My final year of Textiles

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Last week when I had dinner with a group of friends it occurred to me that I really do miss textiles and I often wonder why I don’t make time to sew up another garment. Oh that’s right, I love designing but I’m not much of a seamstress. In fact, I suck at it and don’t have the patience for it. One of my friends pulled apart her year 12 dress and made a whole new one out of it whilst my other friend is getting back into sewing by making patterns and blogging about it. It was nice to hear all of this which got me inspired.

Last year someone told me they thought my art would make good connections with the fashion industry and it made me think of how I could take my art to the next level. Also, undertaking last semester’s Ideation for the Object/Jewellery Design elective confirmed one thing: Fashion IS wearable art. It pushed my thoughts and perceptions far beyond my imagination and it has now brought me to this crazy idea of integrating my art onto clothes, literally. I’m keen on pursuing this idea as I can’t describe my love for merging art, design and fashion into one big ball of goodness. This will give me a chance to further explore textile and refine my sewing skills.

The last thing I made was a military-inspired trench coat and that was almost 3 years ago when I was completing my VCE. It felt like yesterday when I stayed back at school during the holidays and spent 6 hours working on it in an almost empty classroom. I took advantage of the textiles room every single day in term 3 by coming in during lunch breaks, staying back after school and whatnot…all in desperate need to finish this on time. My textiles teacher was kind enough to let her students in anytime, she’s the best! I loved her also because in my lowest points of making this garment she made me realize there’s always light when there’s darkness; nothing’s hard in life, only you make things hard for yourself. I hated but loved making this trench, boy I seriously couldn’t have made it any harder for myself but it was all worth it. Even if I didn’t get into Top Designs 2012 the journey was still worth it.

In the spirit of throwback Thursday, here are some sketches and photos of my developmental work for the 3-year-old trench. You’ll also notice I added some studs, of course I had to.

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The Art of the Trench

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It’s nearly winter but Melbourne’s constantly hitting an overnight low of 10 degrees so I guess winter’s already here. I like winter and I like winter fashion because it gives me the excuse to wear a trench coat (my most favorable piece of item in my closet). I like the shapes, the little things like epaulettes, cuffs, flaps that make up the clean and distinctive appearance of a trench. The 21st century has really embraced the trench coat as a classic and fashionable garment. Traditional beige trench coats are typically warm, highly durable, light and flexible in comparison to other bulky coats and jackets. So what’s not to love about them? I find it to be extremely versatile and fitting, although the intent is to wear them during the winter season, there are always new designs flooding in specifically made for all sorts of weather conditions.

One of my favorite fashion designers, Christopher Bailey, is responsible for the birth of trenches in the modern era. Bailey’s edgy style has kept up with contemporary fashion trends yet still maintains a sense of sophistication with every design he produces. Not only is the iconic trench sold exclusively in Burberry stores, it has rapidly expanded to many fashion outlets. Prominent designers such as Miuccia Prada and Issey Miyake are amongst the many who’ve adopted the garment and developed their own range of stylistic coats. Trench coats appear in all sorts of designs…now with more color, less materials, more materials etc.

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Biker, scrunchy dress and studded sleeve trench

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Designs with patterns and varying use of materials (top right looks like silicon sleeves and flaps with thick gold-trimmed pockets)

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Transparent coats. Last one is a crazy design by artist Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

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Bailey’s metallic and glossy designs

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Short, sleeveless and cape designs

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How whacky is this! One of Gary Harvey’s interestingly creative designs for an eco-friendly couture fashion show called The Green Shows. Consisting of 18 trench coats (now that’s heavy) you might want read more about it here.

 

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