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Finally Finished with Initial Designs….

Woohoo, I think I’ve finished with Initial Designs; I had about 30 in the end!! It took me a lot longer to get them scanned in, polished up on Photoshop and annotated. In fact it took me ALL DAY!!!!! But it’s done now and I’ve emailed them to my mentors for some feedback, which means that I’m on hold with the design process for the moment so I can focus on my business plan for a few days and some sketchbook work too. I’m popping over to Birmingham tomorrow to get some fabric samples which is always exciting, although I’m not looking forward to working out the costings; I’m planning on using silk and so it’s going to be expensive. But I know it will be worth it, I get really excited looking at the designs and picturing them going down the catwalk.

I only left my desk to take Bracken for a walk in the wood today; it was beautiful because it felt like everything was trying to grow. Spring is on its way 🙂 As I’ve basically been a recluse there is no outfit post today, I don’t think anyone needs to see me with my hair scraped back, in leggings and my trusty NYPD hoody! So I thought I’d show you some well dressed ladies, a few of my favourite collections from New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

Marchesa can do no wrong in my eyes, I love them more every season!! Plus I just read on Style.com that Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are English. Now I can feel proud of them too!

Their garments are always so beautifully cut, oh how I wish I was rich.

Rodarte are another design duo who I’ve been admiring for a couple of years, since they designed the costumes for Black Swan their coverage seems to have sky-rocketed. Everyone is talking about them this Fashion Week, it’s definitely well deserved. This Little House on the Prairie style collection is beautiful, I particularly like the wheat field printed dresses:

Vera Wang’s collection was simply stunning, I could have posted every single outfit! It’s all pleated too (my final collection features pleating heavily) so I think a lot of these images will be going into my research file:

I also need to create a pleating theme board so will use the images on that too. I put all these collages together on Photoshop using the Polygonal Selector Tool; I know it’s a technique a lot of bloggers use to display collections they like but this is the first time I’ve done it. I really like the effect so may use it to make my theme board and may well use it to create my theme board rather that printing the images out and cutting and sticking them!

Dave’s gone out tonight and so I’m going to continue with today’s work ethic and spending the evening putting together a start-up costing sheet for Start Up Planning and Promotion.


Couture Clothes Show Collection: Structural Silhouettes

We got our brief today; To design and create a couture collection of 8-10 garments (as a group) for display on Stafford College’s exhibition stand at this year’s Clothes Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC, taking inspiration from the title “Structural Silhouettes”. We must make sure we cover all aspects from research and design to pattern cutting and garment manufacture, resulting in both 2D (mood boards and design boards) and 3D outcomes (final garments).

Assessment 1 counts for 70% of this module: a portforlio of development work and reolved outcomes e.g. mood boards, designs, sampling, final garments.

Assessment 2 counts for 20%: an evaluation of the projects through a range of communication methods.

Assessment 3 counts for 10%: Reflective Learning Journal.

As we have to produce the collection as a group but still need to have our own individual work for our portfolios, we have decided to get our own mood boards done by Monday. Once we have these displaying our own interpretation of “Structural Silhouettes” we will be able to decide on a common theme and then start producing designs. Below is my brainstorm for the title:

Structural Silhouettes Brain Storm

After doing the brain storm I started research in the library, I took photocopies from books of Issey Myake and Commes des Garcons for my mood board. I started looking at other designers on Style.com and was absolutely dumbfounded by the Example
Marchesa S2011 RTW Collection! It’s so beautiful, and the silhouettes are very structural. Below are a few of my favourites:

I love the cream, ruffled, cut-out dress; it reminds me of paper doilies! I really like the idea of using a stiff fabric that could hold cut out shapes. I also like the idea of folding and draping fabric like the cream dress that looks like it is covered in giant roses. I’m totally inspired by Marchesa, I think there will be numerous pieces of their work on my mood board!