From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk March 1, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Local Sources, SCAD, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise, Trends , comments closed
SCAD announces symposium on art and fashion, “From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk”
The art history department at SCAD announces its inaugural interdisciplinary symposium series on art and fashion, “From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk.” The series is planned as a biennial event to foster research, dialogue and exchange between scholars and designers on the study of art and fashion in its various forms. The symposium takes place Friday, March 5, 1-6 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, Events Space 4C The event is free and open to the public.
“From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk” explores the ways in which dress has been used to fashion identities from the ancient world to the present day. Papers will be presented by designers, students and scholars in all fields that address how clothing and fashion have been used to communicate a range of meanings. Sessions will address a variety of topics, such as “What Athena Would Have Bought at Bloomingdales: Embellished Textiles in Ancient Greece” and “Scarlet O’Hara’s Costumed Lust and Aggression and a Modern-day Problem with the Feminine.”
Hugo Boss Design Competition February 25, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Design Resources, Industry News, Inspiration, Retail, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise , comments closed
To celebrate the new direction of BOSS Orange under Creative Director Eyan Allen for Spring/Summer 2010, international fashion house HUGO BOSS is launching a global t-shirt design competition. One of the main goals of this competition is to nurture young creative talent, and SCAD students have been invited to participate.
Centering around the creation of a distinctive parrot t-shirt design, the competition will run from 1 March – 30 April 2010 on the dedicated facebook website www.myparrotdesign.com
Out of the 30 best submissions, which will be chosen by the facebook community, Creative Director BOSS Orange Eyan Allen will select the most inspiring and promising graphic.
Besides being awarded the grand prize of 1.500 EUR, the winning talent will be invited to visit the HUGO BOSS headquarters in Germany, to meet Eyan Allen and to spend a day designing with the BOSS Orange Creative Team. As an absolute highlight, the finished T-shirt will feature as a Special Edition in the BOSS Orange 2011 Spring/Summer Collection.
Paper Art February 24, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Inspiration , comments closed
Stumbled upon this collection of paper art this morning and found it SO inspiring! Thought it might be a great place to go for those of you working on your 3D Project for Intro to Fashion, CFDA presentations, and various mood boards.
The Uniform Project February 23, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Inspiration, Textile Resources, Trends , comments closed
Forgive my recent obsession with uniforms. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Sarah Collins sent me a link this morning to The Uniform Project. It’s the brainchild of Sheena Matheiken, a New York based ad agency marketing director who came up with the idea to wear the same dress for 365 days in a row and, in the process, raise funds for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is devoted to bringing education to children living in Indian slums.
Starting May 2009, she pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. She enlisted a friend and designer Eliza Starbuck to create a dress that she reinvents daily with various layers and accessories, many of which are donated by other fashion designers. She gives herself no more than 30 minutes a day to prepare her look which, I say, is quite a feat when you consider the incredible variety she can squeeze out of a simple black cotton dress.
Opportunity Knocks February 18, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Trends , comments closed
Never in my life have I seen such fashion disasters in dire need of your help! Up until the early nineties, figure skating fashion was about as bad as it is today. Then, in 1992, stepped in a former competitive figure skater by the name of Vera Wang who decided to help out a group of athletes in dire need of wardrobe assistance.
When Vera Wang began designing Nancy Kerrigan’s costumes, it created a mini fashion revolution! While other skaters were wearing over-the-top flamboyant designs, Vera Wang sent Ms. Kerrigan out in sleek, simple, and beautiful creations and, in the process, received a ton of press:
Then . . . (1992)
Now . . . (2010)
Since the 90′s something has happened and our poor ice skaters are following in the footsteps of guys like Johnny Weir. It’s time for a new designer to step in and make a difference. The profits could follow. As Vera Wang says, ”The viewership is so enormous and so many people are judging figure skating also from a fashion point-of-view . . . They’re seen as models in a strange way and not only as athletes.”
Seriously, though, the story here isn’t really about designing competitive figure skating costumes as much as it is seeing an opportunity and rising to the occasion as Vera Wang did back in 1992. She saw a fashion need in an area that she knew and loved, decided to fill the void and, in the process, became a household name.
So, if you spent your high-school summers working at a car wash and would love to design a cute retro uniform, or really like playing soccer but felt so unattractive in those long short, or loved being in the marching band but hated those silly hats – maybe there is an opportunity there for you to shine and combine the things that you love! You never know where it might lead!
