My year at fashion design school is quickly coming to an end – our runway show will take place on June 22nd! It has been a whirl-wind of a school year. With only three weeks left my classmates and I are all rushing to complete our runway lines.
My line will include six looks for women and one menswear look (which includes the Newcastle Cardigan and the Jedediah Pants!). The inspiration is British 1940s wartime sensibilities of “Make Do and Mend” and non-disposable fashion paired with natural fibers and the earthy tones of the B.C. coastline.
I’ve named each garment after a different city or town near the area of England that my family comes from. I love L.S. Lowry’s paintings of Manchester and have used his common colourway for my line – it is interesting that when the colours have been removed from the context of his grubby cityscapes they perfectly echo the tones one would expect to see on a west coast beach – periwinkle blue, chestnut brown, camel tones, and clay colours.
I’ve currently finished several of the outfits but still feel like there is so much to do! Here is the result of a practice photoshoot taken on a fitting evening with my models (my sister and her field-hockey team mates – aren’t they beautiful?):
As you can see, from the picture above, the fitting night was lots of fun! We were told to try to find professional models for our show (I will be using three amazing professionals who are volunteering their time) but I am really glad that I have also included my sister and her friends because, not only are they stunning, they are lots of fun! The ‘fitting session’ consisted of mojitos, snacks, the goofiest photo shoot ever, and lots of hilarious walks down an imaginary runway. Much more fun than your standard fitting session!
Here are the technical drawings of my designs – some shown in various stages of completion in the photos and some yet to be made:
This outfit looked really pretty on the model with the shirt untucked for the photoshoot but I think I will be tucking it in for the fashion show to display the waistband on the pants.
Doesn’t this model’s gorgeous dark curls look stunning against the pale pink silk? I had always drawn and imagined the dress on a blond model (the model who will be wearing this on the runway has blond curls) but I do love how it shows off her pretty dark hair!
This blazer has already been featured on a previous blog post and I am really glad I had it finished so early in the year so I don’t have to worry about such a complicated pattern at this point in the sewing process. I have yet to hem the shirt (made out of cheesecloth!!) or to make the pants for this outfit…that is next week’s challenge!
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