Contemporary Fashion

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

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.

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.

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.
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!

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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One Response to Contemporary Fashion

  1. Louise says:

    These are fantastic Margaret, what a great start to a collection. Please let me know if they run another course, I’d love to attend.

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