That Paramore Concert...

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The one where me and Charlotte went to that Paramore Concert in November...
As soon as I heard Paramore were playing in London for extra dates, I had to see them! I'm such a huge fan. I actually found out about them on the...twilight soundtrack embarassingly, haha. But this led to find out what an actual great band they are.
It was a really great live show, even though I got annoyed with the live guests. I just wanted Paramore to come on! They eventually did after B.O.B performed Airplanes. Hayley was really A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I got so excited when she turned up, with pink hair! It was definitely not disappointing at all!
I'd definitely see them again. They'd be worth every penny :)
Here are some pictures. My stupid digital camera could not zoom in further than 3 zoom, argh.
I think it'd be quite cool to be a concert photographer, haha :)

This is when the crowd started to build up:
The Paramore t-shirt we brought. Check out those patterns! Officially my favourite tee :)

Hayley finally turned pink hair! Whilst performing with B.O.B's Airplanes, the crowd went crazy :)

I have these obsession with Polaroids.

I liked capturing what was on the screens:

Re-modernise Paisley?

Saturday, 11 December 2010

I've actually finished my first project in Print last month, so I'm just uploading some old work :). 
We had to choose a particular theme in a classic print and try to re-modernise our chosen theme in contemporary fashion textiles. Going to those three museums visits were meant to help me but I think the only one which really related to my project was the Horrockses Fashions Exhibition. I was torn between choosing floral and paisley as my main theme. But after talking with my tutor, I chose paisley in the end because its something different :)
With re-modernising paisley, I found...quite...a challenge! It's quite hard to re-modernise a classic print. I just sat there in my room, drawing different shapes and lines in my sketchbook.
So these are the designs I came up with in the end, first done by hand and then edited in Photoshop: 

Screen printing is a very messy job: 

Printed on silk chiffon:
What happened when I added an extra colour: 
This is when I printed too much and my design got transferred over to my tutor's cloth ^o^  He said I couldn't have the cloth but it can stay their forever :)

Some close-ups when I finished printing :) It was a long day.

What do you think? Good/Bad?

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The title says it all.
I went to the Future Beauty exhibition at the Barbican on 28th Oct. I really loved it! It was really  good. I was inspired but also...slightly intimidated at the same time (which is a good thing). Each garment was had a special element about it because it was so creatively made, it was the materials used and the concept behind the original design. When you look at each garment, you just feel drawn towards it because it looks so stunning. I read somewhere in the exhibition that there’s a concept called “Wabi-Sabi” in which imperfection defines beauty – personally I think that’s a really interesting definition of beauty, it’s in an opposite way because it’s always been perfect is what defines beauty. There were a couple of pieces made by Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.
I’m not sure if I’m being bias but I think that Japanese fashion designers are really the pioneer of creativeness. I like that they are more experimental with materials and, it seemed like they were not afraid to try new things out because it's good to be brave and unordinary. Seeing their garments felt like I was having an insight of the future rather than the present or the past. Love Japanese fashion designers :)

How cosy do those knitted lingerie look? I would never have thought of knitted lingerie!

Horrockses Fashions

Saturday, 27 November 2010

This was another exhibition I went on the 27th Oct for research (I'm such a nerd lol). It was the Horrockses Fashions at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The last ime I went there, which in February (quite a while) I saw the exhibition for Foale and Tuffin creating fashion for the young during the 60s, which I loved. But this one I went to was just as amazing. Horrockses Fashions Limited is a manufacturer that created fashion garments for women in the 1940s and 1950s. I loved the clothes :) There were lots of full skirt dresses which ranged from summer dresses, beachwear to evening elegant dresses. The style during that era was very feminine and lady-like, something like...Marilyn Monroe would wear. The prints stood out, they were very bright and colourful, seems so fun to wear.
Immediately, the prints caught my eye in the glass displays. There were quite a few fabric designs by Pat Albeck and some dresses made by Alastair Morton. I was quite immersed in the garments and I heard it was really cheap in those days! It told a story of how the manufacturer started with the fashion design process in a Horrockses dress and also working with designers. 

This garment below (left) is a wedding dress deisgned by Marta Pirn for Daphne Patten's wedding in 1950. The dress is quite simple but I really like it, I think it has a modest feminine edge. I also love the dress on the right is so gorgeous! The prints are lovely.

Here are some beachwear fashion dresses:

These are the prints (below) I was talking about. So colourful and vibrant, don't you think? I liked how the designer started working on paper before applying on fabric.

I love that playsuit!

I brought this tote bag after I finished gawking at the Horrockses dresses. I like the banana prints, they're quite funny. The cost was not that bad ;)

What do you think?

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