When Architecture Meets Friendship Bracelets June 16, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Design Resources, Inspiration , comments closed
I saw this article on a blog called Style Bubble and thought that it showed an interesting example of a student’s process book: http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2010/06/gonna-get-yourself-connected.html. I think that it shows a good combination of exploration through sketches, collages and manipulations on the form. The student combined architecture, macrame and friendship bracelets in her inspiration, not something you see everyday!
Super June 9, 2010Posted by scollins in : Design Resources, Inspiration, Museums and Exhibitions , comments closed
I know that at some point you wanted to be a super hero, or at least have super powers. I spent many hours of my youth spinning in circles and wearing tinfoil deflector bracelets pretending to be Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, I never grew tall enough nor was I, um, as well blessed as Wonder Woman but the dream still lives on.
Fortunately, I now have a new place to go to fufill my super-hero dreams: The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. They have everything from capes to secret identities to lairs to a whole section on robotics/cybernetics/mutations.
If you are wondering what my obsession has to do with Fashion, know that I am not alone in my fascination. The Met had an exhibition on Superheros in 2008 featuring both costumes and fashion.
Even many of the trends forecasts like WGSN’s Sonar-Sensory trend has a Superhero vibe to it.
Remember inspiration can come from anywhere, even comic books and superheros/villains. So strap on your particle guns or vapor blasters and make this Summer super (sorry, had to do it).
Michael Fink Interview on StyleHug March 22, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, SCAD, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise, Trends , comments closed
Drue Kataoka from the blog StyleHug recently interviewed Michael Fink during New York Style Week. The video has now been posted online for your viewing pleasure. In it, Mr. Fink discusses how his perspective on watching fashion shows has changed since his transition from Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Director to SCAD’s Dean of Fashion as well as how he made the transition from studying to be a conductor to becoming a fashion expert!
Process Books! March 11, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Illustration, Inspiration, Professional Portfolios , comments closed
This morning, I’ve been examining the process books from students at various European fashion schools and I came across several that I found inspiring. Click each image to see more from these student designers.
De Montfort University, BA
Central Saint Martins, BA
Central Saint Martins, MA
- Tiffany Teague
McQueen’s Requiem March 10, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Industry News, Inspiration, Trends , comments closed
Four weeks after his suicide in London, the final collection designed by Alexander McQueen was presented in Paris last night. McQueen is said to have “cut every piece for the collection himself.” Although 16 of the outfits were only 80 per cent finished upon his death, his studio team, led by Sarah Burton (who worked alongside McQueen for 16 years) worked intensely over the past few weeks to complete them according to his clear vision.
And while McQueen originally intended to present this collection in his favorite venue, the Conciergerie, a former royal palace and prison, the collection was presented, instead, to an intimate audience in a gilded, mirrored, salon at the headquarters of PPR, the company that owns the McQueen label.
The heavily religious designs were inspired by Byzantine art and by the work of master woodcarver, Grinling Gibbons, whose carvings adorn St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Abstractions of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, were digitally captured, woven and manipulated into many of the looks. Bosch, a 15th Century Dutch artist was a painter of religious visions who frequently portrayed scenes of angels, demons and the torments of hell.
The sepulchral 17th-century choral music music played during the show was the same that Mr. McQueen had listened to while creating the collection. Christie Binkley of the Wall Street Journal wrote “What made the collection difficult to watch was the unmistakable impression that the designer was immersed in thoughts of the afterlife.”
According to Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune: “There were damp eyes among the small audience and sobs backstage — both from personal grief and at the scale of the loss to fashion of this singular designer. In this collection Alexander — Lee — McQueen showed his sensitivity to history, his powers of research, his imagination, his technical skills and his love of women, often misinterpreted or misunderstood, but here evident in every fold and feather.”
- Tiffany Teague
Fashion Illustration Competition March 9, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Illustration, Inspiration, SCAD, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise , comments closed
Marie Claire and the Istituto Europeo di Design have invited you to participate in their Fashion Illustration Competition.
To participate, you will need to submit one .jpg illustration reflecting Ethnic Trends for Spring/Summer 2010 (menswear or womenswear). You may use any illustration technique of your choice (watercolour, acrylic, felt-tip pen or pencil) but no collage, and no computer programs (including Illustrator and Photoshop) may be used to create the illustration.
If you decide to participate in the competition, let us know so we can vote for your design online!
- Tiffany Teague
Handbag Design Contest March 8, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Inspiration, Organizations and Associations, Professional Portfolios, SCAD, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise, Trends , comments closed
INSTYLE & HANDBAG DESIGNER 101 ANNOUNCES 4th ANNUAL HANDBAG AWARDS
On June 16th, 2010, Tim Gunn (fashion guru and co-host of Lifetime’s “Project Runway”), in association with InStyle and Handbag Designer 101, will be a presenter at the 4th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards (IHDA) at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Designers will compete for one of eight awards for handbag design, including a variety of prizes to help take their designs one step closer to becoming the next ‘IT‘ bag of the season.
