Fashion week!

I MADE IT!!!

I actually managed to attend fashion week in February, never would I miss this especially since I missed LCM in January.

The only problem was that with a week left for fashion week I completely forgot, and hadn’t planned any outfits, but I quickly realised that the outfit I wore didn’t matter, I was there to hang out with friends and make new ones.

The first day I went very simple (all black), at first I was quite nervous but I quickly got into the flow of things and started to bump into people I knew from the previous year.

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For the first time ever I managed to get into shows!! I actually managed to do at least one/two shows a day in fact; I honestly still can’t believe it.

Day two was the day of the #Skwad, since it was Saturday this was by far the busiest day and probably the most fun! It was nice to just be surrounded by creative people, who love fashion and to play around with clothing it was truly inspiring.

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The third day I done all black (again!), it was a quieter day compared to Saturday but it was still nice as some people still came over just to say hi and hit a few shows.

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Monday was like the deadest day! Haha you could slowly see the crowds dwindling down, for most part of the day I just wandered around, once it hit around 4pm it got busier and more people showed up.

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Tuesday was by far the most pointless day, and this point no-one was there and in fact me and my friend need up going to a gallery and just had a regular day out!

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Becoming a designer…

Hey! So I’ve finally started to make my garment!!

It was really fun to mess around with a fabric I had never worked with/used before (tulle), I chose to do this because I keep finding myself being inspired by ballet imagery and dancers.

Fashion design is completely new to me and I have no idea what I’m doing but strangely enough I’m not filled with fear and doubt the way I was when I started my foundation, when I’m zoned in pinning the fabric and dragging it around I feel like my whole self and I feel like this is who I am as a person and what I’m meant to be doing…

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I started with a “structure” I made using my leftover calico from a previous project and I feel that this in turn inspired the tulle version, the original idea I had was to make a cute Channel / Audrey Hepburn inspired tulip skirt, but I made something a lot more energetic and “angry”!

I wanted the woman who wore it to look beautiful and “pretty” but still powerful and assertive, and I checked to see if I achieved this by asking people what their opinion would be if they saw a woman wearing it and to my surprise they all said things around the same line!

Fashion design is truly where I shine and feel comfortable/confident, and I will hopefully just get better and better…

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Paper dress !

This was the first time that I actually done fashion on my foundation course! And this was a little project I gave myself! I saw that some of the fashion students had made dresses using tissue paper and card, so I thought I would have a go myself with paper.

I actually didn’t know where to start or what even to do… so I went into the fashion room picked up a Mannequin and took it into my art room, where I had paper and my equipment!

I already had a design in mind from one of my previous sketches so that wasn’t a problem, because this was just a rough draft I decided to just get stuck in! This was a mistake and made the process much longer/harder… Because I didn’t measure things out and didn’t plan before hand I encountered a few problems!

Making the skirt/bottom half of the dress proved to be simple and easy! I just freehanded it and estimated where it should be cut!

But this is where I encountered my first problem! Because I done the bottom half before the top half it meant that the piece of paper used to make the Bodice of the dress would cover the skirt, meaning I wouldn’t get a clean cut finished product! So I ended up taking it all apart and doing the top half first, here is where the second problem comes in! Because the paper doesn’t bend freely or flow like fabric, it ended up completely squaring out the figure of the mannequin, and obviously I didn’t want that, I wanted the dress to show off the shape of the person who wore it!

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I ended up cutting the bodice down into two small triangles, that way the waist of the mannequin was still on show and the dress had body! I put the skirt back on and attached a waist strap to bring attention to the mannequins waistline, for the back I ended up just using one of the cut outs I had and slipped it into the strap I placed around the waist to snatch everything in!

I think for a project that was a rough draft and involved me doing something I had never done before it didn’t come out that bad! But of course next time I know to measure out the sheets before hand and to keep in mind the fact that paper isn’t flexible like fabric!12557681_973985089353252_788534064_o