ummmm not a lot really… We were given this project at the beginning of summer and like Maxine, I chose to spend my holidays in chilly London working in the industry and gaining invaluable experiece. My mind was elsewhere and to be honest I thought of swimsuits very little while I pulled on my third pair of tights every morning in the 2 degree weather. What I didn’t realise was that my idea of a concept was developing all around me everyday. During my time overseas I saw London in a dark light. The frustration of the recession and its impact on the fashion industry and the social impact was blatently evident. Abuse was being hurled at bankers in the city, business’ were going under and high street shops were closing quickly and in surprisingly large numbers. English favorites like Woolworths, Adams, and MFI have gone. Panic and despair started to hit the country right in front of my eyes. This darkness became the base of my concept.
During fashion week, a prevalent point from editors and the fashion crowd was that too many designers were ‘playing it safe’, they wanted to see colour and creativity in a time of darkness but they felt there were too many classic items and not much crazyness. Stand out pieces were limited. At a time of financial uncertainty most designers had decided to take the safe option and pick boring silhouettes. The anger continued. I felt this anger and decided to look at it in a design term. The sharp fierce lines of fashion became an obsession for me and started to notice them everywhere. I was lucky enough to work on and watch Emilio de la Mareno’s A/W 2009 show. The sharp shapes of his show inspired me greatly. These are some of my images.
Emilio De La Moreno A/W 2009
The show was amazing and the shapes that Mareno created were just beautiful. I then started to look at some other designers and see what they were doing with interesting shapes and sillohettes.
Sandra Backlund www.sandrabacklund.com
I was and am always really inspired by Sandra Backlund who I was fortunate enough to meet on my travels. Her designs are unbelievably complicated and I’m always left wondering how the hell she even begins to work out how to design it let alone work out the construction. I was also very inspired by Louise Goldin and her S/S 2009 collection which I think just shows the amazing new talent that is coming out of places like London.
Louise Goldin S/S 2009
It was quite a natural progression for me to go from sharp geometric designs to looking at cubism. I became very interested in Picasso’s work and from here started to look at the art world. I looked at the artist Eduardo Paolozzi’s very tetris-like work and his sculpture and then began the journey of design development.
Picasso’s Woman Playing Mandolin