Doctor who

Doctor who by Esquerade
Doctor who, a photo by Esquerade on Flickr.

This is my design, that I came up with inspired by my love for doctor who!

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Geek Chic!

As any one who has met me will probably tell you, I’m a bit odd and totally obsessed with Disney  sci-fi, anime and games. I have a great influence from these things. Today I was listening to Chameleon Circuit (a band that write songs about the television series Doctor Who) and I remembered I had bought some cyber-man earrings from a shop called Geek Chic, in Pokesdown. It was a lovely shop and for any one that is a true Geek like myself you will understand when you walk in, its like a sweet shop! Dresses with Daleks, necklaces of the doctor, Star wars and even comic book characters! So After listening to a few more songs, I became inspired to create a Doctor who themed outfit to go with with my earrings, I decided to base it on the David Tenants incarnation of the doctor as he truly is my favourite (So Far!) So I decided to go for a suit style dress, brown, blue with a red tie and white high tops!  I also added three blue strips to each as the Doctors suit is a pinstripe style and finally must have a Tardis Bag, because every girl needs a bag bigger on the inside.

 

My fabric swatch book

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After going to the london trip I put together a book all my heart watches I wanna make a cover for it how about it later and a brown ribbon with beads and sequins, I made the colour scheme of the cover match my project theme.

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My moodboard

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This is my finished moodboard expressing my colors and styles for the project

My First Fashion Sketchbook

I have finally completed my sketchbook! I think it looks pretty good, although it still has alot of textile influences in it. I think its a good basis to start developing my own sketchbook style. I found it very difficult to not annotate as much as I used to have to do in my old textile sketchbook. However, I enjoyed being able to design garments through out my research and using it to develop my designs. I have created this video so you can see the entire of my hard work!

My lookbook

I have created a look book page which will be updated pretty often! The links to my latest looks will be on the left hand column under the title lookbook. I started it for fun, and to start getting a bit more confident in my style, as there’s many outfits I’ve dreamed of wearing but i guess I haven’t had the confidence to wear. So if I test run them on the lookbook page if it gets a few hypes, then I’ll take it its safe to wear in public! I had allot of fun with these photo shoots, my house mate and I played around in the garden, please note neither of us are photographers! so don’t judge the photo quality haha!

http://lookbook.nu/esquerade

“Communicate with the fabric” Shingo Sato

Today we had a presentation by Shingo Sato, A Japanese Designer and Pattern Cutter. I found his work truly inspiration, using very simple and easy techniques to create unique darts and shapes, practically sculpted from the fabric. I think Shingo’s work is fun and interesting taking an ordinary bodice design and create something futuristic, going against the normal dart positions and styles.  I can’t wait to give some of his techniques ago, it gave me so much inspiration for dresses that I want to make for myself! With Christmas coming up what better time to make a new party dress. I was truely fascinated by Shingo Sato’s work and I’m sure you will be in awe by it to!

This is a link to his website and youtube account:

http://www.trpattern.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/trpattern

Children in need

Helping out fundraising with my pudsey ears pudsey top and bright yellow scarf lets raise lots

Half Full or Half Empty?

I think its getting a little full!

I think my book is getting a bit full after sticking samples of fabric manipulation and lots of beads, feathers, fur and chains!

Fashion is a Art Statement

Slavery is a difficult subject, especially when using it as inspiration, as it effected many peoples life  As I have started to look into the Slave trade beads and slavery. I wanted to research what other fashion designers have been inspired by the history of slavery, if any. After a lot of research, I came across a few examples of slavery in fashion, and what peoples reactions to the work was. For example, Adidas released a shoe, which they later withdrew, because people had felt offended and felt the company were “ignorant” for releasing such a design. The design in question was designed by Jeremy Scott, which featured a adidas high top, with bright orange shackles, the audience found the shackles resembled chains that were worn by slaves, and the bright colours seemed to make the shoes seem light hearted and jokey towards the horrible past of slavery  Although Jeremy Scott had stated that his work was in fact inspired by toys and his childhood memories. After looking at the toy he was inspired by called, My pet Monster. I can see how he came to his final design idea, with the use of purple and bright plastic orange cuffs. the toy being originally marketed as a toy for young boys in the 1980-90’s you can see why the shoe, is bright coloured and in fact doesn’t seem to hint at slavery in any particular way. I think the fault, was in the marketing as the shoe was pictured with the line “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” This has no reference to the original source of inspiration and with just the words, “lock your kicks to your ankles” it sounds rather harsh and gives the image of imprisonment.

http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/fashion/adidas-shackle-sneakers-create-controversy-185000146.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160977/Adidas-unveiling-new-trainer-orange-shackles-like-worn-black-slaves.html

I also came across Alexander Mcqueen 1997 spring/summer collection, which featured a model walking down stairs in a metal restricting manacle, which looked very difficult and even painful to walk in. Many of the audience and people who viewed it linked the idea to slavery, which Alexander Mcqueen denied, as he actually meant for it to imitate a puppets movement. As mentioned in the book “Fashion at the Edge” By Caroline Evans.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=w9Uu3CzAllEC&pg=PA142&dq=alexander+mcqueen+slavery&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cHORUODWNoHM0AWlq4GICg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=alexander%20mcqueen%20slavery&f=false

http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/video/

I also came across another designer, Carlotta Actis Barone, who was inspired by slavery and racism, her colour palette for her outfits being different shades of skin colours. The clothing was inspired by slaves work clothes but she emphasised the size of the shoulders, which showed the muscle and strength the slaves had. She also used the slave for sale advertisements as undergarments. I feel this might be to show how we have tried to hide the past but it is still there in every one just beneath other things. I think she is brave to create a collection with such a controversial subject. Although I think fashion should be used in this way, if people do not bring up things from the past then how are we to remember them and learn from them for the future. We cannot hide everything. I think this collection is respectful towards the slaves, which I think needs to be done as these people suffered for no rightful reason.

http://katchmedia.wordpress.com/tag/fashion/

http://www.carlottaactisbarone.com/