Step into Spring in style in this acid bright pencil skirt from the Burda Pattern magazine– available as a downloadable pdf.
Exquisite beauties Maggie Cheung as Flying Snow & Zhang Ziyi as Moon duel in scarlet in Zhang Yimou‘s 2002 visually lavish film Hero to introduce our Sewing Techniques term project Better off Red!
‘Red is the foundation of makeup, it’s lips and fingernails. Red is a noble colour, the colour of a precious stone – rubies – as well as the colour of danger, and sometimes you have to play with danger. Red is a religious colour, it’s the colour of blood, the colour of royalty, Phaedra and so many other heroines. The red of fire and the red of battle- red is a battle between death and life.’ Yves Saint Laurent
Inspired by this most passionate of colours & in celebration of Valentino’s 50 years in fashion produce your own little red dress! Using Fall/Winter 2012-2013 trends select a silhouette & create a moodboard to support your design. In consultation with your tutor choose a pattern and fabric to create your statement in red. You will buy fabric & all notions, create the dress in muslin for fit & then in your chosen fabric. Record your inspirations & progress on your blog.
Valentino has launched his virtual museum– here’s a sneak preview of the wonders within.
Download the archive here
Browse the library for Valentino: a Grand Italian Epic & Valentino’s Magic & if you haven’t seen it yet check out the dvd collection for Valentino: the Last Emperor
Due: presentation of moodboard, illustration & dress in class 11th April
Grading: moodboard & illustration 25% innovation & trend 10% visual presentation on blog 25% finishing 40%
Modern Masterpiece: Draping mini project
Like Kraftwerk be captivated by the beauty of technology. Using modernist artists and designers of the 1920s and 1960s as inspiration you will design and make a modern masterpiece for your 21st century muse. Think clean lines and bold colour blocking. Look at Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Art Deco, Matisse’s papercuts, Josef Albers, Rothko…
YSL, Courrèges, Pierre Cardin…
but don’t stay stuck in the past- use the most innovative trend research from Textile View for Spring/Summer 2013…
and draping techniques from Tomoko Nakamachi and Shingo Sato to ensure your design is up to the minute fashion!
Due: presentation of work including draping plan, full-size pattern, technical drawing, illustration, moodboard and completed garment in class 6th March
Grading: moodboard & illustration 25% innovation & trend 10% technical drawing 15% visual presentation on blog 15% finishing 35%
What better way to top off your outfit than with a fascinator?
In this video Mary Jane Baxter, author of Chic on a Shoestring, shows how to create your own stylish headpiece in less than an hour.
Feeling even more crafty? Check out this millinery tutorial from Threads Magazine– in the library every month.
Thinking about sewing supplies? Remember many suppliers give student discount like Joann Fabrics & New York’s Sew True where this super cute tailors’ chalk is from.
Haven’t we seen this nail varnish somewhere before?
Jason Wu for Target launches this Sunday- wish our creations came to life so magically!
I Want Candy! Freshman Sewing Techniques mini project
The energy of 1980’s new wave band Bow Wow Wow is unleashed for Summer 2012– acid brights, punk styling and the spirit of playfulness graced the catwalks at Christopher Kane, Viktor & Rolf & Betsey Johnson. The energy of punk D-I-Y & 21st century ethical fashion meet in this recycled fashion project. Look to designers Gary Harvey and Angela Johnson who recycle discarded clothing to create fabulous eco-friendly fashion pieces. Using trend research and your own fabulous fashion sense collect thrift pieces in this season’s candy brights to rework into an upcycled garment for Spring/Summer 2012. Create a moodboard to support your design & record the trashion transformation. Don’t be shy- studs, glitter & frou frou are the order of the day!
Christopher Kane. Viktor & Rolf. Betsey Johnson. S/S 2012
Gary Harvey designs couture pieces that highlight unethical working conditions in the fashion industry & promote recycling: Black T-shirt dress. Baseball Puffball dress. Hawaiian shirt dress & corset.
Angela Johnson makes innovative eco-friendly gowns from thrifted t-shirts: grey ruffle party dress, rainbow finale, 2 tshirt ruffle neck dresses.
Check out the library for styles & techniques to upcycle unwanted pieces:
Born Again Vintage– Bridgett Artise & Jen Karetnick. T-Shirt Makeovers– Sistahs of Harlem. Denim Revolution– Nancy Minsky. Rip It! Elissa Meyrich.
Last year’s class had a fun time recycling- check out some of their work here:
For more ethical fashion check out http://www.ecouterre.com/
Due: presentation of work including fashion illustration, moodboard & completed garment in class February 13th
Grading: moodboard 15% Illustration 15% innovation & trend 10% visual presentation on blog 20% finishing 40%
We love patterncutters with novel approaches to the human form. Tomoko Nakamichi a former professor at Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College works with draping and flat patterns to create clean sculptural pieces- check the college library for her book Pattern Magic.
Shingo Sato also inspires with his fabric manipulation using a technique he calls Transformational Reconstruction, a system that encourages experimentation and embraces those ‘mistakes’ we often make in the design studio. Watch him at work on his beautiful ribbon dress design.
Remember in our History of Fashion course we talked about how paper patterns developed in the 19th century for home dressmakers. Burda magazine started producing paper patterns in 1952 and continues today, along with a website and blog featuring trends, competitions, designer diaries and free projects- we love those! Vintage lovers check out this free downloadable pattern for 1933 undies.