Conclusion

 

This blog has given me an insight to appreciate and understand; how to develop an online profile/ portfolio professionally and look at other creative profiles to gain inspiration.
I now understand the hard work that goes into making blogs become successful and how time consuming this can be.
Initially, I found writing blogs easier because it’s more informal, mainly based your opinion and perception formed from your research. However, I felt a responsibility to check for validity as this is not always present when using some internet sources. Also, when researching; it’s important to research and range of sources and perspectives as this gives your blog more depth and insight.
I have never used wordpress or created a blog before, so I found it an interesting way to creatively express your interests and personality, the format of wordpress I found complicated at times as pictures were placed differently when previewing compared to editing.

Some blogs that I find inspiring are: http://thewarpandweftblog.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://www.shewearsfashion.com/
Textile related warp and weft look at different techniques and are good for visuals.
She wears fashion is my favourite fashion blog. It’s run by a single person who is 20 and has blogged for a few years, blogging has given her the opportunity to attend London fashion week as she has been ‘spotted’ as an upcoming fashionista; her blog which is heavily focused on her outfits contains no information on the industry and is purely based on her social everyday life and outfits.
If I were to carry on with the blog, I would continue to research about my different interests and look into areas where I know little about; also adding more fashion inspired research including trends and new designers.
In conclusion; blogging is an effective and creative way to express yourself online successfully, it can create opportunities with links to the industry and other creative designers.

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This photo was taken when my parents first started dating probably around 1979.

My parents have always been interested in a variety of music; mainly rock because of their interests in bikes but they listened to motown, northern soul, queen and thin lizzy which further influenced their likes in fashion.

The style of clothing for example: my mom’s cheesecloth shirt was the style she was interested in at the time; with the practicality of jeans (when riding motorbikes) these were mainly high waisted as it was in fashion.

However the hairstyle is interesting, popularised by film and TV stars my mom took inspiration from Jacqueline Smith from Charlie’s Angels which the middle parting is a classic 70’s style.

My Mom mainly thrifted for clothes when she was younger; attracted to the boho look with a biker influence. She used to buy her clothes from a Boutique shop selling one of a kind pieces, Chelsea girl which was more mainstream and second hand Levi jeans for £2!!!

 

Also; my dad’s oversized glasses look really dated but with the revival of retro 70s style glasses are now being modernised.

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I think their appearance is vintage and usual for the 70’s as they were in trend with key pieces however; modernisation of loose shirts has revived with fashions being repeated, but I don’t think they look stereotypical of a trend.

 

70’s hairstyles

Hairstyles became influential, especially with mainstream TV which became more important in homes.

One of the main influences were from TV series and films especially Farrah Fawcett with flicked, feathered hair, which became an iconic at the time.

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70’s fashion

In the 70’s fashion was expanding with the influence of cultures: caftans and kimonos. Also, with the emergence of feminism which challenged androgyny and gender dressing.

The main styles found in the seventies were: bell bottom trousers, thick wedge heels and patterned knitwear with shirts underneath.

Also, the development of fashion fabrics to create new styles included: trevira used to create wide trousers with square pockets, crimplene, virelle and courtelle.

Bill Gibb

Bill Gibb was mainly influenced by ethnic prints and European folk costumes in which he translated into weaves and patterns and enlarged to create emphasis of his designs.

He was well known in the 70s for his ‘hippie’ styles with his main influence being textile designer:  Kaffe Fassett made his colour palette bold and wild.

 

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(de la Haye, 1971)

works cited

(http://hair-and-makeup-artist.com/, 1971)

(rob)

(island)

(pongogirl2)

(vintage sunglasses shop)

(Bill Gibb collections)

(de la Haye, 1971)

(rhodes, 2006)

 

Ardabil Carpet – Object from another culture

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The Ardabil carpet originates from Persia and is classed as the “world’s oldest carpet,” as it is wholly intact and dates back to 1539AD with an inscription stating “… Masqud from Kashan completed this work in 946.”

