Thursday, 25 May 2017

Gracie Martin

Gracie Martin's costumes for Judith Kerr's classic story, 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' were inspired by 1920's Art Deco patterns the tigers acceptability/ respectability, that enabled him to enter the home is interestingly conveyed by the use of the tie, the stripes on the chest are created using multiple ties and the pointed tie shape is then carried through into the design and repeated in the layered shoulders and mask.  

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Velia Ansorg

Velia Ansorg's final presentation was designed using contemporary dance to interpret Bon Iver's 10 dEAThbREasT.
The album art inspired the digital print for the garments whilst accents to the movement are accentuated using illuminated origami elements.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Abigail King

For her degree collection Abigail King designed a site specific immersive interpretation of the 'Beauty and the Beast' by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, combining it with elements of Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber'.
The shoulders of the jacket of the beast incorporate digital prints of 'The Venus of Urbino', 1538 by Titian, which peep through the suiting fabric. The dress has a sea of embroidered eyes across the shoulders.
" The costumes draw upon fetishism and sexuality to create pieces that explore gender stereotypes, femininity and Gothicism." Abigail King 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Lucy Hutchcraft, Diwali

I was in awe of this project when it was launched at the beginning of the academic year for the third year performance costume students at ECA. The freedom, texture, vibrance and exuberance that it afforded was fantastic.
Students were asked to design costumes that would use brightly coloured and patterned sari fabrics donated by the charity Scottish Love In Action, and incorporate lighting into their designs
The work for this project launched this years Performance Costume show Lucy Hutchcraft's 'King' was one of the pieces;
"This project was so much fun. We were given the task to create a costume spectacle for the Diwali festival, which had to include lights! My costume is based on the evil King Narakasura, and legend says he was thief, so my costume is covered in lots of different textiles and fabrics and creates a lot of movement." Lucy Hutchcraft

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dayna Ali

                              Above: Photograph by Laurence Winram
Dayna Ali's degree production took Irvine Welsh's 'Marabou Stock Nightmares' as it's theme. Dayna bought it to a heightened horror and surrealism by the animation of the marabou Stork. The costume is designed to be worn back to front, with the actor patrolling the stage backwards.  The storks costume uses elements from football casuals with it's merging of football attire (all perfectly and disgustingly stained) and the mask and wings of the stork.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ellie Finch

This week saw the annual performance costume show at Edinburgh College of Art. This show stopping costume of 'Marian' is by Ellie Finch designed for 'The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood' by Howard Pyke.
The English folktale is retold in contemporary Mexico focussing on the economic inequality and rise in violence due to the drug trade. Marian's headpiece is adorned with syringes and poppies that are reflected in the kaleidoscopic design of her full skirt which is a complex pattern of syringes, machine guns, and cannabis leaves.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Gergei Erdel

Gergei Erdei's shell-encrusted collection from London College of Fashion's MA show, inspired by 19th Century Sailor’s Valentines. Gergei's mask work reminds me of the wonderful work of James Merry for Bjork.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Nguyen Cong Tri

Nguyen Cong Tri has created a collection celebrating the flower vendors of Saigon, this elegant monochrome collection is punctuated with splashes and textures of blooms and plants, like flowers growing through the cracks in the street.  
“Throughout my collection there are two different design perspectives. The front is a very simple, monochrome color, inspired by the way in which the flower ladies go about earning their living. The back is inspired by the flowers carried on their backs that appear to silently flood the city with oxygen and colour.’’
This collection combines a diverse range of fabrics and textures including cotton, khaki, knitting, and PVC. Monochrome bases are beautifully enhanced by Cong Tri's signature embroidery and techniques, which are offset by the flowers that adorn the back of each design. ‘‘In my humble opinion, fashion doesn’t have to be something steeped in luxury. Rather it needs to be sparked by an inspiring story or the needs of everyday life. Fashion, once worn, should inspire us to shine, to be positive and most of all to be cheerful. EM HOA is an extension of beauty itself. It takes us on a colouful journey and distracts us from the pressures and burdens of modern life.’’ Nguyen Cong Tri

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Bobby Becker

Digitally enhanced but a fantastic concept from Nashville based photographer Bobby Becker.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mona Luison

Mona Luison uses donated and found materials to collage garments, initially, she crafted jewellery items but these have organically grown into larger items sculptural clothing. Constructed using knitting and embroidery her work traverses fashion, jewellery, sculpture and toy/ doll making exploring themes of current affairs and current affairs. Thank you Spencer  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Opera Costumes of 1740's Bologna

Today I visited the International Museum and Library of Music in Bologna it was amazing. A tiny part of the incredible collection that they have, is these watercolour opera costume sketches from the 1740's. 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Maryam Ashkanian

Iranian artist Maryam Ashkanian has created these intimate sculptural portraits using pillows.
"I am really interested in sleeping people and I want to explore what they see in their dreams. I also believe they are in a different land or a different life. For me, when I start to sleep I really find myself in the middle of nowhere; in my utopia. I change into another person, or my real character, without a mask." Maryam Ashkanian

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Diana Scherer

German artist Diana Scherer has been  collaborating with biologists and ecologists of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and growing a portfolio of plant matter by encouraging roots to grow into molded forms dictating the pattern of growth and creating a unique natural art form, a root textile. They hope to develop this work into fabric or carpets and this year they plan to grow a root dress.
The fantastic thing about this possibility is that the roots fix carbon dioxide so carbon is fixed in the fibers, helping to remove it from the air.