Thursday, September 15, 2011

Music as our inspiration

So in our final artweek of this degree, we approached storyboards in a slightly different way. We had to instead of the usual resources, use music as our means of design. We had to interpret them in our own way by listening to six very different songs and design accordingly, only with the song legnth in which to design. It was alot more difficult than thought out to be, but in the end who doesnt like a good challenge. It also taught us how to design under pressure, just as we would have to in a business enviroment. we then had to pick one of the figures we created and interpret the design further and construct our final storyboard. 

Below is my six designs, my final storyboard and my moodboard.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The life and times of Cristobal Balenciaga

“Balenciaga achieved what is considered to be his most important contribution to the world of fashion: a new silhouette for women.”

Born on the 21st of January 1895, in a town known as Guetaria in Spain, Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish Fashion Designer went on and founded the historical fashion house known simply as Balenciaga. He was said to be known as a couturier of categorical standards and developed the reputation of being the utmost finest in his craft. He was respected by many leading fashion designers for his knowledge and effortless perfectionism. Throughout the mid twentieth century, Cristobal radically contributed in the change of the women’s silhouette, moving it away from the previous and dominant Christian Dior “New Look”.

At a very early age, Balenciaga became notably skilled at his trade by learning from his mother, Martina Eizaguirre Embil, who was an extraordinary seamstress. He grew up within a very privileged and fortunate household and through his parents he was able to meet many influential individuals who indirectly assisted him on his path to inevitable success. He was designing and constructing exceptionally complicated work by twelve years old and at the tender age of fourteen, Balenciaga, retained his very first client, Marquesa de Casa Torres, the most influential and prominent women in his town. From then on his success and career grew to astonishing heights and in 1914, Cristobal opened his first Boutique in San Sebastián, Spain. Along with Martina; the Spanish royal family and various different aristocrats also favoured and wore his impeccable creations, allowing for his work to become a lot more publicly recognized.

The household name became progressively successful over the next two decades, but due to the Spanish Civil war, Balenciaga was forced to close down his boutique and move to Paris, the most accredited fashion capital of the world. Due to his previous accomplishments and connections in his hometown, Cristobal found success very quickly and within a year already went on to open up his Couture Fashion House in 1937.

Cristobal Balenciaga’s very first fashion show took place in 1937 on Avenue George V Atelier, pioneering a fine-looking collection compromising of designs which were profoundly inspired by the Spanish Renaissance. Cristobal wanted to pay tribute to his native country and all who had taught him and indirectly assisted him in becoming tremendously successful in his venture. For this first couture runway show he drew particular inspiration from the famous painter, Diego Velázquez was and featured his famous Infanta gown inspired by the costumes of young Spanish princesses. This first show was the preceding to how Balenciaga carried out his life’s work by interpretation through various different historical styles. From then on Balenciaga became a household name throughout the world, and the French named him to be a revolutionary and innovatory.

During WWII many would travel abroad and on some occasions would risk their lives just to catch a glimpse of the highly sought after master pieces. One particular creation was Balenciaga’s square coat which was cut with a one piece sleeve and a single yoke and was made in either a combination of black and brown or black lace over a bright pink fabric.

Along with this jacket Cristobal created many other designs such as the balloon jacket, the chemise dress, the cocoon skirt, the balloon skirt and the sack dress. These designs consisted of fluidity and grace and his approach to fashion was a lot more linear and streamlined. This was tremendously different from the previous designs of Christian Dior, and the ever so popular “New Look” which promoted a more curvy and hourglass shape to fashion. Balenciaga made this change by dropping the waistline and widening the shoulders and ultimately went on to completely alter the silhouette of women’s clothing from then onwards. He later then went on to create the kimono and the empire line, which has had such an overwhelming impact on fashion design, and most designers still incorporate some of Balenciaga’s inventions and  creations in their collections today.