The ‘Ardabil’ is revered; since Persian carpets are hard to date because the lack of inscriptions.

The original use of the ‘Ardabil’ was for the shrine of Shaykh Safi Al-Din Ardabil (died 1334) who was a Sufi leader in North Iran. The V&A attained this carpet in 1893 and was bought for £2000; it is thought that the carpet was sold to fund repairs for a recent earthquake at the shrine. It has been situated at the Jameel gallery at the V&A ever since.

Carpet weaving is seen as a form of Islamic Art; the development of designs began in Mesopotamia with different techniques and patterns being specialised and transformed by invasions and movements.

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The design of the ‘Ardabil’ is a simple pattern of contrasting background colours and flora. It has 4 parallel borders, a large medallion centre with a quarter of the medallion being repeated in the corners and also, lamps opposite sides of the main medallion.

The main pattern consists of flowers and scrollwork as the Qur’an states representations of animals or humans is not allowed; this also reflected the sole purpose of the carpet, which was to decorate the shrine.

The colours in ‘Ardabil’ are made up of natural substances such as: saffron, henna, bark, fruit peel and extracts from insects, which are then heated and boiled using wool or cotton.

The warps and weft of the ‘Ardabil’ are silk as they are strong when new; the pile is wool which is dyed naturally and the knots are Persian which means the wool is tied over 4 warps instead of 2, this requires less yarn but lacks density.

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I believe that the composition, colours and materials of the ‘Ardabil’ may not have been grand but the execution and talent is surprising; commissioned for the Shaykhs’ shrine this was to pay homage to his legacy and the Safavid Empire. I believe this design was made by first class designers; also the inscription stating “Masqud” may have been the main designer or employer.

I think this cultural object highlighted to western society the development and talent present in other empires in the 16th Century; which western society may have lacked knowledge and understanding about. Also, the intricacy of this design compared to technical advances within Britain, when attained by the V&A opened a world which western travellers found interesting and wanted to explore.

Bibliography

arberry, a. j. (1953). the legacy of persia . oxford press.

ardabil carpet. (n.d.). Retrieved from V & A: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/a/ardabil-carpet/

beattie, M. h. (1976). carpets of central persia. world of islam festival publishing company ltd.

boyle, j. a. (1978). persia history and heritage. henry melland limited .

design of ardabil carpet. (n.d.). Retrieved from V&A: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/the-ardabil-carpet-design/

fokker, n. (1973). persian and other oriental carpets for today . interbook publishing ab.

history of the ardabil carpet . (n.d.). Retrieved from victoria and albert museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/History-of-the-ardabil-carpet/

how the ardabil carpet was made . (n.d.). Retrieved from V & A: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/how-the-ardabil-carpet-was-made/

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

When looking at historic beauty one thing always comes to mind; the glamour and status attached to jewels, how they were coveted and freely used to decorate fabrics and adornments.

A brand which I find that is synonymous with the allure of diamonds is:

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Founded in 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany set out to acquire unusual and rare diamonds to create his own legacy and showcase them to the world.

Making a statement with his 287 carat yellow diamond mined from Kimberley mines in SA in 1878. This was then cut to 128.54 carats as the designer: Dr Kuntz wanted to create a “smouldered effect not flashing radiance.”

In 1961 it was fashioned into a necklace by designer jean schlumberger and worn in the legendary film, “Breakfast and Tiffany’s” by Audrey Hepburn.

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This necklace in my opinion is the epitome of beauty and glamour; the composition of the yellow diamond taking centre focus draws your eye to the fluidity of the pattern and complex design detail which highlights the rarity of this ‘fancy yellow’  clarity.

This diamond was bought by the head of Tiffany’s in Paris for $18,000 and has been showcased in their Signature New York store ever since.

The function of this historical object is nothing other than to be appreciated because of its natural beauty. It has become a part of the brand history which created a statement in society, to promote a legacy which still stands strong today.

