Project Updates

Project Surprise!

With this summer comes free time, for the first time in a long time I have a summer where I'm not locked to my computer 24/7 trying to meet extremely short deadlines for school. It gives me the opportunity to work on projects I have wanted to start for a long time but never had the ability to. I'm starting a few new collections to round out my portfolio, and am embarking on a little new adventure that it going to be both challenging and time consuming before I have to buckle down and start on my Senior Thesis Project. 

Starting today I am going to be making my first ever corset. To those who aren't familiar with what goes in to creating a garment, it takes a series of steps. If you're like me you usually want to have an image sketched out of a basic idea on what you want the garment to look. You take measurements, you roll out drafting paper and you begin with very basic shapes, blocking out your work space and basically making the blueprints for your garment. Having never made a corset before I researched long and hard till I found a starting point I'm satisfied with. Pictured below.

As you can see this is one of my working copies, it has provided me with some measurements already, but because I'm not using this exactly as provided I will be making some edits. The corset  I'm making is inspired by the ocean, I will be creating it with a blue-grey coutil fabric and embellished with various sized pearls in cream, white, soft pink and a soft teal. More updates coming soon, if you'd like to make your own long line corset please click on the image it expands and feel free to download. They don't have seam allowances yet but it is blocked already for one inch increments. 

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This is the draft I have so far, like I said I at the moment only have expanded the basic outline of the pattern pieces. I am going to be making an over-bust style with a teardrop cut out in the front which will be eliminating the use of a busk. Please stay tuned as this project unfolds!

Please let me know what type of corset you would make with this pattern, what project should I do next? let me know in the comments below!

Painted Body

Today marks the last day of my Spring semester so I thought I'd introduce you all to a quick peak at my accessories final. 

This is a Fall/Winter 2017 small collection which was inspired by a video called Make Your Maker by Lucy McRae. It's a 10 piece collection made of leather with a watercolor painted effect. They bags are all created structurally but with the use of foam to give it a softness and lightness. I really wanted to create a collection based in my contemporary field and I feel I have achieved this. I used neutral colors with a pop of teal and silver hardware for the 20s-30s age range market. 

If you would like to see the full collection please click here.

Brazil 2015

It is time to introduce you to one of my costume design projects!

So we were given an UNLIMITED imaginative budget to create our ultimate movie cast, costumes, set, really the skies the limit on two movies. We had to choose between The Bachelorette or Brazil. Now I had never heard of Brazil before, and for those of you who haven't  its about this guy named Sam Lowry who is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of another man named Harry Buttle,, Lowry ends up meeting the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill's lives are put in danger. Now this movie was originally made in the 1980s, so of course being myself I gave it a make over and set it for our dreamlike future, Think The Hunger Games Capitol meets 1984.

Classic Redesign -- Accessories Edition

A couple weeks ago I let you guys in on the inspiration for my accessory design collection. The assignment was to take a classic accessory company and redesign it in your vision. For my project I picked the classic company Louis Vuitton with the inspiration of Snakes and Structure, here's a sneak peak into my completed collection. To view the full collection please go to the home page and visit the design section!

Classic Companies Project

So for this semester, as I've told all of you, I'm in the accessory design class and our first project is to design a collection for a classic company. Now there wasn't much detailing to the assignment so I'm not sure how many pieces we are to be designing but I have found this to be a struggle. I am not a 'classic' designer, its not the category I identify with and it has been forcing me to think inside the box, to create for the masses rather than a selective niche market. While this has been an interesting and frustrating step I'm hoping that my inspiration and my controlled demeanor on this project will help me look from a new perspective. So while I'm still trying to keep true to myself I am creating a collection for Louis Vuitton. My inspiration actually is snakes, all snakes, their shapes and their scaly detailing. 

Some things I'm not giving up with myself is using my type of color palette, I'm creating a Fall/Winter collection and feel that it will make it easier for the public to accept my muted color palette in this form. I'm leaning more toward LV's structured bags and the detailed designs rather than the simpler bags. I don't want to overload the LV customer base and the trick for any good designer is marrying the company they work for with their own aesthetic. 

Accessory design is no easy task, it encompasses many different items and all the pieces in the collection have to fit together in a way thats dissimilar than regular fashion design. For example if you add one element to a bag it has to be present on every other bag in your collection. While this seems easy it's actually a very difficult task, you have to encompass your inspiration with detailing that will fit well in every piece. I tip my hat to every accessory designer, your jobs are not an easy one, you have to think of every piece that a woman or man would want in each collection.

So here's the start of my accessory adventure, with Louis Vuitton and Snakes, a weird combination I know but if I can pull it off I think it can be truly amazing.