Thursday 29 January 2015

Jasmine Haoyao Deng I

A crazy cacophony of colour and knitting for Jasmine Haoyao Deng's 'Dream' outfits.
Jasmin has approached these knitted dress forms in a very sculptural way. The interest is not focused purely on the front of the garment, but flows around it beautifully linking the front and back whilst giving some lovely surprises.
Jasmine graduated last year with an MA in Fashion Design Technology (Menswear) from London School of Fashion.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Atelier Kikala

Atelier Kikala's 'More is Love', AW 2014-15 collection by Lado Bokuchava has breath taking textile combinations of sheer, net, knit, and wool fabrics whilst being elegant and stunningly original. The textures created are sumptuous, intriguing and beautiful.
"I got interested in learning more about planets, geology and things that at first sight appears dead and soulless. However, they constantly move and change, undergo transformation processes and you can feel that they are alive. Each color and texture in the collection has its own mood and meaning. For example, white is a cosmic color, I associate it with endless space and silence, while black embodies freedom for me."  Lado Bokuchava
This collection has taken earth as its inspiration, incorporating textures and sculptural motifs that reflect the geology. Photography is by Mamuka Kikalishvili Lado's partner.

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Thom Brown by Erik Madigan Heck

Absolutely stunning colour saturation and classic compositions with 1950's beauty and elegance by photographer Erik Madigan Heck, for Thom Brown SS2015's 'NO PHOTOS PLEASE' styled by Rebecca Ramsey. This collection has lots of 1970 flare and power in its colour and form, whilst also including folk elements like the wool embroidery and tatting in the embellishment and accessories.

When I was in graduate school (Parsons School for Design MFA) I used to try and show my fashion work in group-critiques, and discuss it in the larger context of photography as a medium. The professors for the most part wanted nothing to do with fashion photography, and I find today this is still true in the academic world, and the gallery world- fashion photography is still kind of the ugly cousin of Art photography. On the one hand I understand that on a base level fashion photography is simply serving a function: to advertise the clothing that it portrays. But, on the other hand, I think fashion photography is kind of a nothing term, where it can encompass anything and everything. It can be analyzed in terms of how it portrays gender, how it comments on socio-economic illustration (oftentimes in the most crass way), and it’s also unburdened from being critiqued by academia- so in many ways it’s free to exist as a true barometer for our time. It also has the ability to merge fantasy and illustration into a medium that I feel has become very expected. I rarely see Art photography in a gallery setting that excites or inspires anymore. But, I would be lying if I said I set out to use fashion photography as a way to discuss all of that, for me I’ve always seen my work as an extension of my interest in beauty as an ideal. Beauty is really the only thing that interests me. I think it’s the only true thing we have to discuss in art. Erik Madigan Heck

Saturday 24 January 2015

Catherine O'Leary

 I love these felt works by Australian artist Catherine O'Leary they remind me of fungi in particular a Bridal Veil Stinkhorn.

Often I find this with hand crafted felt garments they have a very organic look texture and shape. The layering of black and white in Catherine's garment is very startling and the broken net of a silhouette is stunning.

Friday 23 January 2015

Hyun Soo Kim II

Hyun Soo Kim's 2013 'Archidaisme' collection. I really like the optical tricks that Hyun Soo Kim's designs create with their combinations of fabrics, lengths as well as the sense of movement. I wonder if Hyun has yet combined his skills and training to create costumes for dance performances.

Thursday 22 January 2015

Hyun Soo Kim I

This collection 'Parutions' by Hyun Soo Kim has intricate and complex shaping and structure but the way he has incorporated voile creates the illusion of double exposure and I love this clever use of fabric opacity and transparency.
Hyun Soo Kim was originally a professional dancer in Korea before moving to America. Once in America he became more aware of stylists and fashion and this interest eventually leading to a career in fashion design.

Tuesday 20 January 2015

ClaesMikael Svensson I

"My work consists of creating textile installations, costumes, sculptures, performance art and design profiles. The creation revolves mostly around the material, physical aging, physical design and a deeper exploration of historical needlework. Since I have a deep interest in needlework and timeless techniques mirrored it in my expression, material selection, design, and in the object's structure." ClaesMikael Svensson
This dress and head dress were made from plastic glasses to promote Oji Drinks, Forsman and Bodenfors at the Stockholm Music & Arts exhibition 2013 designed by ClaesMikael Svensson photographed by Lisa Hasselgren.

Monday 19 January 2015

Amelia Agosta

Amelia Agosta’s work explores structural and sculptural distortion and manipulation of clothing surfaces and silhouette design. Amelia's designs convey a modern and avant garde aesthetic. Her designs incorporate knit, stretch, woven and contemporary non woven fabrics.

Thursday 15 January 2015

Gebei He I

Gebei He is a Chinese Canadian student who is studying an MA in menswear from London College of Fashion. Gebei He's work concentrates on texture, shape and silhouette incorporating lovely woven details as well as fusing different cultures and cultural elements.

Monday 12 January 2015

Louise Te Poele

Dutch artist Louise Te Poele's fantastic, exuberant fashion photographs from her 2013 series 'ArtEZ modeportretten 7'.
"I find pictures as they come from a camera very boring." I started to mess around like a small inventor in my room with pins, pots, fabrics, dried flowers and other frills. Then I was happy." Louise Te Poele

Saturday 10 January 2015

Friday 9 January 2015

Ruben Ireland

Ruben Ireland is a British based illustrator whose work is perfect for fashion illustration combining dence tonal rendering with delicate line observation of detail and usually featuring slight women whom appear to have strong characters.

Thursday 8 January 2015

Hildur Yeoman

Magical and quite disturbing illustrations by Icelandic fashion designer and illustrator Hildur Yeoman, whose work is a wonderful merging of fantasy and reality.

Wednesday 7 January 2015


 Ruffled, full textured and dramatic head pieces and garments by Icelandic designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir's label STEiNUNN. Steinunn on returning to her native Iceland after studying in New York has seen the Island in a new way noticing the unnoticed and seeking her heritage.
I"n everything I do, I always work with the texture, it is from Icelandic lava, Icelandic stones" Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

Saturday 3 January 2015

Ida Taavitsainen

'In Memory of my Wardrobe' is a photographic project by Finnish photographer Ida Taavitsainen. Using garments of friends and family that she has inherited she has examined memories and emotions attached to garments. One dress belonged to Ida's grandmother whom she never met, but she explained that wearing this dress has brought her closer to her grandmother as she knows her size and felt closer to her when she was wearing it.

 "My grandfather bought the fabric in Scotland, my grandmother designed the suit and her loyal seamstress made it for her. It was one of my grandmother’s favourite suits (above). She wore it for many years at lunches and receptions when she had to look presentable. I decided to continue the tradition, and am loyal to my grandmother in that I’ve also worn the suit or jacket at occasions when I’ve needed to look presentable. Ida Taavitsainen
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