Amongst Cristobal’s design ability, he also had the talent in manipulating fabric in ways which no previous designer had ever come to envisage. He had the ability to drape, cut and fit fabric without ever having to produce an original pattern. This was a quality and talent which was strongly admired and sought after by famous designers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, who gained a new found respect for the Spanish designer. Cristobal appreciated the more difficult fabrics and enjoyed working with heavier textiles and ornately embroidered fabrics and enjoyed unique and innovative challenges. 

These designs however were a lot more lavish and had a much larger price tag, allowing them only to be purchased and worn by the much more affluent civilians of the time, such as Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor.

In the summer of 1968, Cristobal made the decision to close down his fashion house and showcased his final collection which comprised of his love for fabric and textiles in innovative original designs. His final works encompassed intensely sculptural fantasies that allowed one to think seriously about the real people who inhabited them. The creations paid close attention to the way fabric was manipulated and each design told a story of its own. His final collection was also said to be partially inspired by the late Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cook book ... Phase 2

So as you may have noticed in a previous post... we were given the assignment where 'food' was the objective of design. We needed to create clothing or accessories out of any type of food where possible. Although a messy business,, I created a cabbage and chilli ensemble for a main and a whipped cream and strawberry creation for dessert. Both turned out really well, and was quite impressed with my photoshopped end result.

Here is the main course recipe...

The dessert recipe...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The final drape....

Well, as my degree and time at FEDISA is starting to draw to a close.... I am relieved to say that I am in my final art week,,,, and although it was incredibly inspirational this past year... I am excited to finally get a decent nights sleep. As my final drapery project, we were given the freedom to create anything we desired.... except only being allowed to use 10 by 10 cm square pieces of fabric.

I decided to base my designs around two people who have fallen in love, but cannot be together, and is portrayed through her eyes. Her wedding dress is no longer in perfect condition as she has been running through the misty forest for ages, trying to escape her torment and sorrow. Although her heart is batted and bruised, she is still beautiful. The white on the dress symbolises her purity and love, whereas the black, her sadness and despair.

The name of my drapery is Ethreal Romantics, and we were also asked to submit a moodboard which corresponded with our design.

Till next time...

