Sunday, May 22, 2011

A day in the life of a dress maker

 

Creativity. It is something that can be easy and hard. You have the ideas but they don’t always work. It drives you crazy and it is like a huge fail. Though when you come up with the perfect idea all the stress and time was all worth it because, you have this amazing, indestructible idea. Then that idea gets crushed. Then you have to start all over again from scratch with enough confidence and faith that you can come up with something better. The question is how do we get this faith. I’ve been recently watching a very inspiring TV series called ‘The Day Before’  it is on SBS2 and it is about the day before a runway show, a free ticket into the dramatic and daunting life of the makers, designers, and planners. The series so far has featured Proenza Shouler, Sonia Rykiel, and John-Paul Gaultier. As incredible and eye catching as ‘The Day Before’ is, I sit on the sofa in pain because I become so nervous for the everyone on the design team. You see these mind blowing garments that they are somehow managing to construct and it just makes you think, how are they not screaming at the camera man to leave them alone and stop asking questions because of the possible two hours that they have left to finish a garment that has taken 180 hours to create. (In which btw was cancelled at the last minute before a show.) I admire and am astonished at their calm and focused attitudes throughout the whole design/making process. The makers of a brand should be celebrated just as much as the designer. I guess faith comes from knowledge, courage and the knowhow that there is dress maker out there who not only has to finish a garment before the show in a few hours, but has to puzzle pieces of crocodile together to make a dress. Seriously though watch the show it’s a little distressing but completely inspiring and perfect for any fashionista.

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My most loved trait about Sonia Rykiel apart from the exquisite clothes is the models skipping laughing and dancing down the run way. It is like a runway party to watch I highly recommend to YouTube one of the runway collections.sonia-rykiel-2011

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These were pretty cute.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fashion: An everlasting beauty

 

Fashion at the moment is quite calm and seems to be focusing more on the beauty of clothing for example the natural beauty of a simple cream dress. It’s a strong shape, and that’s all it needs to be the next big thing. This months issue of Vogue Australia had a focus on brides. There was first, second and third brides. First brides focusing on extravagant, beautiful and fun dress, second brides were more simple beauty and the third bride was dressed like she was off to a winter tea party… In a pink suit. It was quite sad actually, it was like the third bride had just given up on love. Given up on looking good for a wedding, because it’s a waste of money since the marriage won’t last long. I was expecting a divorce outfit after that. I believe every bride should look there best no matter the circumstances, and to never give up on love because you have true loves everywhere all over the world, and you just have to make your pick right.

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So there ! These dresses are amazing and fit for a queen. I made a new time record on making a dress last night. I was pretty proud of myself even though in industry it’s probably not that impressive, but 5 hours and about 30 minutes was my time. Anyway after seeing this dress and looking back at a frustrating 5 and a half hours, I can’t help but praise and look up to whoever was brave enough to make this dress.  

Marc Jacobs new daisy is here! 

This is yet another amazing scent by the Marc Jacobs. I went and got a tester card the other day and I put it in my wallet, and now I can smell Eau so fresh wherever I go!

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I just had to put this up. Lady Gaga: Legend

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

that that don’t kill me can only make me stronger

 

I watched such a good program last night on Proenza Shouler. It was about the steps they went through to get to that final bow and a round of applause on the catwalk. As stressful as the program was with all the miss fitting of garments, shoes breaking and literally minutes before the show started a collar wasn’t sitting right, seeing the creation behind the look book, the catwalks and the garment itself, is such an inspiration and just got me so excited about the fashion industry and I just can’t wait to be doing the same. I also decided that Anna Wintor does not sound as scary as she looks. I also feared for the designers and all the disasters that could happen backstage, but what was amazing, is how quickly people came up with ideas to fix the problems. I take my hat off and bow to the hard working people backstage of any event.

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It’s been so long since I have worn a really bright colour. I have been going through a bit of a dark phase I think. But wearing this outfit, even through I changed out of it strait away, brought a sense of relief and freedom. It very interesting as to how this happened, but I loved how wearing a colour just brightens your mood, try it, it actually works.

The outfit: So I used this amazing sheer, hot pink shawl that I have had for years and draped it over my neck like a scarf, then wrapped it around and belted it. It’s pretty simple, and then I topped it off with my white sheer vest that I made. I also may have stolen the idea from an amazing outfit off vanessajackman.com, it was one of those moments when you see an outfit and immediately makes you think of something you have in your closet and you just have to see if you can pull it off. 

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Illustrating fashion

An exhibition of fashion illustrations 

I have decided to add a new category to my blog, art. I see art as fashion through colour and texture, and the way that it brightens moods. Illustrating fashion is exhibiting fashion illustrations by some of Brisbane's best fashion designers. Fashion Illustration is an art though that I am a little obsessed over, I mean if we weren’t renting, my walls would be covered in drawings and mood boards.

By Adele Rachael Turner

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By Julie Tengdahl

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