Friday, 11 April 2014

Fashion Revolution

On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue.

Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.
This is a great project, follow the link and see how you can get involved!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Style features at Christian Dior

HNC learners should be reviewing ideas for the panelled dress that they will be making in the forthcoming weeks. Take a look at current collections to analyse how designers work with style details such as panels, tucks, quilting and embellishment - all ideas that we have been exploring in class sessions - to consider how to refine ideas to create a garment that is contemporary, interesting and wearable in its cut. 

The following images are from Christian Dior, AW14, Paris
With clear bright colours and clever silhouettes the collection features twists on quilting, sports style lacing and the use of tucks to add fullness, shape and volume.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Jack (et)

East of Scotland based Jacket (et) launched in 2013 by Jill Skulina produces a range of customised menswear. The range consists of jackets which are embellished with everything from beads, embroidery, patches, piping, customised buttons and lettering. Fun! Click on the link above for a short film.

Monday, 17 March 2014

NC Fashion Design and Manufacture- Shibori Monday

NC Fashion students enjoyed a creative afternoon exploring simple dyeing techniques based on Japanese Shibori methods. Great fun was had working with bucket dye baths and dye bundles using coins and bulldog clips clamped together with rubber bands, string and a smile. Looking forward to next weeks session. 

Ready to dye.

Dye bundles in Flamingo Pink, Bahamas Blue and Sunflower Yellow. Students experimented with a quick bit of colour mixing at the end and all were happy with their Blueberry shade.

Caitlin's Rubber band on Calico.

Perrin's stitched Shibori shapes.

Brandon's folded Shibori bundle became this.

Lesleyanne's Tribal folded Shibori.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Style Conscience- Mary Quant Dress - Charity Raffle

Interested in winning an original Mary Quant dress?

Maggie McDonald of Style Conscience in Markinch is currently fundraising for Fife Society for the Blind. Tickets to enter the raffle to win the dress are priced at £5.00 each and can be purchased here. Good Luck.

Style Conscience purchased this fabulous Mary Quant dress from one of their customers. It was then raffled at the first event they organised. The winner was a former nurse colleague of the owner Maggie Macdonald and she kindly donated it back to help raise funds for whatever charity Style Conscience was supporting at that time, namely Fife Society for The Blind.
Maggie has visited the V&A Museum in London and had it examined by one of their curators who is sure it is cashmere and probably angora, additionally it is in very good condition and still perfectly wearable today. Being a style from the 1970's it is a bit longer than the iconic minis Mary Quant was famous for in the 60's !
Here is the story from it's original owner
"In the early 70s I was having a wander around the shops in Edinburgh when I saw a sign outside one of the Georgian terraces in the New Town.  It was advertising a designer clothes clearance sale for one day only and was being held in a room in one of the flats rented for the purpose.
Always on the lookout for a bargain, I went in for a browse and spotted the perfect ‘little black dress’.  Just what every woman needs in her wardrobe!  Joy of joy, when I tried it on it fitted perfectly.  I was even more pleased when I noticed the label was Mary Quant, the icon of fashion design in the 1960s so I snapped it up immediately.
 Unfortunately I have expanded a little over the ensuing years and sadly, my beautiful dress no longer fits me.  I have found it perfect for every occasion, from weddings and funerals to christenings, parties and meals out.  It’s a dream to wear – light as a feather – and I hope it brings as much pleasure to its next owner as it has to me.  Enjoy! "

Simone Rocha - London Fashion Week A/W 14/15

These images from London Fashion Week are part of Simone Rocha's collection for Autumn/Winter 2014/15. Simone is very interesting as a designer with her use of similar silhouette (top 3 images) and fabric choices that show fantastically different end results. The lower images show use of simple silhouettes again that allow the fabric surface to do a lot of the work. Key words here are : gloss, shimmer, lustre, matt, fur. See more of Simone's show here.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Fife College Fashion Shoot

These images are from a recent photo shoot our Fife College HND  Fashion students organised and styled with HND Photography students. Hair and make up by Fife College Hair and Beauty students.

Dress by Sarah Jane McGeown

Dress by Charis Wiltshire 

Dress by Liga Lazdina

Dress by Hannah Shanks