Inspired by flowers, the draping class are working on a project ‘How does your garden grow?‘
For your delectation & delight here is some work from last year‘s draping class:
Feeling the urge to create? Make sure to skip to the library for these books full of ornamentation & decorative techniques: Zoya Nudelman‘s The Art of Couture Sewing & Mary Adams’ The Party Dress.
Nudelman‘s book reviews the history of couture, introduces appropriate fibres, fabrics & supplies, covers couture construction techniques- including a chapter on corsets– & gives instructions for fabric manipulations & embellishments.
Adams‘ book tells the story of her fashion studies, inspiring travels & couture creations & promises to give you the methods to sew the ‘best dress in the room.’
Be inspired by flowers of all kinds from the English country garden to the hanging gardens of Babylon… As Spring beckons visit Buffalo Botanical Gardens; prepare to be surprised when you take a nano-view at the flowers. Look for interesting three-dimensional forms and collect images that inspire fashionable draped designs. You are designing a draped gown for Spring/Summer 2013 so be mindful of trends in fabric, colour and silhouette.
Virtually visit other inspiring gardens; Monet‘s garden at Giverny, The Humble Adminstrator‘s garden at Suzhou, Vita Sackville-West‘s white garden at Sissinghurst, the palace gardens at Versailles….
Make a flower-themed moodboard. Prepare a full-size drape in muslin. Construct in your chosen fashion fabric. Draw a fashion illustration of your final design.
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%
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!
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.