Category Archives: Fashion

Vera Wang – Pleats


Vera Wang uses pleats a lot in her designs. I adore the dresses that i’ve seen designed by Vera and I love some of the more fitted mermaid tail style ones. The dark black and grey dress looks a lot like that worn by the Corpse Bride in Tim Burtons movie and is suitably gothic for a halloween type event.

As shown in her designs the pleats can be applied to cocktail dresses and full length gowns as well as tops which is something that I had debated incorporating into my designs after I had viewed work by Issey Miyake. However I think if I was to have someone model my clothes I would rather there was some  movement and a sense of emotion such as joy especially if they are modelling a wedding dress. I like the clothes to capture and reflect the personality of the person and this is best achieved by a more natural pose.

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Issey Miyake – Japanese Fashion Designer


Issey Miyake uses pleats a lot in his fashion designs. As part of unit 2, i’m looking at fashion designers who use pleating, curving and gathering in their designs. Issey uses pleats to great striking and geometrical shaped clothing.

I like the designs and would be interested to see if I could create a more practical version of some of these designs and also how to incorporate pleats into the designs. At present my main thought process leads me to wonder about pleats within tops.

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My Cubicle AKA my art room away from home




so my cubicle so far comes complete with a shelf, curtain, table, chair and a large piece of paper folded to form a ‘wall pocket’ for scrap material

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It has within it a clip on black veil I’m working on, the top of which is a bow and which has a newspaper rose and will have depressing words embroidered through it in wool. I sort of developed it from the idea of the advert about mental health where people remove their masks as the end of the day and reveal how they really feel.

The idea with this is that it is there, trailing after the person. It is a part of them, but not all of them.



I made a fashion mood board to predict the fashion of spring/summer 2014 and it adorns one wall.

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I love cross stitch so along the top of my cubicle there are some of my small samples. As well as (pictured below) some of my 3d sculpture samples.


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Randomly stuck to one wall is an experiment in couch and stitching ribbon to cotton.


as well as a random monoprint and some crocheted granny squares attached by left over thread.



The Paper sculpture is based off the idea of atomic structure and when perfected will hopefully not only look like it does above but actually stay where it has been placed instead of falling down.



printing making samples also line the walls to add a splash of colour






the shelf store my wire work trials (including my investigation into fluffy wire!)



Finally I have a large pencil drawn outline of a model pose for fashion drawing with the head levels marked as a quick reference guide while working. (I stuck  on a paper witch hat as Halloween is near)

Fashion photography


I’ve been researching photographers and fashion photographers. I really enjoy a kitsch vintage style and so in the process of my research stumbled on these gems


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Cecil Beaton for Vogue 1940s and Marisa Berenson by Richard Avedon 1966


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Richard Avedon for Harpers Bazaar 1957 and Veronica Hamel as Winter 1965

Fashion Drawing


Part of my course involves fashion drawing. It is highly enjoyable however I do find it hard to predict trends and see the patterns just yet. We have to attempt to predict the trends for spring/summer 2014 seeing as I dress like a female Sheldon Cooper…


…this is so far proving difficult.

plus finding magazines with images of models is somewhat difficult if your idea of a good read is star trek so it took some significant rummaging to find a H&M magazine to cut up. There are a few magazines in class but i’d be reluctant to approach those with scissors!