Placement 1: College Fashion Show 2016

This year I took part in my college fashion show which involved the Level 2’s,3’s, my class of level 4, the level 5’s and the costume students. I helped by modelling and dressing as there wasn’t many of us who turned up out of our course and it was only me and another student modeled, we had a lot of work on our hands but we all worked well together as a team and worked with the level 5’s too helping them and vise versa. I helped dress students when I wasn’t modelling and I also helped with hair and make up.

It taught me about making sure to be organised as when you had your garments ready in order on the rails it was a lot easier for both you and the helpers as it was quicker to get dressed as you didn’t have to worry about finding the garment. I had to be really quick getting ready and being out on the runway or otherwise the garment wouldn’t be shown. Working and communicating with other students was important too as if someone had a quick change then you could switch so that they could go first and have time to change.

Process of the Creation of my Foundation Degree Collection: The Beginning

Today I received my Summer brief. There are 5 themes of which we are to loosely interpret, I have chosen the theme Decadent Drama. I have chosen this as I feel this is the theme that suits my aesthetic as I am drawn to luxurious garments, opulent interior design and detailed fabrics. I want to make decadent garments in the future when I’ve finished my degree as I have always been passionate about evening wear.  I’m tantalised by over-the-top and glamorous designs the first British Couture house picked for the Haute Couture show in Paris, Ralph and Russo. They create evening wear using fabric manipulations, lots of jewelled embellishments and 1950’s silhouettes. I take parts of silhouettes from different era usually between 1920’s-1970’s as I am inspired by the glamour, structure and pure femininity when I design and this is why I am so drawn to the work of Ralph and Russo as they use similar inspirations as me.  I enjoy creating fabric manipulation such as ruffles to create volume, working with jewelled embellishments to add sparkle and luxury to my designs and I enjoy sewing pleats as they add structure and create shape on a garment. I feel I can develop this year creating my final collection by looking at researching more historical references from eras I haven’t looked at before such as the 15th century. I tend to stick to the 20th century I want to push myself by learning from the Elizabethan era and creating a modernised version based from my own aesthetic . I am looking forward into researching the ins and outs of my theme such as the reasons why they wore certain colours, fabrics and how they showed their wealth and making it my own by evolving my project to dig deeper and find a unique theme of which speaks to me. I feel I can focus on this theme all year and really engross myself into my final collection.