Thursday, 19 December 2013

Recycled Fashion Checklist

OK, so the deadline is Tuesday 7th January (when you return after Christmas) and this is the minimum you need to have in your sketchbooks:
  • Observational drawing/s of your object.
  • Photos of your Moodboard layouts.
  • Copies of your presentation slides.
  • 2 pages research into Martin Margiela.
  • 4 pages research into 2 Fashion Illustrators.
  • Your photos from the figure.
  • 4 Illustrator responses based on your photos.
  • 6 garment proposals (with notes, using the templates).
  • 2 finished Illustrations based on your best designs - these should be developed independently and not dependent on templates.
  • 4 pages research into 2 Fashion Photographers.
  • Your finished garment/accessory.
  • A thoughtfully styled location shoot of your garment - be ambitious, think about the photographers whose work you have studied. Arrange model, location, props, make up. Consider posture and camera angle carefully. Take plenty of shots (20+) you might use PhotoShop to enhance your best shots for inclusion in your sketchbook.
  • Your word processed evaluation (see guidance notes below). 

Fashion Evaluation

In order to pass this project you must complete a word processed evaluation of 500-800 words, discussing the following ……

  • What object and garment did you get to work with?
  • How did the development of your Presentation help in understanding the possibilities offered by your object. What sources did you access in researching your object and garment?
  • In what other ways did you respond to and investigate your object? (e.g. photography and drawing)
  • Who were you collaborating with? How did you share tasks? Do you think you communicated effectively together? Did you find this collaboration helpful?
  • Which designer/s did you look at? What appealed to you about their work?
  • What did you learn from looking at the designer/s work? Did their work influence your own garment designs later in the project?
  • What were your first ideas for your garment design? Did these bear much relation to your final solution?
  • What was it that appealed to you about the fashion illustrators you chose to research and respond to?
  • What did you learn from recreating the styles of the illustrators you looked at, and how did this help you to understand the techniques employed in fashion illustration?
  • How did you go about creating your own fashion illustrations – what processes did you employ in developing your final images? Describe how you used photography to style them initially and what you did to get them to a high standard.
  • Which Fashion Photographers did you research? What appealed to you about their work?
  • Describe the process you went through to create your initial garment designs, and how you decided upon the one you chose to make.
  • What elements of your original garment did you retain and what was added/taken away?
  • What materials and techniques did you employ in the production of your final garment and what problems did you encounter along the way?
  • Discuss your final photoshoot, how did you style your garment? Mention aspects such as make up, props, location, models, postures, lighting, composition.
  • Do you feel your final garment will work well with your collaborators? Did you maintain good communication throughout the project?
  • How do you think your piece will look on the catwalk and what will you need to do to style it properly in preparation for this?
  • What do you regard as the most and least successful aspects of your project?
  • How well did you manage your time and what you would do differently if you did this project again?

Monday, 9 December 2013

Project Update & Fashion Photographer Research

OK, so we should all be moving on to garment construction in the next couple of days. Make sure you have the resources you will need: a garment/accessory to recycle and as many multiples of your object as your garment requires. You may need other things such as additional fabrics, dyes, zips, clasps, velcro etc.
If you have an ambitious plan ensure you give yourself plenty of making time to resolve it properly.
Any finishing work to your illustration research/design development needs to be completed as private study now.
Thinking a little way ahead you should start giving some thought to your Photoshoot - you should be aiming for a professional approach with this that results in great imagery for your portfolio.
Consider who will model for you (or who will take photos if you are modelling your own garment), where you will base the shoot (what will complement the garment?), will you need props/make up?
In order for you to plan and execute effective final Photoshoots for your garments it will be helpful to make yourself aware of the work of some top Fashion photographers.
When looking at these Photographers work you should look for the following things and comment on them:
  • Use of location/studio - how does this relate to enhance the garment?
  • Use of make up.
  • Use of props.
  • Use of the model(s) consider things like body posture, what mood is the photographer trying to create?
  • Use of lighting - natural/artificial? harsh/gentle?
  • Composition/cropping - how is the figure placed within the image?
  • Use of post production - has the image been manipulated via software such as PhotoShop to achieve the final result, how subtle/dramatic is this process?
You should look at 2 of the following photographers and provide a little background biographical information before analysing at least 3 images by each one in detail (2 pages per photographer, print out decent size reproductions of their work).

Steven Meisel
Corrine Day

Mario Testino

Ruven Afanador

Nick Knight


Tim Walker
Steven Klein

Monday, 2 December 2013

1:1 Reviews this Friday

This Friday (6th December) we will be having 1:1 progress review meetings to reflect on your work this term and set targets to help you move forwards. There will be no regular Art lessons on this day, although any lessons you have in other subjects will go ahead as usual.
Please bring your current sketchbook to your meeting.
I will see the following students during lessons on Thursday 5th:
Amy Lucas
Molly Christie
Emma Momber
the rest of you have appointments for Friday as detailed below:

Timetable for 1:1 Reviews  - Friday 6th December
Emma Hope
Freya Atkins
Katie Adlam
Georgia Plomer
Georgia Masters
Jenny Brown
Katie Warren
Flo Clarke
Max Goodwyn
Jasmine Yarnell
Kieran Harrington
Annie Adam
Lucy Abraham
Katie Watson
Holly Watson
Connor Whitney-Smith

Recycled Fashion Project - update

Jez Eaton - Brighton Trashion Show

Ok, so we are past the halfway point with the Fashion Project. This week the aim is to complete the design process and get final illustrations of your garments completed.
You also need to ensure that you have plenty of examples of your object and your existing garment for when we start to make our designs next week.
If you still need to get your garment try charity shops, car boot sales, unwanted family garments rather than buying something new.
Most of the recycled objects are readily available, but you may have to make an effort to collect them. Sometimes in the past students have used eBay to buy large quantities of things like clothes hangers cheaply.
So this week you should complete:
  • At least 6 garment proposals using the templates, annotate these to explain how you would construct each intended design.
  • Choose the best 2 of your proposals and present these ideas through some finished illustrations. These illustrations should be original and not based on templates, you should return to your photos of the figure and use these as a starting point. You might choose to use elements of the style of illustrators you studied, but try not to slavishly copy an existing Artist's work. Choose your media carefully, you might combine hand drawn techniques with digital finishing. These two final images should be professional pieces that are the culmination of your design and illustration process.