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Tiffany’s advertisements in my opinion claim to be the epitome of Christmas and creation of happiness. Their endorsements contain quotes: “the perfect Christmas comes wrapped in blue” and “Blue is the colour of dreams” which sells on the ideas of emotion and personality.

Their signature colour “Tiffany Blue” started in 1906 with a blue box and white tied ribbon with every purchase; enhancing the unique experience Tiffany’s offers.

From my own experience, simply receiving a blue package for my 16th birthday, I became excited as I realised it was a gift from Tiffany’s. Untying the white ribbon is an experience I will never forget.

Ethically sourcing diamonds is a serious issue; Tiffany and Co participates in a number of organisations which safeguards ‘blood diamonds’ to make sure the process of mining is safe and corrupt free.

Tiffany and Co created Laurelton Diamonds in 2002 which manages supplies to Tiffany. Also, Tiffany and Co only buy from countries which are a part of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme which allows traceability and upholds the environmental and social responsibility of diamond mining.

Bibliography

(n.d.). Retrieved from famous diamonds: http://famousdiamonds.tripod.com/tiffanyyellowdiamond.html

(n.d.). Retrieved from telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8046472/Diamond-minings-shining-example.html

(n.d.). Retrieved from tiffany and co: http://www.tiffany.co.uk/csr/worldoftiffany/default.aspx

(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.marshallmatlock.com/2011/08/moms-magazines-architectural-digest-march-2010/

(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cher-ry.blogspot.com

tiffany advertisement. (2013, december). conde nast publication.

vogue. (2013, december). tiffany and co advertisement. conde nast publication.

charles tiffany. (n.d.). Retrieved from biograpghy: http://www.biography.com/people/charles-tiffany-9507386

Balenciaga

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CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA

Uber-stylish, glamorous, sophisticated; effortless… the list goes on when talking about Cristobal Balenciaga; born in Guetaria, Spain 1865.

In 1919, he opens his first salon in San Sebastian and begins to dress Spanish royalty. Sadly, with the fall of the monarchy and rise of Civil War in 1936, Balenciaga moved his art to Paris, where he established the house of Balenciaga at 10 Avenue George V.

Although he never created a signature style; compared to Dior’s infamous ‘New Look,’ Balenciaga was proclaimed to be “a couturier in the truest sense of the word. Only he is capable of cutting material, assembling a creation, and sewing it by hand. The others are simply fashion designers.”  – Coco Chanel.

An interesting character socially; as he was only ever interviewed once by Prudence Gylnn in 1971 and was never seen at his catwalk shows.

He was highly respected within the industry, for the quality and originality that was present in his designs.  Also, a breakthrough by designing for a range of sizes and ages to suit different women; which highlighted the advantages of what other designer’s lacked.

Balenciaga favoured the tunic and chemise style as they flattered the wearer. His tunic design was long and worn over a skirt.  The chemise was known as the “sack,” it was waist less and puffed at the back giving ease of movement. He adapted to the social changes in society as World War Two caused women to enter the work environment.

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Using limited buttons and components this made Balenciaga’s designs easier and more comfortable to wear, corseting was only used in evening dresses and necklines were cut lower at the back to flatter older women.

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Balenciaga reshaped the female silhouette as he became innovative and experimental with construction techniques. Creating the ‘one seam coat’ in 1961 exposed his creativity and fashion forward approach. His work towards developing textile technology advanced his work as he used substantial and cutting edge fabrics.

In the 1960’s he experimented and was the first designer to use mohair and synthetic fibres; ‘papacha’ was handmade tufted mohair from zika ascher and was seen on front page of French Vogue in 1964. He also liked to use silk gazar as the stiff properties made it easier to sculpt.

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The piece inspires and attracts me the most with embroidery detail and technique. The delicate and subtle use of colour adds simplicity and elegance to the design.

