Wintersession 2008: "Travel to Anywhere" Client Project
Mounted on 14" x 18" museum board.
For this assignment, we picked partners to work with to design collections for them; each person would select a location that they were travelling to, their activities, career, etc. In turn, the designers would create collections suiting their needs and tastes. My partner was Yoshi, and she descided to be a 23-year-old pop-rock star going on a 3-month tour of Europe.
My inspiration was one of a princess who ran away from her home, and ventured to the vibrant nightlife of her home country. Throughout the night, she has gone to concerts, clubs, bars, and raves--so I wanted the collection to be very young and spontaneous. Elements that I incorporated into the collection were shredding, splattering, layering, and juxtaposition to reflect what happened throughout a long night of partying: your clothes get a little torn, stuff has been spilled on them, you lose a few items, and you pick up a few items too.
Yoshi was very open in terms of what she wanted, but she did say she like mostly neutrals with pops of color thrown in. So I stuck with neutral colors like black, white, denim blue, brown, and grey; I used blue, red, and pink as pop colors.
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.