Thursday, June 3, 2010

Digital Pirnting Tests

I tested out my prints on the uni printer today!! And even though the colours are off, it is exciting to see them in real actual scale and how they work together. And I think they do work together! I am very happy with the way they turned out. 

maxi dress

I had a big struggle with this one, since I came up with the drawing first. That's always the trouble when you do a cool looking drawing and translating that into patterns. So I started to drape it and the first toile was a big fail and looked like a massive mou mou (is that how you spell it?). Second toile, it's looking better, still not the drawing, but I think it has moved away from it in a good way. The fabric will be silk crepe de shin and will be printed in my lily print which I tested out today at uni and it looked great (although the uni printer's colours were a bit off). That will be in another blog.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Range Line Up Draft

This is a draft of my 12 look collection line up. It will definitely evolve over time, but for now this is it. Please don't mind the rough sketches, the blue with magenta is the lily print and the lime and orange with brown is supposed to be the print of the sandstone wall.

My Prints in Progress.

So I've finally drawn up some designs for my line work prints that are going to be on chiffon.
This one was just random doodling with the intention that it may turn into something good.
This one works a lot better with my digital prints. This is going to go on chiffon which is then layered over ombre and my digital prints. 
This is still early stages and it may all change. I will post more pics as I go along. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Marc Jacobs Documentary 2007

I know this is not new, but I only recently watched it, so I it is new to me. It provides a great insight into Marc Jacobs' creative process and it is interesting for me (aspiring fashion designer) to see how his mind works and to also see that he doesn't just sit in a big office telling people what to do. He is very involved in the toiling, fabric choosing and overall design process. It is unbelievable that he can do this for 2 labels, so that's 4 collections a year. And he looks very exhausted. Is fashion moving too fast?

And Marc Jacobs is actually steaming...

Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Blog

This week has been the week of researching through museums, and I discovered this great blog. It is the fashion blog for Metropolitan Museum of Art, although it is no longer getting updated, browsing through its contents is still quite satisfying and inspiring. It has historical dress, and how contemporary designers are translating this and also unusual designs mostly from very well known names like Rei Kawakubo and Vivienne Westwood.

Tao Kurihara 1973 for Tao Comme Des Garcons 
Vivenne Westwood 2005-2006 'Propaganda' Dress.
Vivienne Westwood doing such a pretty pink dress?

All images courtesy of 

Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Archive

I recently stumbled upon the Kyoto Costume Institute website, where they have a digital historical archive you can download. It is very easy to browse through, it is categorised into era and its predominate silhouette. It is a great reference to have handy for historical dress. There are so any interesting costumes in this archive from 1700s to 1940s. There's also accessories and footwear.