Exhibition Set Up

After preparing the studio space I started setting up my area for the exhibition. I initially planned on showing just one garment however as my project developed and I created more pieces to show in the Festival Of Making fashion show, I decided to present the three different looks.

I tested different arrangements of the mannequins, photographing them from different angles to see how the garments would look in the exhibition. I also used sheets of paper to visualise where I will later mount the A2 prints from my studio shoot. I am yet to decide if I will have 2 or 3 images on the boards behind or next to my garments, and if possible I will have my look book on display for the exhibition to show a number of images from my shoot.

I had to do some touching up of the paint and added another layer of gum strip to the edges of the boards to give a more professional finish.

 

Fashion illustrations on boards

I decided to create another illustration board showing the third outfit idea I had when designing my final pieces. I felt like the previous piece using my wire figures as the influence for the body shapes worked well and so I wanted to repeat this method. Using a pencil I created outlines for the two figures I worked into the drawings, adding layers of acrylics to depict the different materials used in the garments. As this was the weave top and skirt design, I used the end of a paintbrush and pen details to create a sort of cross hatching effect. As with the other piece below, I felt like the painting on its own needed a bit more detail on the outline and so I used a fineliner to create lines around some sections. The piece could be presented alongside the other painting of two figures and I photographed the different positions of the boards to see how it would look. I have made sure to photograph these pieces because if I’m to create an online portfolio soon I want to feature this work.

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Photoshoot Outcomes

I am really pleased with the images from my studio photoshoot and I am now working on deciding which images to present with my work in the exhibition or put into a look book. There were over 100 images, so I have saved all of these onto my laptop and printed thumbnails for my sketchbook. I made sure to tell the photographer that I intend to make some large prints of the photos so she also gave me the RAW versions of the images too. I definitely want to present the two photos below in a book/leaflet, possibly with the two pages next to each other as I like the simplicity of the models poses, allowing the focus to be on the clothes.

I now need to edit some of the photos, cropping some of the images where the edge of the background is showing, and straightening some of the shots. Overall I think this was a successful collaboration, and I now have a range of full length shots from different angles, as well as close up details which was what I aimed for.

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Wire Drawing Development

Something I enjoyed using in my previous projects was creating wire figures using the spot welder and covering them with sections of fabrics. I previously made the figures and have been using the figures on their own to create line drawings and illustrations by drawing around them. After completing some painted illustrations based on the wire pieces I decided to cover the faces with skin- coloured fabric using some tights that I cut up, and using magazine cut-outs I added lips. I like the effect created by not giving the faces all of the facial details, however I might add some paint details to create eyebrows.

The materials used were chenille wool, melted polythene bags and polyurethane frills. When presenting these pieces I plan to mount the wire on plain white sheets of card and secure them with small amounts of liquid glue.

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PVC & Acrylic Neckpiece Development

Following on from a technique I tried during my initial researching of materials, I created a number of shapes made up of thick layers of acrylic paint on PVC sheets. The piece will be worn with the large neoprene skirt that I made, and I chose to use the PVC as a base for the shapes because of the flexibility of the material and the way it allows paint to dry as a solid on the surface. I am pleased with the results of the shapes and once cut out, I was able to layer the pieces to build up texture.

Once the shapes were layered I decided the neckpiece needed a little more volume to compliment the oversized, full skirt, and so I began to make some larger ‘frills’ using folded pieces of mattress protector sheets. I’m planning on adding the frills to the outer edge of the neckpiece which I will photograph in my upcoming shoot.

 

Garment Development & Styling

I made the decision to get an existing swimsuit digitally printed by the company I used to create my own print designs, Contrado.co.uk. I felt that because I have had little experience using an overlocker with stretch fabrics and I’m dedicating time to other aspects of this project, this was the best decision for me to allow me to create my vision.

Once the cropped jumper was sewn together I attached the trims which I created using the same crepe scuba that the sleeves and body is made from. I really like the effect created using just two knit stitches which I knitted until I had a length that would fit the neck and hem lines of the top. The stretch of the fabric allowed me to create a very textured, wiggly knit which I am pleased with.

For the photoshoot I’ve planned, I would like the top to be worn over the printed swimsuit as shown in the final photograph, along with white semi-sheer tights which I think will link well to the wetsuit- inspired elements as well as keeping with the bridal colours. I may have the model wearing some accessories in their hair if I am able to make these as well, such as fabric/plastic flowers.

Editing Design Plans & Solving Issues

Below are photos of the shape of a sleeve from the pattern I created for the cropped jumper. My initial design was to have a top made completely from knitted strips of crepe scuba, however I realised that after creating a small knitted sample with my desired fabric, I would not be able to afford to buy the large amount needed to create a piece on this scale. I also had to think about my time frame and decided that I needed to be more realistic and not spend the majority of my time on the one piece, as my plans are to create more than one garment.

The cropped jumper will be worn with a digitally printed swimsuit I designed, and so with this in mind, I chose to keep the top a little simpler; using white crepe scuba for the majority of the jumper. After constructing the pattern pieces I’ve cut I will be taking the 16 strips of crepe scuba that have been hand cut, hand stitching the lengths together, before creating knitted trimmings for the neckline and hemline of the jumper.