April 27, 2011

Blogger Style

Blogs are my biggest inspiration.
By looking at these beautiful girls blogs street style is so easy to follow.

Vicky from www.ahashakeheartbreaker.com

Autilia from http://autilia.blogspot.com

Autilia from http://autilia.blogspot.com

Bonnie from http://flashesofstyle.blogspot.com

Bonnie from http://flashesofstyle.blogspot.com

Breanne from http://leflattery.blogspot.com
Cosette from crackcosette.com

Lua from http://le-happy.blogspot.com



Street Stylingg

Here's some picci's of some very stylish girls

My Beautiful Cousin Ruby-Leigh

The Lovely Ashley



The Adorable Bridger


Imogen and Harriet


Liz and Jasmin

Andrea Wolf

Because no likes Sophie and myself, no one answered our emails so we don't have our own interview to show you, but fortunately for us we have some awesome friends who let us use one of there many interviews (obviously people like them ). Anywhoo this interview is with the talented Andrea Wolf.
How did you become interested in Fashion Design? And how do you feel about your achievements?
I wouldn't say I am interested in 'fashion design'. It is the process of creation and construction of garments that interests me. I have been very fortunate in the competitions and opportunities I have won/received, albeit through a lot of hard work, and am proud of my achievements but there is still much more I want to do.

What’s the inspiration behind your ecological approach?
I don't like to think of myself as an 'eco-designer'. Responsible and sustainable design and the creation of beautiful pieces need not be mutually exclusive. My motivation is that I would hate for my designs to have a detrimental effect on the life of someone else and so I try wherever possible to minimize the negative impact.

Who is your favourite designer? 
Yohji Yamamoto, although I prefer his older collections. I love tailoring and have a great admiration for genuine bespoke tailors over many designers. I admire those who design and create with longevity in mind, creating beautiful quality pieces that only look better with age.

As a student, you may understand the struggles behind the economical hardship. How do you feel about celebrities getting all the high-end freebies when they are able to afford those items?
I dislike the notion of celebrity. To celebrate achievement is one thing, to fawn over someone because they are merely well-known is horrible. I cannot imagine dressing someone, anyone, for free just because they are well known. To a designer, the greatest compliment someone can pay is to purchase your pieces as they want to wear them, regardless of their name or status. 

Do you come up with concepts for designs first or is it more of an unplanned thing? How did you bring your inspiration to reality?
My ideas generally come from whatever I'm reading. I tend to have an idea of what I want to create and then I let the piece evolve as I work on it. There's no point forcing something to look like what you've drawn on a piece of paper as it will end up looking contrived.

I have a great admiration for the aesthetics of Japanese design which is based on the principles of imperfection, incompleteness and impermanency and always have this in the back of my mind when designing.

What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now?
I'm still not sure what I want to achieve in the industry as it is constantly evolving. I would like to travel and work internationally and then work on establishing my own label. 

I hope one day to be able to be a positive influence in the industry, as with any other industry, it cannot continue the way in which it currently is without significant social and environmental impacts. Even at the moment, we have a significant skills shortage as the industry continues to send manufacturing offshore rather than cultivating a local skills base.
We cannot continue to pollute waterways and farm lands with harmful dyes and chemicals, to allow people to work for next to nothing in horrendous conditions and to create billions of pieces of 'fast fashion' which end up as landfill within the year. 

What do you have to say to the next generation, particularly for those hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Only if you have conviction in what you are doing, will people pay attention to what you are creating. Immerse yourself in as many aspects of the industry and gain as many skills as you can. Merely being a 'designer' is not enough.

The craft of making garments, for instance tailoring, is rapidly dying out and it is for this generation to continue to absorb and pass on the knowledge to others as it would be a tragedy to lose sight of what this whole industry once was.


April 18, 2011

Do you have a particular fashion style?

Well if you dont give this style a try :)  

I’ve noticed that people have been dressing soo alternative lately and I freeken LOVE ITTT!
I love alternative fashion because people have the freedom to dress how they like and not be tied down the latest trends, actually at the moment there setting the trends and I think it’s awesome :).
If you don’t know what alternative fashion is, here’s a few piccy’s and websites to help you..

April 10, 2011

Oh Please Wont You Come To The Theatre De La Mode With Me?

Theatre de la Mode takes you to Paris, in the 1940s where you feel the emotions and realities of World War II.  The couturiers of Paris came together to create a group of beautifully hand crafted dolls, wearing the latest fashions. It’s amazing how they were made, with paper patterns and any scraps of fabric they could find, the amazing garments are definitely not lacking a single exquisite detail. There was also beautifully realistic sets for the dolls to be placed on.
Dolls like Barbies and Bratz are still used as fashion references these days, children then find inspiration from these dolls to how they would like to dress.

In class we were asked to create our own doll (well the outfit anyway), it had to be in relation to our cultural signpost, Sophie my partner in crime and i had Historical references so i mixed the 1920's and 1930's and came up with this.

I made a low v-neck bodice, with a sleek silky skirt and added a fur shawl which is the 1930's, then added a floral head piece which is the 1920's.

April 6, 2011

Is That a Cultural Signpost?

Historical reference has a huge impact in todays and also the 20th century’s fashion. I was thinking what type of media would people get inspiration from and it clicked….. MOVIESSSS. People saw their favourite stars wearing the costumes in the movies so this inspired them to wear similar clothing and accessories to the characters outfits. Sometimes movies would also influence the change of make-up styles and hair styles. Like in the 60’s the movies Cleopatra and El Cid’s Sophia Loren influences darker eye make-up which became very popular.
Magazines also have a major influence to adding historical flare to your wardrobe as they publish era-styled editorials, for example how to add the 70’s flare to your wardrobe (without over doing it). But of course the early 20th century didn’t have editorials we have today, but they did have costume plates (you can read about costume plates in my previous blog post ‘Harpers What?’). The costume plates showed styles from the past eras which would have influenced designers and readers how to add retro flare to their wardrobe and designs.
Costume plate by Rudolph Ackerman
Twiggy with the latest Dark Eye Make-up Trend

Some other examples of movies influencing fashion aree
Robin hood- Influenced the long flowing dresses and beading in the 1920s
Mark of Zorro- Embellishments on the shoulders, lacey frilly things and embroidered fabrics. Flowers and other headpieces on the side of the hair.

The Scarlet Empress- Influenced the big fur coats and stoles and extravagant, beaded clothing.
Becky Sharp- Lacey, feminine, extravagant styles. I think it influenced a lot of the ruffled layered styles.

Mark of Zorro- Linda Darnells clothing shapes and the way her dresses sat influenced some 40s styles.
Three Musketeers 1844- (Same as above) Had a lot of little shaped collars and bodices fitted to the waist.  

Samson and Delilah- high waists. Cropped bodices.
The Egyptian- fitted, feminine styles (cropped tops, high waists)

Cleopatra- The Egyptian themes influenced the dark, made up eyes of the 60s
The Lion in Winter- Headscarves and boxy fashions
El Cid’s Sophia Loren- influenced dark made up eyes and headscarves

The Godfather- Influenced the big hats and collars of the seventies.

Victor Victoria (about a 1930s women dressing up as a man)- Influenced the tailored styles and big shoulders of the 80s.

Forest Gump- Showed the style of the 60s and 70s. Influenced the use of florals, big collars, lace, halter necks, cropped tops, big hats.