Thursday, 19 January 2012

1st Year Textiles - Generic Fashion - 'Designers' Project

Hi Everyone,

For next Wednesday you will have researched your 3 chosen designers (3 designers per team/group) and have specific, relevant images and precise information that show your understanding of these designers' individual signatures and aesthetics. Each group will need to discuss your chosen designers with me - so be prepared please! Please bring physical images/examples of research for potential mood boards so we can discuss what will influence your group's designs/capsule collection.

For this part of the project each group/ team will be handing in the following:

-Visual research into 3 designers.
-Maximum 600 words overall about the 3 designers. (Written info needs to be concise, edited, original + to the point).
-1 Designer chosen from the 3.
-Minimum 1 mood board that describes the Designer's work. (You will be using this mood board to design from.)
-1 colour palette derived from mood board.
-1 6 piece capsule collection / product range inspired by your selected Designer.
-1 fashion shop your collection will be sold in (i.e. to reflect the consumer/market you are designing for).

Your groups are design collectives / fashion houses...think of a name for yourself...(i.e.Y3 range = Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas)

All of the above to be presented online on your group blogs.
However for the hand in I will want the original, physical work to be presented in person to me and the rest of the Groups - we won't have access to computers on the day.

Many thanks,

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Hi everyone - good to meet you all today. Please can someone post this link on the Facebook group?

To confirm: for next week you will all have research and be informed on ALL the designers listed on the Project Brief for a group discussion. Please also find 3 designers (not on list) who you individually find interesting or relevant and be prepared to talk about them - excited to see what you discover!
^Issey Miyake SS 1999 ^

Here are a few things to follow on from today's discussion:

Amazing knitwear designer Sandra Backlund:

NYT journalist Cathy Horyn talks to Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton about craft in this video:

Aitor Throup Website - scroll through his sketchbooks, commissions, illustrations, films etc...

Article on 'The Legacy Of The Antwerp Six' - (The BOF - Business Of Fashion is a great site for daily articles etc on the industry - bookmark it) + there are some nice links to young designers at the bottom...
^Malcolm Maclaren + Vivienne Westwood - Witches Collection A/W 1983^

Vivienne Westwood - visual history. Great pictures and footage from inside her and Malcolm Maclaren's legendary shops + close up shots of her early clothing &collections.
The Blitz Kidz site is a huge site + details the life and times of the 80's London club kids - from punks to new romantics and all the rest. While you're here why not research Kensington Market, textile designers BodyMap and Leigh Bowery?

^ Martin Margiela - Broken Plates Vest ^
Maison Martin Margiela Anniversary Show - S/S 2009
If you're looking at his other collections - remember he became noticeably less involved with the brand after 2005. Why note read a show review of this collection on etc for further insight?

Don't forget Helmut Lang to add to your list of designers.

See you next week,