Wednesday, 8 October 2008


Dale Chihuly was born in Washington, USA, in 1941.
He studied interior design, architecture and glass blowing at University.

Chihuly has a fascination with abstract nature.
He likes to reflect the ocean and its creatures in his work.

Chihuly uses nature for the setting of his pieces.
Sometimes he entwines his pieces around tree branches and trunks.
He also suspends them in space and floats them in water.

He lost sight in one eye after a car accident- and now wears an eye patch.
He employs a team to handle molten glass for him.


Here are some key words that came up in my organic brainstorm...

Greens - Browns - Whites

Grass - Pine Cones - Ruffles

Flowers- Petals - Shape

Plants - Trees - Leaves

Gardens - Japanese Gardens - Structures - Bridges

Food - Seeds - Fresh - Fruit - Eggs

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Whats the point in fashion....and who cares anyway??


fashion ethics:

The global garment industry is one of the most lucrative in the world. The worlds consumers spent around US$1 trillion buying clothes in 2000, with around one third of sales in Western Europe, one third in North America, and one quarter in Asia.

With the majority of garment manufacture concentrated in some of the poorest parts of the world, the fashion industry represents an enormous opportunity to create sustainable livelihoods and to lift communities out of poverty.

The fashion industry has changed the lives of thousands of people in some of the poorest parts of the world by providing jobs, stable incomes, skills and training. With equitable trade, fair wages and working conditions, the fashion industry has the potential to have an enormous impact in the reduction of poverty and hardship across the globe.

Socially and environmentally sustainable practices by fashion businesses are the key to the reduction of both poverty and environmental damage in fashion supply chains.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Theme Board...06/10/08

I really enjoyed making my theme board for Rococco. Having chosen the theme i knew the least about i learnt a lot doing research for the project! I concentrated a lot on colour schemes to create the right kind of mood...I used a lot of bright colours to reflect the carefree life style during the particular era. pinks, purples, yellows and mainly pastel colours.

I used a lot of indulgent images such as candyfloss and extravagant jewellery to depict the lavish lifestyle. i used a lot of curved forms etc including shells and ruffles on the texture of dresses, because i looked at a lot of Rococco stlye interior design and architecture.

If I were to make my theme board into a design it would definitely be something very elegant. Couture, womanswear. Maybe a collection of evening wear dresses which would reflect the rococco costume. Also underwear, with corsets etc, which were very popular in those days.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

PPRD Success...30/09/08

Who is successful?
  • Bill Gates
  • Richard Branson
  • Stella McCartney
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Katie Price
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Paul McCartney
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Gok Wan
  • David Beckham
What do they have in common?
  • Money
  • Determination
  • Originality
  • Goals
  • Celebrated
  • Acheivements
  • Commitment
What is the key to success?
  • Passion
  • Motivation
  • Hard Work
  • Enthusiasm
  • Belief
  • Enjoyment
  • Adaptable
  • Confidence
  • Willing
  • Flexible
  • Acheivement


Successful for overcoming a lot of problems. Standing up for his beliefs. Having a lot of determination and hard work. But most of all a lot of passion.


Successful for acheiving a lot. Setting herself a lot of goals. Creating a massive fanbase for herself. Making the most of her assets. Also, making a lot of money and having a lot of confidence.


Successful for making a lot of money. Being very creative. having a lot of knowledge and hard work. Acheiving a lot. And obviously enjoying his work.

Extra Research....ANNA WINTOUR

Anna Wintour is the editor of US Vogue. She left school at 16 and her hard work and determination are what motivated her to get to where she is today. She is a fashion icon and thought to be the inspiration behind the book "The Devil Wears Prada" .
Although Wintour had a lot of connections it is undeniable that her enthusiasm and passion were what made her successful in acheiving her goals.


For Fashion Design Principles we are going to make a theme board which relates to one of the following Classical - Spice- Rococco - Surreal.

I've decided to do Rococco as i previously knew absolutely nothing about it....this is what i have learned ....

The Rococco period was during the reign of Louis XIV following his death in 1715. It was a period when aristocrats valued good taste over morality. Poor taste was treated as an intolerable social offence.

The word Rococco is derived from "rocaille" meaning "rock work" or "shell work" and a favourite motif of the time.

The objective of Rococco was to please the senses.
The essence of Rococo is light overall. Work is light in colour, effect and emotion.

Antoine Watteau - A typical Rococco Painting

Characterised by pastel colours, gracefully delicate curving forms, fanciful figures and a light hearted mood (visually and physically)

It was the climax/fall of Baroque art.

It emphasised the unreflective and indulgent lifestyles rather than piety, morality, self discipline, reason and heroism (as Baroque did)

Rococco is the visual representation of the optimism people felt. as well as Youthful, enjoyment, fantasy, playfulness and a high spirit of romance.

Critics label rococco as "tasteless, frivolous and symbolic of a corrupt society"

Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun - Marie Antoinette

A modern representation of Rococco costume is the recent music video from Girls Aloud.