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Bibliography

(n.d.). Retrieved october 19, 2013, from balenciaga: http://www.balenciaga.com/

(n.d.). Retrieved oct saturday, 2013, from lamabgalamanga: http://www.lamangalamanga.com/2010/06/balenciaga-one-seam-coat.html

(n.d.). Retrieved from voguepedia: http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Balenciaga

(n.d.). Retrieved from balenciaga: Balenciaga.html&ei=McdeUtSGBYK3hAfNp4FI&usg=AFQjCNGqFS_YGBh9Vxi3n4QBJ0UYF52Zkg

(n.d.). Retrieved from interview with balenciaga : http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=16&ved=0CGoQFjAFOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffashion.telegraph.co.uk%2Fnews-features%2FTMG10275681%2FThe-mysterious-Cristobal-

(n.d.). Retrieved from http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uyCY6qNXFl0C&pg=PT181&lpg=PT181&dq=prudence+glynn+of+the+times+interview+with+balenciaga&source=bl&ots=fPKBXTctF8&sig=vaCfST9G8zZCVE54zp6PwJGaDEo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WcxeUvWnLI2W0QXBoIHwCA&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=prudence%

the fashion book. (1988). phaidon.

Miller, L. E. (2007). Balenciaga . v&a.

tissus, m. h. (1986). hommage a balenciaga. herscher.

walker, m. (2006). balenciaga and his legacy. meadows museum dallas.

All About Me

My name is Megan; I am currently studying Fashion Textiles and Accessories at De Montfort.

 

My interest in fashion began in my early teens, as I started to experiment with different styles but never following trends. This love for fashion has never departed, especially when I wrote to Chanel at Bond Street, naively asking for advice when I was 13 on how to pursue a career in fashion; which received a reply to my amazement and also some look books, which I embarrassingly treasure to this day.

Growing up watching The Hills definitely inspired me to be a part of the fashion industry, the glamour of living in LA and New York was something that captivated me, but also highlighted the aspect of privileges in the world.

In the present, I am focused on achieving my degree to hopefully progress onto an MA once graduated.

I have a broad range of inspiration which I utilize by selecting appriopriatly when researching projects; I then develop by gaining insight from books, expanding my research through idea development and my own photography, which I then extend into mark making.

As a designer I find inspiration by partially using Pinterest it’s a simple way of obtaining mood board images and studying garment details from couture shows.

Blogs also offer inspiration as well as an insight into other cultures; Milly and Peacock Pavilion  are both fascinating as they are based in places I would love to visit.

Beading and embroidery fascinates me, the delicateness of fabric which properties can be manipulated to create wearable art. Elie Saab is a much love designer of mine; because  the subtle colour palette he uses creates elegance and longevitiy, combined with meticulous beading details amazes me as a new-found designer.

 

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Cultures are important to me, as they weave throughout my projects and ideas, I am very lucky to have diverse and multi-cultural friends which I can participate and share experiences with.

Also, the Asian continent as a whole inspires me; with the use of vivid colours, history with textiles and passion towards festivities; excites me to design products which may replicate their enthusiasm and way of life.

Photography is essential when looking into cultures; as it captures a moment or can lead to discovery.  This picture excited me, as I have read about the Bamiyan Valley before in books and also highlights the reality of the world and how others are treated.

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Steve McCurry Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan

A love of travelling and experiencing authenticity also captivates me; recently I visited Italy where I had the chance to explore Rome, Pompeii and Amalfi. This trip inspired me HUGELY; the scenery, architecture, museums, street style.

Everything was beautiful.

 

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Works Cited

(n.d.). Retrieved from Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mmegansophia/boards/

(n.d.). Retrieved from style.com: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/S2014RTW-ESAAB/#20

McCurry, S. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://stevemccurry.com/galleries/landscapes?view=slideshow

(n.d.). Retrieved from Peacock Pavilion: http://moroccanmaryam.typepad.com/my_marrakesh/2008/07/peacock-pavilions-and.html

(n.d.). Retrieved from Milly fell into the wardrobe: http://millyfellintothewardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/indian-christmas.html