Wednesday, 26 November 2008


This book by the Olsen Twins is going on my Christmas list. Its called Influence and just from a few pictures i've seen it looks very inspiring! Pictures, Quotes, Interviews! The perfect coffee table book!

“There is no such thing as fashion. Fashion is an idea to make you think that you’re not in it at all times. Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers-and style is what you choose.” - Lauren Hutton


Found an awesome website today

It's full of inspiration so thought i'd blog it...Found an amazing graphic designer called Raul Burgos Gomez who has done alot of fashion illustrations....

Friday, 7 November 2008

London Trip 27/10/08 - we went to london to find fabric swatches. Our group had to find heavier fabrics so we ventured to Goldhawk Road nr Hammersmith to see what we could find. Managed to pick up some denim leather and cord swatches, as well as wool mohair and tweed. They had some really lovely fabrics - it was reasonably priced in most of the shops we went to!

Goldhawk Road, London.


Page from Vogue

Theme Board

Sketch Book Pages

This is my Folk project so far. I've been influenced very heavily by Romanian Folk and Gypsy era. I've looked at a lot of florals including thsoe of William Morris for inspiration. My designs have a lot of embroidery to them. i've also focused on traditional folk costume traits such as the bell sleeves and also fastenings such as frogging. I've looked at Luella's SS08 collection and Gucci's also. As they're very Folk based.


Theme Board

Sketch Book

Draping on the stand
My final idea came from a concept that came to me after looking into japanese gardens/structures/architecture. I tried to portray a rigid structure with the peaks at the side of the skirt, and i used a hard hessian material to show the corrugated texture of roofs of buildings.
I was also inspired a lot by plants and so i used very organic colours i.e browns and greens to really show this. My other main idea was to create something that looked like a seed. so i used a brown "shell" and the green ruffles are to show the seed coming to life. I wanted to use some large circles in the design but i couldn't find a place for them. I particularly wanted to use them because I had looked alot into christopher kane's AW09 collection.


I'm really pleased with my theme board and my sketch book of designs. I spent a lot of time on it. If i were to do this project again i'd definitely concentrate more on the draping and actual making of the garment. Although i do like the design and the concept i would like to make it a bit more exciting, a few more ruffles encorporated and maybe into a dress.