This past year, over 800 submissions were received from designers from over 30 countries. With the rate of submissions up 100% each year since the 2007 launch, the Handbag Awards have become increasingly popular around the world and are attended by over 500 guests, including top editors, buyers and stylists.
The designs will be judged by a panel including handbag design professors, editors, stylists, and buyers The panel currently includes InStyle Accessories Director Meggan Crum, famed handbag designer Carlos Falchi, Deborah Lloyd, 2010 ICONOCLAST Recipient and Creative Director of kate spade new york, Lisa Smilor, Associate Executive Director for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Claudia Poccia, Global President for mark., and Lincoln Moore, Senior Vice President Divisional Merchandising Manager of Fashion of Saks Fifth Avenue.
All finalists will be featured on InStyle.com, where visitors can vote for their favorite style. The bag with the most votes will receive the Audience Fan Favorite Award. Everyone who casts a ballot will be automatically entered in a drawing for the winning bag.
Of the 35 finalists, eight awards will be given in the following categories:
Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design: Winner will receive a booth at WWDMAGIC American Express OPEN Forum, www.openforum.com, the opportunity to develop a capsule collection for Saks Fifth Avenue and the chance to design a limited-edition bag for kate spade new york.
Best Use of CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements: Winner will receive a design sponsorship that includes free access to crystals and Swarovski know-how. The winner’s bag will be produced as a limited edition and will be given industry and consumer exposure in the U.S and internationally via several CRYSTALLIZED™ channels and communication tools
Most Innovative Handbag Inspired by mark.: Winner will receive a designer feature on meetmark.com highlighting their journey as an entrepreneur, in addition to having their bag recreated for sale on a global marketing platform with mark.
Best Handmade Handbag: Winner will receive a designer feature on Singer Sewing Company’s and Coats and Clark websites (www.singerco.com and www.coatsandclark.com respectively), and is awarded the opportunity to create a downloadable pattern for the ultimate craft audience. Winner also receives a new SINGER CURVY™ sewing machine.
Best Student-Made Handbag: Winner will receive a prestigious apprenticeship with Carlos Falchi.
Best Green Handbag: Winner will receive the chance to collaborate with Timberland to develop a product for sale in its stores.
Most Socially Responsible Handbag: Winner will receive the opportunity to have their bags featured on WorldofGood by eBay, gaining exposure on a worldwide platform.
Audience Fan Favorite: Winner will receive a feature on InStyle.com and will be announced the night of the awards.
Leading up to this exciting event, there will be an exclusive pre-press party taking place at the Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ Store and Lounge on June 9th, 2010 in New York City.
|Deadline: All entries must be received by 11:59pm on April 15th, 2010
Entries submitted without full information filled out will be disqualified.
|CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION|
P.S. I Made This March 4, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Inspiration, Trends , comments closed
This website is full of ideas for taking non-traditional materials and using them to make something fashionable. Not really a place for the more advanced fashion students, but a great resource for those of you in Intro to Fashion classes needing ideas for your 3-D projects.
For each post, Erica Domesek, who created the site, takes images that she finds inspiring, creates a rough mood board, and then shows what she made based on the inspiration. In this example, she was inspired by oversized baubles and made a necklace out of rolls of tape, hex nuts, and a ribbon. Pretty inventive!
- Tiffany Teague
Childrenswear Illustrations March 4, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Illustration, Inspiration, Professional Portfolios , comments closed
Just came across these images by British illustrator, Mandy Sutcliffe. Those of you looking for a new way of illustrating your childrenswear collections could benefit from a look through her shop on Etsy.
Sewn from the Soul March 3, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Organizations and Associations, Trends , comments closed
Those of you who are taking CAD classes next quarter or are looking for styling and editorial ideas might appreciate the recent online editorial created by the guys behind the blog “Street Etiquette.”
Their concept was to commemorate Black History Month and the style legacy of men like Miles Davis, Gordon Parks, and Sammy Davis Jr. Blending history, poetry, and keen styling, they created a feature that was so compelling that GQ Magazine requested the bloggers to put together a more comprehensive list of unsung black style pioneers. The original editorial presents a great way to combine a love of history with a very current style sensibility.
Here is the original editorial which includes the poem “Sewn from the Soul” by a Brooklyn resident who writes “We were sewn from the soul and the streets were our seamstress/Effortlessly sewing the seam to our sartorial dreams . . . “
I, personally, love the way these guys combine well chosen pieces and a love for American fashion staples, with an eye for sharp street style. Although the blog isn’t updated as regularly as I’d like, it’s still a great place to go for an elegant take on urban edge.
- Tiffany Teague