It’s been a busy time, but it’s finally the time of the year where my coursework is nearing the end.
One of my classes this year was Tailored Jacket and this is my very first attempt at making a tailored jacket, so I’m pretty happy with the final thing. We were given 3 designs to choose from and I chose this one because I thought it looked the least boring, I tried to spice things up with the fabric which I lovee.
Here in the borders there are so many great places for photoshoots! We travelled to ‘Smailholm Tower’ 20 mins drive from Galashiels. Props to S-Dog for the photos.
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2015 When in my final year at school, I was given the chance to attend 6 month course, once a week, alongside my other subjects at Glasgow Caledonian [http://www.gcu.ac.uk/]. The course was ‘Fashion Brand Retailing’, catered for 6th year students who are thinking of a possible career in fashion and this was to act as a stepping stone before actually going to University.
In my case, I was scared at the thought of leaving school and making that lifetime choice. I was in between the possibilities of studying media or fashion. I thought I may aswell do this course to find out if a degree in fashion was for me. The course included a bit of everything; some designing, business, marketing and creative projects.
One project, we were put into groups and had to make a paper dress:
which was pretty fun, getting creative and experimenting with applying paper to the form in different ways.
The course really made you learn how to work in groups and gave some experience in giving presentations, writing reports. Which really did prepare me for my current education now at Heriot-Watt University (BA Fashion Design)[https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/uk/undergraduate/fashion.htm].
For the final hand in we researched into a brand sold at Urban Outfitters and taking a garment we developed it and drew designs from that. The bohemian and feminine brand ‘Free People’ was my chosen brand and I just LOVE their clothes.[https://www.freepeople.com/uk/]
I really enjoyed this course and it definitely gave me that extra edge when applying to universities, especially when applying to other uni’s for Fashion Design. I also really enjoyed this course, mainly because of the passion which was taught by Nicola O’Hara.
I have always been interested in combining my love for nature and fashion together.
I continuously take inspiration from Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and Ellie Saab type garments which illuminate with nature themes and express femininity.
For my garment design in Higher Art I chose to take inspiration from decaying flowers and plants, and focused in on the unusual form that dying plants turn into, taking this I tried showing this process in a dress.
I really enjoyed this project and I think it was my start point in Fashion Design.
Research into Alexander McQueen dresses and decaying plants and flowers…
Development- playing about with dying fabric to get a faded look and knitting with metal wire to show the way dead branches intertwine…
Front- The leaf shapes were created by plastic wire sewn into fabric
Back- hand knitted wire detailed with beads featured in the back