Anj Calvo

Challenge One

For my overall look, I choose the sport fencing as an inspiration for my entry… I am was also inspired by the Givenchy 2011 fall collection. However, since the challenge entails the Spring 2012 trends, I made the silhouettes that are applicable for spring summer. In this case, I took cues from Alexander Wang’s collection inspired by car racing. At the same time applied the use of mesh since it is a trend for the incoming spring and summer. … Since white can be worn during S/S, along with other mixture of colors, it is very suitable for the sport that I chose.
For the inner top, I used mesh with an overlay of lace patterns. Although this piece is not lined, the seams were done on the right side of the garment and then covered with patterned lace. So the wrong side of the garment would be clean as if it is lined at the same time avoiding the bulk.
For the 2nd layer of top…
This was inspired by the Fall Givenchy 2011 fall collection. What I did to make it in line for the summer, I made the sleeve short and made the back open so it would not be too covered… Instead of using feathers, I used ruffles and made it into a miniature flowers and placed them on the shoulder and pelvis area… to add a modern touch I added volume at the back part since I used a “brides of Dracula” doll and the waist is not as small like other fashion dolls… This piece is fully lined
For the leggings,
I used a stretch knit material and applied mesh appliqués on the side panels to give it a little illusion of movement. I just added matte beads jus to add texture and definition of the mesh area…
The mask was made by weaved bead and the shoes are headband are custom made as well…
Sportswear would normally give us the notion of rough or rugged. But in this case, it can be elegant and feminine with a kick of edge…

 

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Challenge Two

My inspiration for this entry is the Zombies from the game Resident Evil particularly the “Licker” type. I chose this color palette since the Zombie Licker has an exposed muscles… so I arranged the beadwork in such a way that resembles the striations of the muscles at the same time exaggerated the shoulders as well as if the shoulder blades literally popped out.  I added a few white beads on the bodice to embody the transition of the muscle into the tendons and ligaments of the bones.
I extended the cuffs since the lickers limbs are exaggerated as well even for the volume of the skirt. I fringed the ends of the skirt part to give it an unfinished look as if it has been a bit tattered to add the zombie feel. For the accessories, I made the shoes to resemble the bones on the Licker’s feet. And I also made a molded hat and added an appliqué to resemble the eye/brain of the Licker.

 

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Challenge Three

I decided on choosing Valentino and Mcqueen for my entry. For Valentino, I used his classin c silhouette of a billowy sleeves and an A line floor length skirt. I am a fan of Valentino and I always enjoy his classic silhouettes. I also played with ruffles which he is known for since his designs fall on the dainty and romantic side. I was also inpired by his latest S/S 2012 accessories hence the "bow" effect on the clutch bag. even for the shoes.... He used a pilgrim shoes so to add edge, I customized a shoe boot and added bows and added fringes for texture. Detail and technique wise, I always admire Alexander Mcqueen. So I juxtaposed his details and technique to a classic silhouette to add the edge and somewhat dark effect in contrast to its romantic feel... I dyed the ruffles to give it an gradient effect which can be seen in a McQueen dress in various seasons in the runway. I was also inspired by his latest collection and applied it to the bodice. instead of beadwork, I cut out pieces of crochet lace and laid them out to form the bodice. then added a few beadwork for added texture. I want to give it an alienesque feel. for both houses, they love to play around with shear fabrics that is why I made the outer skirt shear with a longer hemline in contrast to the yellow miniskirt inside. I also used a skintone stretch fabric to add an illusion of nakedness and provocativeness. the gown is a two piece set that has been stitched together to ensure that the skintone fabric will hug the body the skirt part is lined as will with japanese chiffon to avoid bulking of the skirt. So this is my take on a romantic silhouette with edgy and highly textured details.... Valentino and Mcqueen, all I can say is they can produce Dark Romance... ^_^

 

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Challenge Four

Well my main inspiration for my gown is Art Deco with the use of alternate matte and shiny intersecting lines to create a pattern on the garment. even for the details I used geometric triangles to create the hem as well as the detail of the skirt, at the back.

for her accessories, I made them black since light earth toned colors look good with black. so I made a clutch bag attached to a bangle by a chain. then also made a ring as well.

Every piece is fully lined with Japanese silk chiffon material (i.e swimsuit and pencil skirt) and for the bottom skirt, I used a sheer stretch skintone material.

I made the the gown into separate pieces since in Hollywood, not only you have to look good on the red carpet, you still can look glamorous at the poolside (with vintage style one piece swimwear). Or for casual cocktails like the short dresses (The pencil skirt with geometric bottom hem detail and the detachable skirt hem as an circular skirt,) Paparazzis doesn't always take pictures at red carpet events. Might as well be camera ready where ever you go with these pieces....

 

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Challenge Six

 

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