Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Mark Fast S2010 RTW Collection...

I love this collection and how the knitwear is very figure hugging and delicate, rather than chunky sweaters or oversized. I also think the way he has used block colour for each garment really highlights the knitting style well...I want!


Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sandra Buckland...

I've recently become aware of Sandra Buckland's knitwear designs through http://stylebubble.typepad.com/. I think her work is really interesting and highlights the fact that unique and exciting designs can be produced from using quite simple techniques. Look on her website for information and her collections, which I really like! http://www.sandrabacklund.com/

Thursday, 8 October 2009


Sorry fellow bloggers...since I started my blog last term, I havent really been into posting often (Well posting at all really!), but now I've really started to get into my own and other's work in a different way to before...it's kind of becoming more natural instead of an effort!

So, that problem's been overcome (blogging is the way forward!)...now I am faced with the 'journal' issue! This year I've decided to do my journal online which I find works really well for me, although I'm still figuring out where I want to post things. I'm keen to keep my journal and blog separate because my journal is more about my own work, influencess and when things go wrong. Where as my blog start to become a representation of everything else that I like, find interesting and do in our wonderful world of fashion!

...we'll see how it goes!

Vintage DIY...

This is our first project of 2nd year TD4F...I was a group powerpoint presentation we produced to demonstrate how external issues could affect how people buy fashion in the next couple of years. We focused on environmental issues and how sustainable fashion should move onto a bigger scale in terms of up-cycling, making use of the industries waste and brinking back the idea of 'make do and mend'.

Our presentation was more of a 'directional' rather than 'intructional' trend, which would encourage designers to look at sustainable fashion in a more glamourous way, instead of the stereotypical 'green' way.

From researching this area I found some really interesting websites that have already started to up-cycle on a bigger scale than what has been done before and also re-think the way the fashion industry's waste is used.


Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Wednesday 19th August

I loved them for so long...and ow they are mine!

"Description: Antonia by Carvela is a super high heeled platform sandal with a contemporary style upper and outside zip detail. A sharp sculpted heel and platform combine as a harsh contrast to the delicate peep toe. A must have style for any fashion forward individual this season with some added Carvela class, fabulous! Available In: Black, BlueOccasion: EveningUpper: LeatherLining: SyntheticSole: SyntheticInside heel height (approximately): 150mm "

(enough said?!)

Thursday, 19 March 2009

19th March 2009

Taking over my life...Aaaarrgghh!!

As you can see I haven't posted anything for a few days...mainly because Intarsia has been taking over my life!! We were shown this technique recently which allows you to create shapes other that horizontal lines on the knit machine which works really well for the designs I've come up with for my final garment.

It just happens to be really fiddly and time consuming but will hopefully be worth it in the end!

Friday, 13 March 2009

13th March 2009

All that glitters is not gold...

Here are some photographs I took of Victorian Ladies Jackets I was shown last week. They were beautiful on the outside and even more so when i looked at the construction and detail on the inside. My tutor showed me them after I'd shown her some of my other Victorian research. When you look more and more at them you notice new areas of detail that adds to how amazing the jackets are...I want to take details from areas like the whale boning and the fabrics and apply them to my designs. They are also an example of how different a womans silhuette would have been during the Victorian era because the jackets were so tiny I thought they were for children...yes slightly jealous!!!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

12th March 2009


I think I can safely say i get the whole blogging phenomenon!

When I found out it was actually part of my 'Laundry' project to set up a blog I wasn't entirely covinced I would be able to keep it up...

But...I've just realised I haven't even checked my Facebook page in the last 2 hours so I think I'm here to stay fellow bloggers!

12th March 2009


Not something I'd planned on researching for my laundry project...but I find these butterfy cocoons really inspiring, this image especially. Balenciaga's innovative designs, the 'Cocoon Coat, 1954' especially lead me to looking at them. I'm hoping to come up with garment designs by mixing up cocoon shapes with other areas I've been researching.

12th March 2009

Inspiration...Cristobal Balenciaga

There is no way around it...this man was a god! During my last brief (Shape Making) I looked at his designs from the mid 1900's because of the way he created silhoiettes with unique extra space between the body and the garment. This was towards the end of the Victorian era just as byers were wanting a change from the traditional fitted Cictorian garments. He was clearly influenced by traditional eastern clothing such as the kimono which would have been completelty innovative to western fashion in those days...

These are some of his designs that I pretty much love...with LOVE!
I think these cocoon, streamlined shapes would be a perfect silhoiettes for showing off a detailed textile design...knit maybe!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009


11th March 2009


Laundry is the title of my latest brief and it is up to me how i interperet it...

Broad brief + Fussy Aim = HELP!

...So i started to look into the area which i'd been researching for the dreaded essay which was 'Laundry' as an environmental concern. I thought about recycling garments or using waste products which lead me to knitting with waste products like binbags or VCR ribbon.

My work has developed from that theme now to Victorian Laundry because of photographs I was shown by my Knit tutor Annie of an old Victorian Laundry which were very beautiful and inspiring. From looking at Victorian Images and paintings for inspiration i've become interested in the Undergarments of that period which were very structured and fitting to the body. Rather than the shapes of the garments themselves I've been looking at the detailed surface pattern and markings on them which ironically were never intended to be seen...these garments have started to inspire knit designs for garments which is what my final garment designs will all be.

I haven't strayed completely from my original recycling idea as i hope to use old knitted garments to take the yarn from for my new designs...