Personal Library…

I have to admit I love a good book. Not to read but to study from and learn. So I wanted to share with you my collection, 51 of them and counting! ( Don’t worry I am not going to show you all, only my favorites!) When I research into a new project I tend to purchase books about that project and when I don’t find anything or it’s only quick research I tend to go to the library at university. (The best art library ever!)

Book Collection

I have organised my books into different categories which cater to my needs. Top Left, Small Miscellaneous – Top Middle, Fashion Designer Atlas’ – Top Right, Pattern Cutting and Construction books. Bottom Left, Art, History, Graphic Design & Photography – Bottom Middle, Fashion Illustration & Textiles – Small Fashion Miscellaneous

ArtBook

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Art, The Definitive Visual Guide by Andrew Graham-Dixon.
My mum brought me this book when I was studying Art in A level and it has been an amazing help ever since! The best bit I love about this book is that it has little interesting facts of what the artist did to gain attention to specific things within the painting or historic controversal referencing.

FashionColBooks

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Basics Fashion Design & Basics Fashion Management by Compilation
These books are so amazing, insightful and inspirational all in one. (Or many!) Each one is written by an industry professional which has worked in the related areas which is allows you to gain information first hand. Another reason why I love these books so much is that they have case studies and interviews on other industry professionals and existing companies which you can relate to as a reader.

PatternBooks

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Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi & Drape Drape by Hisako Sato
When it comes to construction and pattern cutting I am a little behind compared to some of my fellow class mates so I took it upon myself to learn varying techniques of pattern cutting and construction. This is when I stumbled across these books; they are inspirational beyond belief! However I am yet to try out one of the patterns yet, even if I never do they are great books to look at.

I hope you have enjoyed my mini over view of my collection of books. Please feel free to ask any questions and if you wanted a more in depth review on any you see!

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Slow Fashion the New Black…?

Our high streets are unfortunately dying due to the increasingly longing of the recession with on average more than 30 shops have closed everyday between July and August 2012. The recession is set to increase but on a much slower pace the government recently announced. What is fashion the future for fashion? Some say, is there a future? Due to the amount of ever growing online retailers.

Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel. Us. With the airing of the Dispatches investigation, in November 2010, into the treatment, working conditions and poor pay of many overseas manufacturing companies in order for retailers to produce ‘fast fashion’. As a result of mass production the quality of the garments can get lost resulting in more items to be returned or into our landfills. This created a chain effect to the consumers making them more aware of how the fashion industry.

Due to that China is ever developing and demanding the cost of manufacturing is increasingly more expensive retailers are having to seek in different countries for example Turkey and Bangladesh. Therefore now is a perfect time to change in the way we manufacture our garments.

‘Slow fashion’ is being referred to as more than just a craze but more of a movement; to counter balance our busy lives. ‘Slow fashion’ is joining forces of ‘Eco’, ‘ethical’, and ‘green’ in one movement, originally founded by Kate Fletcher from Centre for Sustainable Fashion, it is to encourage to slow down the process and production to refine the finer details and to ensure quality is far better than quantity.

If you are inspired by this article and need to find out more details please head over to this website. It has a lot more in depth knowledge of ‘slow fashion’ and the origins of the movement.

TR Pattern Cutting Demonstration…

Yesterday started off like another day, arrive in university at normal time however, as I walked past the notice board to saw the name TR Pattern Cutting by Shingo Sato… I reconised the name then thought nothing of it, carried on with my day.

Came back after lunch and there was a gentleman, smiling away at the front of our class I presumed it was Mr Sato, I was correct. As he started his demonstration I suddenly remembered… Origami dress! I wrote a blog post last year about it and his techniques.

His lecture was amazing, totally inspiring! Blew my mind away… He demonstrated simple techiques but have an amazing impact.

Designer Pudsey…

{ image credits. Vogue.co.uk }

Last night all of the designer bear collection where auctioned off rasing a total of £150 000 for Children in Need. The high bear sold for was an impressive £24 000 it was Giles Deacon’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted bear, second was Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at £20 000.

At Vogue.co.uk there are some pictures of how their Pudsey bear was made, great if you want a sneak peek at the behind the sceens!

{ image credits. Vogue.co.uk }

London Fashion Week #1…

I love when Fashion Week is on because so many new and wonderful creations to fill your imagination!

Here are highlights from my favorite designers.

Erdem, a new designer to myself, what stood out to me were those stunning prints. I am not typically a lover prints but these just blew me away. The colour combination, the pattern, the placement all of these elements make a sweet treat for the eyes. What I really do like from this is that they have layered two very different patterns on top of another (floral and geometric) and made it work through placement and colour.

Mary Katrantzou, has done it again! Every season she delivers and spring/summer 2013 is not one to hide from. Inspiration from postage stamps and money the unique patterns create a flattering flow across the body. The main use of black and white create for a strong and bold print which is what I love. Read the original post about Mary Katrantzou HERE

Matthew Williamson, a genius in my eyes. I seriously need that blazer in my collection! The bleeding effect, which you can sometimes get from running ink, is beautiful and is by far my favorite collection and piece this London Fashion Week. Mixed in with this is a stunning picturesque photograph of a mountain and grassland, again, bleeding into the rest of the garment.

Disclaimer:Photographs taken from Vogue.co.uk and only used for demonstrasion purposes

Hola Senorita…

I’d thought I’d kick off blogging again to get back into the swing of things, before I am back to university, and share with you my trip to Spain (Catalonia, to be specific!) While I was there I visited a town called Figueres, which also happens to be the birthplace of Salvador Dali (bit of luck there!) and took many great photographs for inspiration for the possible future.

{ Unknown to myself Dali made many fine pieces of jewelry as well as his paintings, Are they not beautiful? }

{ A small selection of my favorite pieces }

{ Interestingly I found two items of clothing he had designed! }

Generally the museum was amazing, beautiful and very inspiring! If you happen to visit close to this area it is definitely worth a visit.

To leave you a little bit of a fact, the museum was designed by Dali with no tour guides this was for you to take and understand what you’d see from his artwork, therefore every visitor will have their own unique experience.

Tumblr/Inspiration…

I love tumblr, I find it an amazing resorce for inspiration from fashion to interior design. I would like to share with you a selection of some of my most recent ‘likes’ and ‘reposts’ of peoples outfits so you can understand my style currently…

Please find my tumblr here