JW ANDERSON FASHION COLLECTION

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INITIAL INSPIRATION

 

The concept surrounding my second topic named scarification has developed from an inspirational set of photographs’ which have been published online and discussed; named ‘the scar project’. Powerful, strong individuals whom reflect upon their previously traumatic and unique experiences portray their energy and determination through black and white self portraits. The scars left indicate what has happened and transmit messages of self identity. Scars leave personal stories, and sometimes they are revealed and enhanced by tattoos/body art which individuals feel is pertinent to their self discovery.

Further research has led my interest into ethnic traditions within eastern cultures such as Africa. Thus, tribal influences have inspired my development within the traditional process of scarification where an individual’s body is used as a canvas for expressing their cultural identity, community status, connection to ancestors or gods. Their long history of tattooing has originated from the translation ‘tatau’, meaning to mark. The painful process was practised traditionally by Maori men of New Zealand until the 1870’s where patterns were chiselled into the skin, created a raised, scared surface on the skin.

The concept of scaring the skin has leaded my development of ideas towards the textures that are formed which look ‘leather like’ and uneven, also deformed. On the other hand however, western culture has taken scarification with a new obsession whereby it is safely practised. Iconic individuals such as French artist Orlan whom ‘played’ with her face and body whilst fighting with the concept of beauty, conscious during surgery. Orlan has been influenced by the traditions of the eastern culture, combined with western art and has created inspiring pieces which create impact through mood and colour. I intend to research African culture further and the traditions of tribal art with explorations into the impact of colour, movement, mood and form to create an exciting innovative platform.

 

 

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THE COLLECTION

 

•  THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE OF THE MAORI TRIBE IN ROTANA HAS INSPIRED THE EARTHY TONES AND HUES FOUND IN THE COLOUR PALETTE, INSPIRED BY RAW, NATURAL TEXTURES AND MATERIALS

• A LIBERATING, EMPOWERING MOOD INSPIRED BY THE FEMALE POWER IN EASTERN CULTURES WHICH HAS INFLUENCED THE TARGET CUSTOMER OF THE COLLECTION

• LEATHER FABRICS HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED AND DISTORTED WITH THE APPLICATION OF HEAT TREATMENTS WHICH REFLECTS THE SCARIFICATION PROCESS THAT IS APPLIED TO SKIN – THE TEXTURES, AND SURFACE HANDLE HAVE INSPIRED THE FABRICS SOURCED IN THE COLLECTION

• TRIBAL CULTURE HAS INSPIRED THE COLLECTINS THEME, MOOD AND COLOUR WHICH COLLECTIVELY CREATES A STRONG, BOLD AND LIVELY LOOK

 

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MARKS AND SPENCER FASHION COLLECTION

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INITIAL INSPIRATION

The concept behind my first area of research has derived from a recent short break to Dorset. Whilst walking along the Jurassic coastline, admiring the ambience of the shorelines and observing the rock formations’ surrounding me, my attention was directed towards the quaint fossil shops. They were scattered throughout the local villages and towns. Thus, I was presented with an array of fossils and rocks which geologically did not strike my interest initially, though from a design perspective I became intrigued. I purchased a large piece of agate which has a captivating natural structure, which is classically associated with volcanic rock; formed by crystallised layers that develop overtime. The words used to describe how the slice of agate has been formed over billions of years have been pertinent to my research as they denote a life time of happenings and events which may have occurred on the shoreline over time.

From this natural, organic matter I have formed a concept based upon the striking lines, layers and trapped natural colours, also crystals which are hidden within. The translucent surface of the agate reveals the interior whilst on the other hand being protected by a rustic, natural hard shell. Therefore, the diffusion of the natural colours and blured lines provide a base for my creative design development for both the fabrication and texture. The destination of my concept has been considered in terms of design exploration which have emanated from the formation of layers which overlap one another, and contain trapped fragments of colours and texture; leading to ideas for fabrication such as merging hues applied to fabrics such as Silk taffeta and organza.

The striking colours and lines have lead to my interest into the research about print and the illusions it can create when integrated into/on the fabric. The print development will provide surface

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THE COLLECTION

 

•  THE  LAYERS WHICH ARE TIGHTLY COMPACT AND COMPRESSED THAT HAVE FORMED NATURALLY OVERTIME IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE ROCK ARE EXPLORED AS INITIAL INSPIRATION FOR SHAPE DEVELOPMENT

• THE LINES AND FORMATIONS FROM THE PRIMARY IMAGERY ARE TRACED, MANIPULATED AND DISTORTED TO CREATE SHAPE AND FORM WHICH CAN BE APPLIED TO GARMENTS

• THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURES ARE FRAGMENTED AND EXPERIMENTED WITH, PROVIDING PRIMARY IMAGERY AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR PRINT DEVELOPMENT

• SOFT, DELICATE TEXTURES WHICH ARE LAYERED REPRESENT THE LAYERS OF COLOURS AND CRYSTALS WHICH HAVE HELPED SOURCE FABRICS SPECIFIC TO SUITING

•A CLASSIC, SOPHISTICATED STYLE EMERGES THROUGH DEVELOPMENT WITH THE COMBINATION OF BOLD STRUCTRED SHAPES AND DELICATE SOFT LINES

 

 

STELLA MCCARTNEY FASHION COLLECTION

STELLA MCCARTNEY FASHION COLLECTION

INITIAL INSPIRATION The concept surrounding my second topic named scarification has developed from an inspirational set of photographs’ which have been published online and discussed; named ‘the scar project’. Powerful, strong individuals whom reflect upon their previously traumatic and unique … Continue reading

COMME DES GARCONS FASHION COLLECTION

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INITIAL INSPIRATION

 

A Polaroid camera is a type of instant camera that will generate a film image, which uses a self developing film. The concept behind my research area three is centred on an instant action, whereby a photograph can capture a moment directly, and print out an outcome.  The first instant camera was created in 1923 by Samuel Shlafroc, though development in technology over the last century has lead to the revival of the Polaroid camera. The outcome will produce a faded, worn look whereby the light levels have affected the colour of the image and the aesthetics of it.

I intend to research the outcome that the Polaroid produces and look at how manipulation and distortion can change the visual. Primary research will help my experimental process and provide the opportunity for exploration into different areas of the image. I am inspired by an image that has been take on a long exposure, which when developed is blurred and ghostly like as this may lead into the concept of shadows and merged hues. On the other hand I am inspired by how art and design impressionists have used Polaroid’s to create a certain aesthetic feel about their collection or work, as a form of expression. Notations about the moment captured written underneath the image are intriguing which creates a disposable feel about its purpose.

 

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THE COLLECTION

 

•  THE CHEMICAL PROCESS OF THE PHOTOGRAPH’S DEVELOPMENT UNDER VARIOUS LIGHT LEVELS AND CONDITIONS IS EXPLORED

•  THE COLOURS FROM THIS PROCESS ARE ABSTRACTED AND HAVE BECOME THE MONOCHROME COLOUR PALETTE AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE MOOD OF THE PROJECT

•  THE IMAGE PROJECTIONS HAVE INSPIRED SHADOWPLAY AND PRIMARY EXPLORATION

•  BOLD, STRUCTURED SHAPES ARE FORMED FROM PROJECTION WHICH CREATES A DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND CREATIVITY

 

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TOPSHOP UNIQUE FASHION COLLECTION

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INITIAL INSPIRATION

Agate; from this natural, organic matter I have formed a concept based upon the striking lines, layers and trapped natural colours, also crystals which are hidden within. The translucent surface of the agate reveals the interior whilst on the other hand being protected by a rustic, natural hard shell. Therefore, the diffusion of the natural colours and blured lines provide a base for my creative design development for both the fabrication and texture. The destination of my concept has been considered in terms of design exploration which have emanated from the formation of layers which overlap one another, and contain trapped fragments of colours and texture; leading to ideas for fabrication such as merging hues applied to fabrics such as Silk taffeta and organza.
The striking colours and lines have lead to my interest into the research about print and the illusions it can create when integrated into/on the fabric. The print development will provide surface

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THE COLLECTION

• THE FUSION OF BRIGHT COLOURS SOURCED FROM THE AGATE STONE ARE EXPLORED AND USED AS INSPIRATION FOR A UNIQUE COLOUR PALETTE AND PRINT DEVELOPMENT
• THE SOFT FLUID LINES OF COLOUR ABD MINERALS WITHIN THE STONE WHICH MERGE INTO ONE ANOTHER HAVE INSPIRED DIRECITON IN DEVELOPMENT, SHAPE AND FABRICATION
• TEXTURED, PLASTIC AND TRANSPARENT FABRICS WHICH REFLECT THE SURFACE OF THE STONE AND HANDLE AS TRANSLATED INTO CERTAIN GARMENTS
• A FUN, COLOURFUL OUTCOME REFLECTING MOVEMENT AND VIBRANCY WHILST EXPLORING UNIQUE PRINTS AND FABRICS THAT TARGET A YOUTHFUL CONSUMER

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STUDENT FINALIST ASBCI STUDENT DESIGN AWARD 2014

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       Second place student design award – In association with the Professional Clothing Awards I was commended for my NHS MEDICAL NURSE UNIFORM   I have just been honoured second place for the ASBCI and Professional Clothing Awards … Continue reading