Experimenting with dead-flesh like latex garments to reflect Fashion’s transience, inspired by the theme ‘Trends’.
This photograph was used as part of my style shoot in a magazine I made for my BTECL3 final project. It is inspired by simplicity and elegance, which was a theme I tried to keep throughout the magazine. Styled and shot by me.
The Club to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A takes us back to the unapologetic Eighties fashion scene and shows how it’s still influential today.
The exhibition boasts garments which transformed the decade. They were produced by some of today’s top designers – Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Katherine Hamnett – who were, at the time, wild and experimental undergraduates with a deep creative talent. The decade was defined by a post-punk pop culture , with eclectic pop stars such as Duran Duran, Boy George and Spandeau Ballet performing at some of the most vibrant fashion shows. This meant that inevitably they inspired catwalk and club fashion trends. They also influenced graphic prints that would become a trademark of the decade. Frankie said, ‘Relax’!
Club to Catwalk really sets the scene and makes you feel like part of the pop culture via the garish mannequins, videos of catwalks and scattered sketchbook pages. The exhibition has two floors; the first, offering conservative designs across several decades is juxtaposed with the second, with its camp displays, neon, skin-tight clothing and Rave and Goth.
Downstairs in a small separate room there is a display of panoramic, looped films, showing clubs such as Taboo and Blitz. It also shows pop-punk and gothic bands with their groupies, some of whom sported Mohicans, heavy black eyeliner and dark, layered clothing. It’s a fascinating experience to be surrounded by these elements of the eighties.
Club to Catwalk – a blast from the past, a memorable journey through a turbulent decade.
After creative project Fashion & Politics for which my chosen theme was human rights through Holocaust point on view, we started another exciting project Fashion Diffusion. As Fashion & Politics project was all about creativity and a lot of research, this is completely different as it requires to design commercial collection (jacket, dress, top and trousers or jumpsuit) for chosen brand – in my case – ZARA. Despite the different brief and new project requirements, Fashion & Politics project is still part of it as our designed jacket now are required to be done in real fabrics and one element from Fashion & Politics developed into new commercial collection for Fashion Diffusion.
I started by coming back to my Fashion & Politics sketchbook where I looked for inspiration and one element which would be developed and designed into few pieces collection. The photo of massive ‘sea’ of shoes catch my attention.
I focused on the date on the shoe sole. From here I started to think about how I could use this date and how to relate it with commercial collection.
Here I came to another research in B. Zelizer book which is as interesting as Hinda shoe story. This time is was about tattoos on Jewish body made after the Holocaust to honor the Holocaust victims and to highlight the evidence in that time.
Vainstein has created a kind of body narrative which begins with Jewish ghettoization and deportation on her lfet leg and travels upward, showing the horrors of the concentration camps, the reign of terror, torture, and death that culminates in the ashes of the crematorium on her upper back (2001, 310 p.).
In defending her tattoos, Veinstein asks: ”Why not have external scars to represent the internal scars?” (2001, 308 p.). The tattoos represents a form of explicit personal commemoration and a continuation of historical memory, the ”internal scars”’ of a people made visible on the body of one of its young. To demonstrate her belief that the postwar generations must carry on the memory of the Holocaust, she places her own body between the past and future as a barrier to forgetting.
This is the start of my research for my light project. I have made a small book to go inside my sketchbook, with lots of different types of photography and examples of my work to show the variety of styles. We chose the theme ourselves so this research was used before we had chosen a topic. I looked at food, fashion, light, portraiture, animals, movement and documentary. There are examples of my food and movement theme on the left, which show examples of my work, which I put after my analysis of the topic and why I would or wouldn’t choose that theme.