Here is my current book work, with new influences. After speaking with Kiereine on a weekly basis and getting influences from both her and Irene, I have found it very hard to make this project relevant and seem ongoing. I know when I get home I want to re create this project with a different brief and very different outcomes. But making a garment for this project within the time frame I have found very challenging. I have recently discovered new artists on Vogue that I have found very influential in my work, which has helped me to create elements of my final piece. However, I am not sure if you will understand were my ideas have come from in my book, this is because I have felt very limited with resources. Take a look at these new artists:
Viktoria Tisza is a Budapest based fashion designer. She launched her brand in 2012, mainly focusing on women’s swim wear. She applies exciting fabrics and designs pure forms with some futuristic ideas. In her latest collections she has been experimenting with new technologies and created moulded pieced of silicone rubber, a versatile material, that supports her sci-fi ambience concepts.
I found Inspiration in her work because of the unique fabrics and textures used. I love her designs as it borders on the edge of nudity, which I find interesting, with detail to surface pattern shapes/textures, shoulder shapes and interesting skirt shapes. I think these are very unique which I like a lot.
Wantanabe was born in Japan in 1961, He graduated from Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion Institute in 1984. He immediately joined Comme des Garcons, the company run by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. In 1992, he started showing his own collection under the Comme des Garcons label, and since then his individuality has become his trademark. He has a very futuristic style, giving his clothes an irregular touch through random tucking and pleating, or rushing.
I was really inspired by the interesting surface patterns here and shapes, because they were slightly crazy. And I found inspiration in the fabrics, using mesh and other like fabrics. After seeing inspiration of pleats here and looking at architecture I decided I want to try this for myself. However, with little access to internet sights, or books. I have decided to wait till I get home and complete work experience to get more in depth knowledge of this technique.
Clio Sage is a graduate from Barnards College in Columbia. She majored in architecture but applies her technical training to artistic mediums. Her latest and now primary focus has been using her architectural background as a point of influence for her fashion design, building clothes out of unconventional apparel materials through laser cut and hand work.
I was really inspired by her influence of Architecture and Unconventional fabrics and methods of constructing clothes that could be perhaps something else. I thought the idea was interesting and reminded me of the recent work of Issey Miyake, which I love.
During his younger years, he studied French Literature, before deciding he wanted to become a fashion designer. He then moved to studied at the Royal Art academy, before moving to Belgium. Later he was offered the opportunity to work as a pattern cutter at Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garcons. He was able to interact with Kawakubo, allowing him to develop personal creations.
I was really inspired by his unusual surface patterns, and in particular the constructions including pleats and caged constructions. Which I thought worked well with the trending forecasting, but the construction itself was interesting which why it was influential to my work.
Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer and fragrance connoisseur. He is known for his technology driven clothing designs. He was a graphic design student at Tama Art University. He questioned why clothing design was not included in the programme and started focusing on the design instead of fashion. In 1988 Miyake created a new technique called Garment Pleating which led to a clothing line called Pleats Please in 1993. Here are images of his new collection called BAOBAO, created for winter 2016.
I am really inspired by his use of pleats in his old and new fashion designs, but in particular, really like this new style of bag created. I love how the light reflects of each triangle piece making it stand out weather its metallic, shiny or matt. I think this idea is interesting.
After seeing all these artists interesting designs for Spring/Summer 2017, I became inspired and started drawing interesting designs for my final piece, with particular interest in using unusual fabrics. After learning how to draw the body in different ways in my drawing class, my focus slowly drifted to looking at how to capture the body in different ways threw clothes, which is where I began looking at transparent fabrics to cover the body but not show the shape. I was inspired by fashion worn by Twiggy in the 60’s with the high neck line and tent shape, which did not outline the body shape, and I thought this was a clever idea to use this shape with the transparent fabrics.
After messing about with some plastic, I decided to go ahead and attempt to make a clean cut plastic skater skirt because this was what I knew how to make. I choose orange and yellow for the colours because yellow was one of the main colours of my forecasted colour pallet, and I choose the orange as a contract, because out of all the plastics, this one worked the best and specifically because when you cut into both the yellow and orange the edges glow, which I think gives it that space age 60’s vibe, which was my theme.
I chose to add zips and pin pricks into the fabric to give the garment more interaction and depth. I loved the stitches as this helped to open the seams, and gave it more of a glow, which I loved. The zips were for decoration, because with my lack of resources and my knowledge of how to apply a zip, I thought it would make the garment slightly more interesting. During my first lesson making I half completed my skirt. And hope in my final lesson to make goggles to go with this as an interesting accessory.