Before deciding it was Fashion Communication I was keen on I spent a lot of time learning the technical sides of garment making. I did this for three years over my GCSE’s and my college course. These are a few of my garments made and designed to fit a certain brief.
This was my first ever full hand made Outfit, before this I had made a few smaller items. This was my GCSE final piece to fit a brief I chose on recycling. I based my designs on the idea of upcyling. I collected a lot of second hand shirts and re-used them to create this 50’s style two piece co-ord. I was so happy with this in the end and I still love it to this day. I loved making it and It got me a A at GCSE.
This was my first garment on my Fashion and Clothing course at Warwickshire College. The brief was set to us by a woman who has acquired the designs and fabrics from a lady called Shila Bownas. She was looking to have the fabrics used in an innovative way to show to her customers they can be used in many ways. We took inspiration from the 60’s style patterns and we created mini dresses. I was learning to use different surface techniques which is why there is appliqué and screen print used. My dress was one chosen to go in a local exhibition over the summer in Rugby.
This outfit is not the most attractive but fit the brief. We had to design and make a “work wear” inspired garment testing our capability of working with thick denim fabrics.
This was a brief called the ‘white project” we had to pick a time era and design and make a all white undergarment piece. I chose the 50’s and went for a “baby-doll” style sleep dress. I added a LOT of hand made and hand applied roses onto the bustier.
This was a brief called “outer wear’ which again had to be inspired by an era, I chose 60’s and looked into the space-race and use of metallics.
I was walking through Nottingham City Centre today and noticed Lush had a new campaign in the window. Where as most brands are decked out in Christmas gear this time of year Lush is using its influence to spread understanding on a much bigger, more important issue.
Lush have partnered up with Animal Protection group Humane Society International to draw attention to the horrid truth that consumers are unwillingly and unknowingly buying real fur labeled as fake fur. The Humane Society has done extensive research into this matter and it is now clear that items such as Pom Pom keyring made from Rabbit are being sold for £5 and knitted hats made with Marmot fur for as little as £3.50!As well as Parkers with fur hoods being sold for £35.
WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE?
Even though a huge 80% of the UK are unequivocally against the buying/selling of real fur there are still a small amount who are indifferent or uninterested in the subject. I belive that these people must just be uneducated on the subject as if they were educated on it they would not be able to ignore the facts. Animals ranging from Rabbits to stray dogs are kept in tiny metal cages, forced to live in their own mess and often become dis-formed due to lack of food and medical attention. There is absolutely no respect or mercy shown to these animals when they are skinned alive or electric shocked to death. This is why brands such as Lush are so key in shedding light on the situation and drawing us to whats important.
It is a common conception that real fur is more expensive than fake sure and therefore consumers presume what they are buying from the high street is fake due to the price. However the sad truth is that in the countries the fur is being produced in the animas are so accessible and easy to skin that they are most commonly than not less expensive than the production of faux fur.
HOW TO SPOT REAL FUR!!!
Although the farming of fur is illegal in the UK there is currently no law against the importing of fur however most brands are unaware when using real fur as there is also no law on labeling fur/faux fur correctly. So here are the two main ways of spotting the difference to save yourself from falling into the trap.
SPLIT THE FUR: By separating the fur into a parting you are able to see what it is attached to. Fake fur will be attached to a mesh like fabric that the strands are glued or sewn into. Real fur will be attached to a thin layer of the animals skin.
CHECK THE ENDS: Fake fur will be blunt on the ends from where the strands have been trimmed by the machine to reach the desired length where as real fur will taper to a point.
The key outcomes of this campaign are to educate the public on what they could possibly be buying and to also gain signatures on the petition to get the importation of fur into the uk to be banned. If you are interested in signing this petition click HERE. More information can be found HERE on the Lush website!
Over my time as a fashion student at college and University I have had to create a lot of mood boards and would like to think I have became quite a professional at it. Here are some of my favourite ones.
A recent assignment saw me being a street style photographer. Channeling my inner Bill Cunningham who i have recently see a documentary on at the Broadway cinema in Nottingham, i headed out onto the uni campus and around the city to find some people to capture .I was given a trend story to work on, mine was Active. We were asked to look into three areas of the trend story.
Historic references to the trend
visual merchendising around the trend story
“people” how is it being projected by the public? Who’s wearing it? When are they wearing it?
It was that last section which we simply called “people” that saw me taking some street style photography. I was looking for ways in which “active” has been turned from literally sports/ gym clothes into the trend which is most commonly known as “ath-leisure”. This A/W the sports lux style has became “body kind not body con” meaning we are leaning to a more comfort based look which draws its inspiration heavily from stereotypically male silhouettes. We are seeing a huge revival of 90s hip hop silhouettes and the re launch of fabrics such as velour and silks which gives a high end luxury almost boujy feel. These people are defiantly not about to go on a treadmill. There is a significant difference between sports wear and the active inspired ath-leisure I was looking for which I was very picky about when taking my pictures.
I really enjoyed this first snippet at street style and its extremely rewarding to go through the images after the event and notice the patterns linking the images.
!!!Disclaimer!!! the reason there are no males features is because as a group we split and i was focusing on female. Also I don’t claim to be a good photographer in the slightest.