Saturday, August 27, 2011


‘PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’
"Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment."
Each year, millions of animals of various different breeds are slaughtered in the most inhumane ways possible, purely for the greed of the human race. These poor creatures are shunned from any sort of life, either by factory farms; for their meat, or in the clothing trade, solely for their skins. Although these are the two main areas in which animal abuse is primarily focused on, the exploitation of these animals does unfortunately delve much deeper than most of humanity actually come to know. There are many different animal organizations located in various parts of the world, all which are taking a stand against animal mistreatment in some way or another. Currently one of the largest operating organizations in the world is PETA – who are  fighting solely for the ethical treatment of animals and defending the right to which these animals have. They are based in the USA, but operate on a global scale, making the public become more aware of what animals actually endure to satisfy humanity’s gluttony.
Starting with factory farming, pigs, sheep, cows and chickens above all suffer and endure incomprehensible levels of pain and mutilation for the ‘need’ to satisfy human consumption. Pigs alone are kept in confined spaces for extended periods of time. This is in order to feed their young and is on the most part never allowed to sit or  stand and are ultimately forced to lie on their sides for six to eight weeks, developing unsightly sores and diseases. Once they are no longer required they are pulled out of their cage and either left to die, or are hung and then later discarded. Most piglets are then taken to be slaughtered, where the other are disposed of by bashing their heads against brick walls or stomped on until death occurs. The reason this takes place, is that factory farms find it to be the cheaper alternative to either stunning or shooting them. Either way, both methods are extremely stressful for these animals and they are aware and have the ability to understand what is about to happen to them. In the United States alone a shocking 283 383 chickens alone are slaughtered daily by means of a convey belt which decapitates them. Prior to this slaying they are kept in extremely overcrowded spaces and will only have the opportunity to have life for 28 days before death. The above mentioned facts is only to name a few of the torturous acts directed towards livestock today.
The clothing trade today is currently one of the most debateable and controversial topics of discussion around. Many people are still for the use of real fur in today’s fashion industry, but more importantly more and more of mankind are taking a stand against the use of this fur within the industry. The fact that animals are electrocuted, strangled and skinned alive in order to prance around in a coat, are encouraging people to take the faux fur industry to higher levels. In China alone, over 4000 dogs and cats are skinned alive each day for their fur and they are also currently ranked as to have on  e of the highest slaughter rates in the world. Other animals used within the clothing trade include, for their fur: beavers, chinchillas, foxes, minks, rabbits, raccoons, seals and bears. Exotic animals such as snakes and crocodiles are slaughtered for their leather as well as livestock such as sheep slayed for their wool.
Many campaigns have been conducted in order to reduce the fur industry and celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian-Odom, Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Madison and Pamela Anderson just to name a few have stripped down to fight for animal rights. The debate in todays civilization is that there are so many faux furs available in todays market that the need for the real ‘thing’ is no longer actually required.
Although factory farming and the clothing industry is amongst the worst abuse one can find, there are other areas which also need to be made more public. Animals are enslaved, beaten and kept in chains in order to satisfy human entertainment and they are also mutilated, poisoned and blinded for scientific research. Cruel sports, such as bull fighting and dog-fighting are another concern which is quickly growing in statistics around the world. These animals are forced to participate in these activities for entertainment purposes and are subjected to lifetimes of aggression and abuse. Debatably circuses are also another area in which the term abuse is also stipulated, as many believe that animals have the right to roam free and to not be restrained to confined spaces.
In laboratories all over the world animals are being used purely in the name of science and spend their lives in cages being mutilated and abused. A picture which has shocked the world with regards to animal testing was that of a monkey who was confined to a test tube and subjected to various experiments in order to see how long a product would last if placed on humans. The animal was subjected to extreme heat conditions as well as freezing temperatures. This case is one of millions which subject animals to laboratory abuse and many people are still unaware of what actually takes place within.
Although much has been done to campaign the abuse directed towards animals, the exploitation does unfortunately continue. Hopefully we can look forward to a world where animals also have a voice and no longer have to be subjected to mankind’s greed. However, this seems hesitant due to the fact that mankind disgustingly feels entitled to simply whatever they want and require. We need to go back in time and remember who was here first? And what gives us the right? 

Till next time... 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A new perspective...

We were given an assignment about three weeks ago where learning about perspective was the main element. We forever watch models grace the runways in amazing fashion and always only draw and create the garments and outfits... except this time we had to pay a little credit to the models :) We had to within their correct perspective forms had to draw three models on a runway and make it look as realistic as possible.. A little trickier than originally thought out to be. I chose to draw the models all the same size and then scan and edit their sizes on Photoshop... This turned out to be the best way possible. 

Here is the result...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Quirky Love Affair

Our most recent storyboard assignment revolved around creating a wedding look for a bride and groom, inspired by celebrity weddings. I chose to base my designs and couple around Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

For these particular boards, I chose to step out of my neutral comfort zone and create something completely out of the ordinary... and after being challenged by Miss M, I decided to add a quirky rock element, which ended up being better suited in matching my celebrity couple in the end.

Here is the quirky end result :)

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Something a little different...

So we were recently given a new assignment, nothing new... except it was a little more interesting. we were tasked with creating a FEDISA cookbook .. using food as our inspiration and create a starter, main and desert course with all the ingredients placed on a person in an interesting and intriguing way. My dear friend Amy, agreed to model for me and here are my first two pages....the front cover and the starter...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Life's Tiny Pleasures . . .

So in our first art week of term three we were given another storyboard assignment in which we had to create and design outfits which would actually resemble a specific clients actual traits. We could choose from three very different types of woman and design two possible looks for them. I chose the 'congenial girl'.. a more down to earth, outdoorsy woman who enjoyed reading and horse riding... 

Below are the two look boards and my trend book... 

So i am also busy finishing up my 5th garment now ...only three more to go!!! yay
Will post pictures soon soon..

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Millionaire must haves.... ahhh to dream

Sooo... All the items below are well over....300 POUNDS ..and that's only starting with the ring pieces... if only ...

(all images taken from