As many of you may know if you read my post about taking a BTEC course, (if not you can read about it in my post, Why taking a BTEC doesn’t mean I’m stupid.) I took Fashion and Clothing throughout the 2 years of my A-Levels. In this time I made, styled and photographed many pieces and although I am not pursuing a career in fashion design I am extremely proud of what I have achieved. Therefore, I have decided to share with you guys my favourite pieces of work as I still love to receive feedback, as well as showing some who may be considering this course what can be achieved and maybe inspiring some who are currently on the course.
The first piece I want to share was based on historical influence where the outcome was a modern piece inspired by historical fashion, a styling shoot and then a magazine article. With my experience in writing and originally wanting to pursue in fashion journalism, I would say this was one of my strongest outcomes.
I’m now going to talk a bit about the story behind this unit and how it led to the photos below because I find context super interesting but if you are not feeling a long read, skip ahead because I’m about to do some serious waffling.
I have always been really interested in the thinking and justification behind costume design for film, so this project began with the question: ‘how important is historical accuracy within film costume?’ I looked into 3 films following this, The Great Gatsby (a modern film set in the past), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (a film set in the time it was filmed), and The Hunger Games (a modern film set in the future). Although Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all-time favourite films set in one of my favourite periods of fashion, I actually picked The Hunger Games to take forward.
You may be thinking: how can a futuristic film be used within a unit on historical influence? I felt the same way, but the more I looked into the film, the more I understood how important history was to costume designer, Judianna Makovsky, and how in hindsight you can really see the historical pieces within her work. It even helped me understand the film and characters better. I could waffle on and explain all the elements to the hunger games costumes but I’m going to try and explain in brief Judianna’s inspirations for the Capitol costumes; to create the sinister and slightly comical looks was the bright designs of Schiaparelli and historical fashion and architecture. Therefore, I took this idea to create a look that was wearable for now but had a sense of futurism. I fell in love with Schiaparelli, not only with her collections but also with her story so I kept that element in the use of bright colours, especially pink, contrasted with black. For the historical element, I used the feminine shapes of the 1950s with cigarette trousers and a sweetheart crop top.
I photographed this piece outside a multi story car park due the grey, dull colour tones which contrasted against the brights I used, the concrete, metal and glass reinforcing the futuristic environment.
Grace, @gracie_edser (Instagram)
Trousers & Crop Top:
Designed & made by me
For those who are interested in the construction of this piece, the pattern is from Simplicity (I can’t remember the exact one but I used 2 different ones), the fabric I made the top from was from an online fabric shop called fabricgodmother.co.uk. I would really recommend this shop for graphic prints, scuba, and really wearable patterns, they also sent me out around 10 free samples. The rest of the fabric was just from my local fabric shop.
And I believe that is all about this piece! I am so happy with how this project turned out, with both the outfit and photos being exactly how I imagined they’d be if not better. Of course, I would love to receive your feedback and please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about this project or the fashion course.
Until next time,