Trend : Tired of doodling on paper…. How about your arm? Your thigh? Or even your face?
Rodarte kicked off the body art trend in New York, covering their models with tribal shapes to complement their primitive, deconstructed collection; a rich amalgamation of distressed fabric. James Kaliardos came up with the black curvilinear designs that ended up the perfect armour for Rodarte’s futuristic warrior women.
In Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier’s models were painted with their names in large, gothic typeface giving the collection attitude, whilst at Chanel, there was a daintier, and infinitely more wearable, approach. The models were decorated with temporary chain tattoos on their wrists and thighs. The wrist tattoos had an air of comedy and kitsch, signature elements of Karl Lagerfeld’s design aesthetic. I thought the thigh tattoos complimented the light and feminine collection. But will temporary tattoos translate well in real life? Instead of toughening up your cocktail dress with a pair of boots, maybe it is time you should be drawing on your arm!
At present I am in my final year of studying for a B.A. (HONS) in Fashion/Textiles at Colchester School of Art and Design. My current course has allowed me to develop an imaginative and innovative approach to design and experimentation, developing skills in garment construction and pattern cutting.
My work juxtaposes print and embellishment techniques with construction to reveal garments that are saturated in both historical and contemporary references, exploring amplified volume and body conscious fit. I am inspired by designers such as Erdem for his prints, saturated in a rich amalgamation of colour.
I was fortunate to gain a work placement with contemporary fashion designer Hannah Marshall, in which I assisted the designer in preparation for her spring/summer 2009 collection for London fashion week. This gave me an insight into the industry, further enriching my appreciation of high end construction techniques and refined tailoring.
As well as construction I have a great interest in fashion illustration, and after my degree hope to further my skill within this field.