- Tiffany Teague
Runway Trend Spotting: Colorblocking February 17, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Industry News, Inspiration, Organizations and Associations, Trends , comments closed
The Fall/Winter 2010-2011 womenswear runway shows began just days ago, but already it’s easy to see an emerging trend on the New York catwalks: Colorblocking.
- Tiffany Teague
Vuvox February 11, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Design Resources, Inspiration, Professional Portfolios, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise , comments closed
Just came across a great resource for those of you wanting to create an interesting way to show your portfolios online. The service is called Vuvox and it’s a company that creates interactive, multimedia collages of your work. It allows you to integrate your images and videos seamlessly with SmugMug, Flickr, and Picasa.
The functionality of the site is impressive and you could spend HOURS creating something truly interactive and beautiful, but if you’d like a quick and easy way to show your work in an interesting manner online, it’s a great place to start. I tried it out and made the following presentation of some of my accessory designs. The whole thing took about five minutes to make: Vaquero Accessories Collection.
Here is a really cool interactive presentation that gives you a good idea of the functionality available through Vuvox. If you create one, be sure to share it in the comments section so we can see your work!
- Tiffany Teague
Elisa Palomino’s Debut Collection February 9, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Illustration, Industry News, Inspiration, Professional Portfolios , comments closed
I came across this illustration on WWD yesterday and found it just so gorgeous. Notice how the artist used layers of fabric flower petals, pleated paper, black thread, watercolor, and feathers to add dimension and texture all around a pen and ink illustration.
The illustration comes from the new apparel line being launched at NY Fashion Week by Elisa Palomino, John Galliano’s former Chief of Studio who eventually became Vice President of Design at Diane von Furstenberg. February 17 will mark the debut of her eponymous line and WWD has named her one of this season’s hottest newcomers. Here is an interview of her by one of her former interns. I especially looooove the photographs of her luscious inspiration boards:
- Tiffany Teague
Scott Antique Market This Weekend! February 8, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Design Resources, Inspiration, Local Sources, Trade Shows , comments closed
This weekend in Atlanta is the monthly return of the Scott Antique Market
[flickr by StGrundy]
Two cavernous buildings are filled with displays of antiques and collectibles with over 2800 exhibitor booths making this the largest series of indoor antique shows in the world. This place is a great source for design inspiration, vintage fur, apparel, and accessories, as well as old magazines, post cards, and other great images.
3 Miles East of Atlanta Airport
1 mile East off I-75 on I-285 at Exit 55 (Jonesboro Rd.)
The Atlanta Expo Centers split I- 285, so a right or left
turn off of the Exit ramp onto Jonesboro Road will get you there.
Admission $5 for the whole weekend (click here for a coupon for $1 off admission.)
If you only have an hour or two to spend, absolutely do not miss a visit to Love Train Antiques:
[images via Giannetti Home]
Permanently housed in a separate building just in front of the expo center (3640 Jonesboro Rd), this place is full of inspiration and is an excellent place to study interesting proportion, color and texture. It isn’t open on the weekend – just on Friday which is, really, the best time to go to the Scott Antique Market, anyway.
- Tiffany Teague
Buying Power of the 50+ Woman February 3, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Retail, Trends , comments closed
As I was working yesterday with a student on her designs for a collection of garments for a full figured (read “average American”) woman, I got to thinking that it’s a bit of a shame that most of us design our businesses for a rail-thin woman who is preternaturally youthful.
Not only does a large portion of the public miss out on our creativity, but we miss out on a HUGE market when we don’t train ourselves to get inside the mind of certain consumers. I read a statistic last December that I found really inspiring – it’s that “women ages 50 and older have more spending power and discretionary income than any other group in the U.S. and wield a net worth of $19 trillion according to MassMutual’s Financial Group 2007 report. In fact, for the 12 months ending Oct. 31, women over 55 spent $19 billion on apparel, according to The NPD Group Inc.’s Consumer Tracking Service.”
This quote came from a WWD report on the apparel of female evening news anchors like Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric. It’s exciting to consider that the companies who dress one of these women have their garments seen by 14 million viewers each night. This represents a great opportunity for advertisers, retailers, and designers alike. Here is the full article in WWD – scroll to page 14 to read it: The Female Factor in Evening News.
- Tiffany Teague