Saturday, 17 September 2011

Textile Technology L01 Fibres

Sheer drama

John Galliano clearly loved Textile Technology

Vivienne Westwood plays with texture and pattern

Lace collage skull

Alexander McQueen understands the physical and aesthetic properties of silk.

Yohji Yamamoto layers, assymetry, pattern

Yohji Yamamoto smooth, insulating, lustre, crisp, etc etc

Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto and Alexander McQueen built their careers on selecting dramatic and aesthetically pleasing fabrics.

Learning about where fibres come from, how they are structured and most importantly their physical and aesthetic properties can be researched from many sources. Primary research in our wardrobes and in fashion stores lets us understand what can't be appreciated from a book or website during secondary research.

So get thee to a fabric store asap and out into the market place to try on, touch, see and feel how fabrics drape, cling, stretch and shine. Pair up contrasting textures and weights and play with sheer, opaque, pattern and plain. Dont be shy, you can't really make a mistake just a new effect so experiment til your heart is content.

There are enormous differences between animal, vegetable, synthetic and regenerated fibre properties and understanding these raw materials will not only make your fashion more dramatic and creative but will allow you to confidently predict and select fabrics for future seasons. Think of a fabric store as a sweet shop and go play.

The Naturals: Cotton, Linen, Silk, Wool, Bamboo, Soy Bean, Milk Protein etc, etc, etc

The Man Mades: Nylon, Polyester, Acetate, Vicose, Acrylic, etc, etc, etc

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