Friday, 4 July 2014

Glutton for Punishment

My, my, how I always seem to overplan/overestimate just how much I am able to accomplish. Long overdue, is this post, I have been a very bad blogger. Neglecting this blog has maybe been a denial of my inability to complete what I've set out to do. I don't need to explain myself, but the last 6 months have been incredibly tumultuous. There have been great ups, and not-so-great downs. But, hey, c'est la vie

In my last post I set out three things that I wanted to accomplish at least one of:
a) Make more of my own clothesb) Participate in more competitions to gain recognition of my workc) Get a part-time job

Unfortunately it looks like this will be another rambly post, but hey-ho. 

I can say that in half a year I have managed to achieve merely one of those things. I finally got myself a part-time job, although it is no longer the case, it was a wonderful experience. I was able to work within the fashion industry alongside my studies. 

Speaking of...I am so incredibly excited to share with you the final outcomes of my last term's project, I'm not allowed to at this moment in time, but keep your eyes peeled. It is something that I am indescribably proud of, and hopefully it reflects the work that is to come.

Now that summer is out I have plenty more time to re-kindle my lust for life, do what I want to do and, live life to the full. To quote Thoreau: "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life"

This summer I have big plans:

a) Really, actually, make my own clothes. 
b) Internship
c) Find a(nother) part-time job

Oh yeah, one last one...

d) Don't neglect blog

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Ambitions, ambitions.

Despite nearly killing myself with the workload in the previous term, I have decided, perhaps na├»vely, that I need to accomplish more in my time. Carpe diem, as they say. I want to do more of what I want to do, whilst still accomplishing what I need to do. Resting has re-kindled my love for life, the eagerness to do and see everything! Therefore, it is not only my goal to achieve good grades in the second term, but to accomplish at least one of the following things:

a) Make more of my own clothes
b) Participate in more competitions to gain recognition of my work
c) Get a part-time job

Perhaps it's all the festivities that have surrounded me this glorious time of year that have inspired this decision; maybe I'm already anticipating New Years and the resolutions that it will dictate. Even though these things make me excited and eager to continue onto the next term, I worry that these extra activities will be the straw that breaks the camel's perfectionist back. I suppose that my first resolution should be: set accomplishable resolutions. And then actually complete them.

I also need to be less terrified of applying for jobs. I need to be less terrified, full-stop. How do I expect to get anywhere if I'm not willing to push the boat out?

Sorry about the almost completely unrelated ramblings today. Maybe I should take up journal writing instead so that this blog doesn't become a random stream of my consciousness.

Merry early Christmas!

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Long Time No Speak...

I have been rather rubbish at posting lately, and I realised yesterday that it is coming up to almost two months since my latest post. During those two months, Project Runway has ended and the third all stars season commenced. I will not be doing catch-up posts, however I would like to explain myself for my absence.

Earlier this year, I embarked on my second year of university. Second course, first year. This term, I have been determined to prove my worth and skills and have therefore been working everyday, almost non-stop on this project. Whilst some may say that my course is easier than womenswear, I disagree. Your course is as easy or as difficult as you make it, it's all relative. If you do the bare minimum, any course can be considered easy; being proactive is the difficult part. Having pushed myself to the extremes this term - two all-nighters in four days - I would think that my course can be just as difficult as womenswear, if not more.

I have learnt so much in terms of portfolio and design development, and have had a huge eye-opener for what it takes to succeed, and do well on a fashion design degree course. A lot of work...that's what.

Anywho, here is a link to my flickr where all my portfolio work from this term is located. Take a look if you'd like to, unfortunately I didn't have time to photograph my 3D outcomes on the mannequin before presenting them on the hangers but I will upload pictures at a later date.


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p.s. I have decided that this blog will now be more focused on my work, pattern cutting and dressmaking as opposed to Project Runway and fashion week trends. There will, of course, be elements of this still incorporated but they will take the back seat.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Project Runway Season 12 EP12 Recap/Review

The semi-final episode. This challenge was the avant garde challenge. Designers were taken to a butterfly exhibit where they would take inspiration from the butterflies and from there design an avant garde look to secure their place in the final. Additionally, they were thrown a curve ball and asked to remake a losing look from one of the designers that were voted off previously this season.

There was no top and bottom three this episode, however there were two that secured a place in the final three and the remaining designers were to battle it out, en typical Project Runway style.

Two of Three

Two of the three designers that will be showcased at Mercedes Fashion Week will be Bradon McDonald, and Dom Streater.

I absolutely adored both looks! Bradon's avant garde look was inspired by the fluttering movement of the butterflies and so he created silk rolls that emulated the catching of the movement in one's peripheral vision. The corsetry in the back is stunning, and I can't seem to get over the draping and folds of the dress. Nevertheless, I am also in love with Dom's look. There is something quite oriental about her look and it could only have been her to mix and match those patterns successfully.

The designers to compete for the final spot

From top to bottom: Alexandria von BromssenHelen Castillo, and Justin LeBlanc. Justin's second look was actually his losing look, and whilst I'm not the biggest fan of this look, I commend him on his bravery and courage in choosing the look that resulted in his elimination.

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(>'.'<)  x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Reality and Prevalence of Fashion Today.

Yesterday marked the first lecture that I did not almost fall asleep in. It was interactive and interesting and explored the subject of fashion today.
"Everything is design. Everything is a commercial, financial opportunity."
Therefore design is a commercial, financial opportunity? What a shame it is today that so many people fall into the trap that is money and gluttony (no judgement, I myself am victim to the alluring clutches of fast fashion and finance).

The lecturer introduced the idea that the main cause for the huge gap between the expensive, unattainable designer clothes and the cheap, every-changing high street is that we no longer need but rather want.

Want, want, want. For a society with so much access to the media and the web, it is no wonder that there is so much focus on what we want. This, of course, is constantly changing thus creating a great demand. But since when was it okay for our wants to be so conventional? We live in an age of homogenisation where there is little diversity, and that which exists in the world of fashion is merely a show, a half-hearted attempt at being different. Why should it be different to have diversity?

We want to be different and therefore we aspire for the unattainable - see designer sweaters made to the same standard of high street ones. Bringing up the debate of fashion vs. clothing. The difference being that fashion is innovative and clothing is what many people perceive to be fashion. Fashion is high end, the pioneers, the ones dictating the trends putting out the ideas; whereas clothing is a copycat version of fashion, one that is cheaper to make, cheaper to buy, and of cheaper quality.

What is it that makes fashion?

To be honest, I don't know...the industry is so fast-paced and I do not have enough knowledge about the industry and it's history to give a valid answer.

All I can hope is that one day, I will be able to fully grasp the difference. For now, I can only guess...

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