Tales of a Trench Coat

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A few days ago my High School Art teacher messages me about the “Tales of a Trench Coat” exhibition in Chadstone Shopping Center. I first heard about it being showcased in Singapore’s Burberry store last month and I had a  gut feeling its next stop would be in either Sydney or Melbourne. Well, thank goodness the Chadstone Burberry store got renovated in Melbourne because it’s a good excuse to host this exhibition on its opening day last week! The installation is fixed with the store’s space and is only on for a period of time (21st May) before it gets taken down and replaced with Burberry goods.

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As soon as I walked into the store, I was already paranoid of knocking over the mannequins and creating a messy domino effect. It doesn’t help that it’s in an open space and they stand on tiny platforms. I finally witnessed the trench coat Emma Watson wore during the 2010 Spring/Summer Burberry campaign and that was the exact time I was first consumed by Burberry aesthetics.

 

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Some things you’ll see and learn is that Ernest Shackleton wore Burberry on his fleets, which I didn’t know about until now. There’s a workbench and cardboard patterns on display along with heavy duty tools to craft the proper trench. Looking at the patterns took me back in time 6 years ago to my last year of high school making the trench coat. All the pieces were so familiar because during my research that year, I made sure my cutouts matched Burberry’s.

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Would I make a trench again? No. Would I design one? Of course, I’d design many and in my head, I still think about new designs that could work on a trench today. Thanks Thomas Burberry, after experiencing making a trench coat I do feel your craftsmanship is unparalleled.

A date with Viktor & Rolf

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The National Gallery of Victoria have housed some big artists and designers with the likes of Warhol, Degas, Hockney, Gaultier and Monet. They continue to do so as next year’s event calendar looks promising. When I got an email from the NGV team telling their subscribers that they’re bringing The House of Dior  in 2017, I was over the moon. I’m THAT excited I could book tickets right now!

After visiting the Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol exhibition  this year I immediately heard talks of a Viktor and Rolf exhibition coming into town. I revived my subscription to NGV newsletters so that I was completely up to date with all of this. If you’ve seen their creations on TV, you’ll know how mesmerising they are.

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The tour guide explained how experts today didn’t know how  those holes were cut so perfectly on that red dress. Up close it looked like a million stitches done to each layer of chiffon. I stared at this for a long time and nearly accidentally touched it.

This is literally wearable art. While they do have ready-to-wear collections, Viktor and Rolf’s speciality lies in haute couture. The dutch duo continually re-invent the wheel, using fashion as a core tool for artistic expression. The saying “Fashion is Art, Art is Fashion” is evident in their body of work and remains at the forefront for the trends we’ve seen the last decade. The Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Art exhibition is held at the NGV until early next year. I highly recommend sparing a few hours for your entertainment – they even have a kids hub much where you can take photos with different backdrops that turn into animations!
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December update

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Happy December people. Here’s a Soju (Korean beer) Christmas tree to kick off this festive month. Actually, I saw this the beginning of November so my festivities had already started. We all can’t believe it’s already December, everyone around me including myself can’t stop saying “S*** it’s December already?!” Guys, stop it, you’re making me panic for no reason! I swear the busier things get the faster time goes. If I could slow down time, I really would. It’s one way to define my brief hiatus from blogging in November and overall, a mere absence this second half of 2016. Without getting too detailed, here are a few photos and words that almost concisely captures my life these past few months. Not all that entertaining but read on if you insist.

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1. I mentioned my work with Malala Coffee and it is currently supporting the Coffee Exchange regime. While this is all in the pursuit of social change, it’s leaning more towards the business aspect of coffee. Coffee Exchange is an online market place  directly connecting farmers to cafes, restaurants and other companies in hospitality.

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2. I’ve finally got my hands on these Pantone swatches. This thing saves your life when it comes to printing on all sorts of materials. I’ve managed to survive without one all these freelancing years but it wasn’t until I was at Jin & Co. when this grabbed my attention on a branding project. Of course, I was introduced to it at uni but we had the handy Adobe Illustrator digital  colorbook  swatch to rely on – not always great given that colors on screen are never accurate. My main purpose for making a move on this is not for freelancing, but for fashion.

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3. I’ve been featured in my 3rd publication for the year, STELL magazine. You’ll find my interview and alongside a portrait of G-Dragon staring into your soul in the Dusk & Dawn  Issue VII.

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4.  Around September this year I was introduced to the idea of an upcoming bite-sized game. Scheduled for release early next year we hope it’ll be as much fun to play as it was building this along the way.

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5.  One of my highlights this year was working closely with the state and federal governments. I was then connected to these awesome bunch of people from the City of Melbourne as my clients for freelancing. Campaign work is all about hustle – I’ve never met a group of people who I had conversations with at 2am on a weekend to ensure the production of work is perfect. Even staying up all night laughing non-stop was part of the unforgettable memory. True story, I only ever share those moments with my boyfriend but it looks like my relationships with clients are just as romantic.Big shoutout to the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Cr Kevin Louey, Cr Tessa Sullivan,  Craig Bosworth, Da, Cherry and Patricia for being patient and bringing out the best in me under pressure. I’m no stranger to late night design work – I once got home at 4am from work and went back at 9am the same day. Luckily that was still when I was living in the city!

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6.  This morning I played badminton. Revisiting tennis and badminton this year is only a sign that I need to work on my fitness. One thing  I love to do is to keep a healthy body and maintain healthy habits. That said, I’m definitely not your gym buddy but I can definitely commit to being your tennis, ping pong or badminton buddy. I play the NBA on the Playstation so I can be your buddy for that too.

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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