Self promotion project

One project which we are working on in digital design is a method of self-promotion. This is a way to present ourself, our inspirations and also our work to other people who are within the creative industry. This is me. Feel free to comment. And enjoy!

Friday, 4 December 2009

In the Studio...

So for 2nd year garment technology we were required to produce a number of garments which included a hooded garment, puff & Raglan sleeve, Evening bodice and also a rever collar.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

FTV and Fashion Shows

I have had many great opportunities to be involved within a number of different fashion shows over the years. Several being held in Newcastle, one which included the FTV 2008 fashion show held at Tup Tup Palace.
There were a number of different clothing boutiques which were involved on the day with this including the likes of: Selah, Flirtatious, Kate Lauren, just to name a few.
For the event, Y salon kindly did all of the models hair, Julie who previously worked for Mac did make-up, and the whole event was photographed by Kai Javed with Fashion TV Filming the whole event for Live broadcast. A number of well know faces including the Dynamite hosts and members of the Vipers were present for this event. This gave me a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of a fashion show. The event was a success and a great time was had by all. thanks Fashion TV.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Fashion Illustration

So here it goes...for design portfolio and development we were required to produce fashion illustrations in order to inform our creative process. The designer is Yohji Yamamoto.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

My Photography

So one thing I love to do in my spare time : Photograph everything...
I've never actually had any really training with photography it's always just been something that I really enjoy. I often find myself photographing the most random things, close-up or from a random perspective. Sometimes, with my photography it take you a while to realise the actual intention of the photo but if i think its beautiful ill snap away- sometimes taking a hand full of photos of the same thing, just so I get the perfect shot.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Digital design project

These images show the creative process for one of this semesters digital projects. Showing sources of inspiration taken from WSGN and creation of a colour palette based on primary research. The concept was the regeneration of Vintage - the trend "take me back to the old school" was developed.

Factory girl

I absolutely adore this movie - I think Sienna Miller plays Edie Sedgewick perfectly and I love Andy Warhol, he's such an inspiration.

One of the best quotes from the movie has to be : "creating chaos and uproar wherever she went. Divorced as many times as she married, she leaves only good wishes behind"

Roland Klein

So we had a Lecture from the legend that is Ronald Klein... Someone who has had such a great portfolio of jobs and is as down to earth as him - can it be? After having such an amazing carer working for the likes of Dior and MaxMara and in the designing of his own collections modeled by the likes of Naomi Campbell.

He describes couture as " the craft of making clothing all by hand" and the importance of being "aware of women and men's body's" he said the only problem he finds in the designing of women's clothes is that he cannot actually try them on himself to see how they fit.

Designers and other creative people today, often say that Couture is dead - something which Klein does not agree with. He say :today couture is all about " promotion of a brand" in creating aspirations for millions of women world wide. Although it is very expensive, couture today is more about an investment of something beautiful: like a piece of art - People want to invest in the craft of couture. Klein suggest that this is the reason for the modern importance of can't go down the street these days without there being one or more vintage shop and they are highly valued in the fashion industry, amongst others. Vintage is not just about the clothing but also to do with beautiful interiors that are a far stretch from the "common" high-street fashions which every girl and her friend is wearing. Vintage is a chance to wear something new - which is actually rather refreshing.

With Couture like with anything, it is changing and will continue to change. Nothing ever stays the same - and thats what we all love - right? If things stayed the same forever there would be nothing left for designers to do. Innovation is key.

Klein explained how his inspirations come from everywhere; " Fashion is a reflection of everything that is going on in the world at the certain point in time" Like everything changes so does fashion. He stated that " In order for everything to stay the same, you have to change" a very important point and maybe a highlight of everything that he said. A pearl of wisdom so to speak.

What I found fascinating about the work of Klein is that he has designed clothing for the likes of Lady Di - A true Icon in my opinion.

When it came to questions - of corse there were many! One which was particularly interesting was one which was around the subject of logos and branding. Klein highlighted that " clothes give you an image" which is true of the 21st century. Gone are the days where you simple stick on something without giving it a second though. It's not just about covering yourself nowadays. However he also highlighted a very important point " if you are confident with yourself you don't need a logo". Is this really true - or indeed is this what others really believe...what about all of those people who spend £1000 on a bag? It is true that we all like nice things, who doesn't love a new bag and who wouldn't kill for the latest chloe dress...but really is it the be all and end all. Does your life depend on it. Ill let you decide, but ill take the chloe dress.

Which brought us to the next question: do you think we all live in a fantasy world? Klien said " you need to fantasies and clothes are a way of doing it - they are about who you would like to be & the world you want to live in" this comment I 100% agreed with...If we didn't fantasies then what in fact would we have to look forward to, aspirations and fantasies are something that we look forward to and aim to achieve and why not? Life would be so boring otherwise.

In terms of high-street - Klein pointed out the obvious - they don't actually create anything new, they simply copy the designers, and thank got they do right? In Topshop for example you can buy clothes and look good for cheap, brilliant.

A point of focus was;

" money is not as important today as it was yesterday"

With this comment I was slightly shocked? But surely money makes the world go round. But does it, really? but his next comment was what made me laugh. " you can spend a lot of money and still look like a bag" but isn't it true, just because you spend a lot of money on something doesn't always mean that you will look fantastic, quite the opposite actually in some cases - take a look in any magazine and you'll see a page on celebs with the title "When bad clothes happened to good people" or "the worst dresses". And with this I totally agree. My ethos - if it looks good it doesn't matter how much it costs of in fact where you got it from.

And with that he the lecture was over - with the round up statement...

"Fashion is a big world" and isn't it just!