Illustrations on bleed-proof paper colored with Prismacolor markers; flats drawn with Micron markers.
Mounted on 14" x 18" Museum board.
For this fall/winter collection, we looked at the designs of Bonnie Cashin and Claire McCardell and discussed how they melded functionality with fashion for the working woman. For my take on the assignment, I created a collection that could be taken from day to night, by changing how a piece of clothing was worn, whether it was changing the styling or, via the convertible pieces that served as the anchors of the collection, actually changing the clothes themselves.
Wintersession 2008: Fashion Icon.
Illustrations on cold-press watercolor paper, colored with watercolor and colored pencil. Flats illustrated with Micron markers.
Mounted on 14" x 18" museum board. Missing fabric swatches.
For this assignment, we were asked to select a "fashion icon," a designer who made an enormous impact on fashion, research his/her designs and make a short presentation on him/her, and finally design a collection as if you were asked to take that designer's place. I chose Cristobal Balenciaga, the founder of Balenciaga.
The colors for the collection were inspired by the center image in the mood board: very rich, slightly dark and gritty colors like a deep cerulean blue, slate, grape, black, and a crimson red. The mood of the collection was, again, a little bit dark and gritty, but at the same time, very glamorous and sexy, like the femme fatale who sits by herself in some smoky film noir lounge.
I tried to incorporate that woman and Balenciaga's old designs together to create this collection. Like Balenciaga, I tried to keep to very sleek silhouettes and clean lines, with some embellishment that made it a little more special. I incorporated a lot of unfinished hems and ruffles that looked like they'd been shredded into pieces to create that moody feeling and also to add interest to the sleek silhouettes.