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And Breathe….

Tomorrow is my interview at Staffordshire University for the “Enrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries” Top-up Year. I had absolutely no idea where I was going and Dave is working tomorrow so I have to drive myself there. I know I’m perfectly capable of getting myself there (especially with the wonders of modern technology ie. satnav) but I was still in a panic about it and so did a test run today. It’s incredibly easy to find and should only take 25 minutes but I think I’m going to go super-duper early and sit in a cafe on campus, it saves me stressing and rushing. I hate being late for things, I’d rather be an hour early and relax before going in (well try to anyway!).

The rest of my day has been spent making some changes to my business plan, I’ve managed to reduce the costings tremendously and so it looks a lot more realistic. I’ve got it all formatted and presented nicely too, I want to take it to my interview to show that I am already getting some relevent knowledge and experience for the course. I’m completely on top of things for Start-Up Planning and Promotion now, I’m going to miss tomorrows session as I’ll be at my interview but will try and get the relevant information from the lecturer so that I can keep up to date.

The weather has been beautiful today, it’s still a bit chilly for me but the sunshine has been lovely. I even had to get the raybans out 🙂

T-Shirt: American Eagle

Skirt: Topshop

Cardigan: Topshop

Tights: River Island

Boots: River Island

So wish me luck, all my stuff is packed and ready to go. I’m going to go and cook us a nice tea now and have a glass of wine!


Back from Paris…

Sorry there’s been no posts all week, I’ve been in Paris!! What a beautiful, inspirational city (especially once you get away from the main touristy bits). It’s been a really useful trip for me, I was amazed at just how much bigger children’s fashion is in France. I could write pages and pages about all that we saw and did but I think it will be better if I break it down into smaller more readable posts. Dave spent most of his time taking candids so there aren’t a great deal of photographs of me to show you, plus the fact it was extremely cold and so I spent most of my time wrapped up in my fur coat so you can’t see much of my outfits underneath anyway!! I need to seriously get back into work mode and draw up more designs properly (I’ve jotted down loads of ideas this week) so it may take a while to fill you in on Paris properly but will get photos and musings up asap. In the mean time here’s me at  Sacré-Coeur in Montmatre (the highest point in Paris), the weather was a bit grotty but the view was still pretty epic. Around the immediate area of Sacré-Coeur you have about a million tacky tourist shops but the further we went into the back streets the more we saw of the real Paris and lots of vintage shops too which always makes me happy (it was even better because it didn’t seem to have taken hold so much as in London). I got an amazing pair of corduroy culouttes and Dave got an army jacket.

Plan for the morning is to catch up on my emails, some yoga, draw up some more designs and put some more research into my sketchbook. But before I do any of that I’ve promised to go and make Dave a sausage sandwich!!

Just to give you a brief rundown of all the things I have to tell you about:

  1. Notre-Dame
  2. Premier Vision
  3. La Louvre
  4. Père La Chaise
  5. Sacre-Couer
  6. Eiffel Tower
  7. Les Invalides
  8. Muséum national d’Histoire
  9. Petit Palais
  10. Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Musée de la Mode et du Textile

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Lots and lots of paperwork….

Pretty much all of my time recently has been spent writing reports, evaluations and doing Photoshop and Illustrator work. One thing I really noticed when looking at other portfolios in the College Forum at the Clothes Show was the amount of CAD work. I didn’t have any experience of Illustrator and very little of Photoshop so it has been a little more time consuming than it should have been. I’ve worked really hard though and am pleased with the results, now that I’m getting more skilled with these programs it will speed up my work in the future and a lot of  the time (with things such as working drawings) looks much more professional too. I wanted to show you the flat patterns for the dresses I produced for the Clothes Show as I think it makes you appreciate the technicality and the amount of work that went into them:

 

I’ve worked so so hard this semester, I really hope that my grades will reflect the amount of work I have put in.


Clothes Show Live 2010….

Ok, I’ve been gone for a while but I’m back now. I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately but uni deadlines have been a little over whelming  the past few weeks. Prepare for multiple posts over the next 24hours to catch up! On Monday 6th December I went to this year’s Clothes Show Live at Birmingham NEC. I didn’t get to see the actual show as we were exhibiting in the college forum:

It was great to see all of our hard work on display and being admired. Looking around at the other colleges and universities that were exhibiting I definitely thought that our’s  looked the best!


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.