Eatser Holiday

So I've been off for easter for about 2 weeks now and have decided that it was about time I did something cultural, and with a wide selection of galleries in liverpool i didn't have to travel far.
Before going I decided to check what exhibitions were on on the internet first.
I headed to Liverpool to see the Fashion vs Sports exhibition that is on at the walker gallery. It showcases several areas of how fashion has intergrated itself into sportswear and vice versa. The exhibition included pieces from Vivienne Westwood and a sequined wetsuit by Chanel.
The exhibition was split up into 4 sections:
looks at contemporary fashions and how sportswear is rated highly as an essential part of the modern wardrobe. Function and high performance are of primary concern in the design of sportswear. Companies invest a great amount of time and money into researching performance-enhancing garments and footwear.
Recently, fashion designers have integrated many of these technologies into their designs, often by collaborating with sports corporations. At the same time, sportswear has become increasingly fashionable and self-aware, often looking back at its own design history.
I liked the chanel sequined wetsuit in this part of the exhibition because of the way it took the glamorous element of all classic chanel designs in the sequins but made a wetsuit out of it.

highlights the street as the most crucial space where sportswear is worn as fashion.
Sportswear or sports-inspired fashion may seem a uniform type of dress. Lots of people wear trainers with a hooded jersey top and tracksuit bottoms. However, individuality is expressed through subtle differences and changes.
This section explores how homemade street adaptations - such as how laces are tied and decorated or how tracksuits are worn - have inspired designers to reinterpret trainers and the tracksuit. The practice of customising has motivated major sports companies to produce commercially customised goods.

traces the customisation of sports fashion and shows how the creativity of customisers has been embraced by global superbrands.
Sportswear first crossed over into casual wear because it was comfortable and affordable. Since then it has developed its own look, based on patterns and colours of performance sportswear but often exaggerated.
In playing with the idea of sportswear, designers have pushed the boundaries of what trainers and sports clothes can look like. Witty, ironic and sophisticated, their work reflects the equally inventive customisation of sportswear that can be seen on the street.
My favourite item in this section of the exhibition was a cassette playa tracksuit and t-shirt. I liked this particually because of the bold print it used, you can see the inspiration that has been taken from old 80's sportswear.

uncovers the world of sportswear obsessives.
From a designer's obsession with football, via one-off, limited edition or cult design pieces, to expensive trainer and tracksuit collections, this section explores how sportswear's function has become almost redundant. Instead, its style has become the key feature.

Interdisciplinary initial idea sheets

FAC photshoot

This is the final image i decided on to use in my fashion art and culture. I feel that this reflect my idea quite well, putting an extravagantly dressed person into a normal everday situation. I especially like the family photos in the background as i feel this brings the outrageously dressed person back down to earth a little bit, you can now relate to them seeing the family pictures whereas before you would have probably found it hard to.

FAC Final idea

For my final image I have decided to take my outrageously dressed person and put them into an everyday situation. My inspiration for this came from my concept but also from the singer Roisin Murphy, she wears quite out there stage clothes and for her most recent album cover and all the singles covers were pictures of her in these outrageous outfits in a normal everday situation.

Fashion Art and Culture Ideas sheets

Here are a few of my more successful ideas and development sheets from my fashion art and cultutre project

Egon Schiele

Reading week elective: experimental drawing

it was my first day of my experimental drawing elective today and i really enjoyed it. It was nice being able to let go and have fun and experiment and for it not to have to be anything. I really enjoyed the fine art aspect of the foundation course i did before coming here and this elective reminds me alot of that.

We did 3 minute blind drawings with our fingers and blind paint, without sounding like a child i really enjoyed getting messy, i think it was the whole experimenting aspect and the fact that it didn't matter if it looked any good.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the week and researching other artists work

BoomBox Club Night

After my initail interest in the youth culture section of the fashion history lectures I chose to do the subculture question, specifically homing in on the youth subcultures that exist in big citys today. Mainly London.
I've always had an interest in street fashion and knew of a few websites that showcased the fashion that London club nights such as boombox and durr have.
I reccomend that you take a look if you also have an interest in street fashions and style.

Initial Ideas for Fashion Art and Culture

Final Line-up

Lucy Orta

We started researching for our designing for the mass market project.
The starting point was container culture, after doing a general research sheet on all aspects of container culture I decided to focus in my research on camping mainly tents.
After researching images of tents on the internet I came across an artist called Lucy Orta
I like her work because its quite alot like the initial ideas i have of literally making a tent into a garment.
I will obvioulsy see what this looks like in my ideas stage of my resaerch and then bring elements of the tents into my design development and eventually my final line up.

Trend Boards

New Brief

So we've handed in our pattern cutting module, hopefully i have done alright I found it quite difficult to comple the last few bits of my garment at home.
But we were given a new brief where we have to reasearch different market levels.
We also need to complete 4 trend boards showing the autum/winter trends.

So today after college i went into town and did a few of the market levels research.
It was quite difficult getting pictures of some of the higher end market levels as the shops didn't seem too pleased that we were making notes on their clothes let alone taking pictures.

A bit of updating

Ok in all fairness I haven't wrote in my blog for a loooooong time.
Completely my fault, i've never been any good at keeping things like this. It was the same in my foundation with my reflective diary, Im just a bit unorganised.
I have things written down i just need to transfer them onto here. So just bear with me it may take a few days.