Julie and I independently enrolled in a short course at Edith Cowan University on Contemporary Fashion. We’ve had two sessions so far. We all drew lots for an object from which to take design ideas. I got a ratty old white folding umbrella. It could have been worse. Julie got a razor!! (She’s done great things with it though).
I’m enjoying the focus on design tools and trying to loosen up. In other words, I’m trying not to design garments I’d wear; just develop ideas that look good!! I’ll make the most wearable of my designs but will still have grown as a result of the course.
Here are the images of my designs at the end of Week 2:
The one I’ll probably make is on the left. It has the shape from the umbrella segments plus a stencil from the “spokes” of the umbrella
A cape or shape reflecting the sheltering qualities of the umbrella. Could easily form a shape for a sleeve instead.
Everything old is new again. This looks so twee and 60s that it must be due for a revival! It exploits the pleating of the umbrella plus a “flower” motif from finely folded fabric and the narrow machined hem of most umbrella borders. Sleeves again are the “caps” formed by three umbrella segments.
- Feature headwear inspired by the repetition of the folds of the umbrella. The WAFTA challenge this year is “hats” so why not? This will look great in semi-sheer organza.
This is the most difficult design to envisage making. Its tulip shape would require wiring and carful draping and even then I wouldn’t wear it! The picture looks OK though!
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