Today was my first day at work experience with Miss Selfridge and it was really exciting, I have met quite a few of the staff members, and designers. From what I can tell it’s a fairly relaxed, but hard working team.
I spent most of the day researching designers from Paris Fashion Week and printing them all off and putting them on mood boards. I think this has also helped me with inspiration for my Indigo work, as I looked at designers that I would not have necessarily have looked at otherwise, and designers that I had never really looked at, or heard of before.
I looked at this Fashion East collection and felt that it linked in really well with my work for Indigo. From this image you can see that there is a strong link to building, and i feel that this has inspired me with my work for Indigo because its nice to see building prints on a dress and looking feminine.
Julien Macdonald was another designer that i discovered today. i was drawn to the collection because of the shapes that have been created through the use of print design. I particularly love this dress because it has insipred me for my second collection for Indigo. I still want to look at bulidings, and bule prints, but i like the idea of having a second colelction that is full of very bold shapes, with hints of the blue prints within those designs.
Wow! Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 An absolute must see! Its stunning.
After creating quite a few drawings like this I have started to experiment with placement prints. These are two examples of the style of print that i have been thinking about.
After looking at my print designs i have decided that i want to develop them further. Instead of just designing print designs i have decided to look more at the shapes within the designs and make them into different techniques e.g. certain lines that have been drawn could become pleats, and dots that have been drawn could become beading etc. This makes the work much more experimental, therefore i am much more likely to learn and develop as a student, therefore my work will benefit from this.
I have been thinking about my dissertation a lot this week, my session on Monday was actually really helpful, i am now clear about what i want my dissertation to be on and i have a starting point, which is motivating me to move on with it.
The dissertation will be on non gender specific clothing within the fashion world and how tailoring and print design can be used to emphasise this.
For my main project i have decided to focus on developing my drawings for print design.
I have been drawing from imagery of architectural forms, specifically looking at blue prints of old buildings. i feel that this works well with my style of drawing because i feel that my best drawings are always simple line drawings that can be built up and worked on to create a bigger, more interesting drawing, which can then either inspire me to create a print or fashion design, or i can then change that drawing into a print design.
Visiting the V&A museum earlier this week http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/Future_Fashion_Now/index.html
has really made me think about how important my work is this year, this is my final year and i need to make sure that i do the best that i possibly can develop as much as i possibly can in this last year.
The show itself from the graduates was gorgeous and there were designs in there that i was particularly drawn to - especially this one - http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/58552-popup.html
I was particularly drawn to the print design that was printed onto the jacket.
The powerful structural form of the jacket is a lovely contrast to the light golden lines of the print, yet the print itself was very powerful, as i found myself looking more at the print design than at the tailoring of the jacket.