assessment 1 is a 1500 word report discussing the areas of development chosen referencing social, political and art historical context. Assessment 2 is an illustrated case study of a designer/design style/ genre/ period accompanied by a 1500 word written account.

I’m planning on looking at World War II and how fashion changed, during and after this time for assessment 1; I could then look at a designer such as Dior and “The New Look” for assessment 2. I’m so inspired by vintage, especially 1940s and 50s at the moment and I think it’s always easier to produce good work when it’s a topic that you are really into. There’s no assessment on the learning journal for this module but I will keep it anyway, it just helps me keep track of my thoughts and ideas. So I better start reading now……

Forties Fashion and the New Look

I’ve just found numerous Fashion Theory Journals on Igenta Connect that I want to read: Dior: The New Look, Nazi “Chic”?, Chanel: The Order of Things and Style. With those and all the books I’ve taken out, I’ve already set myself quite a reading list!