For the First Challenge of Sporty Couture, I went and did a search on the intertent and was very surprised by what and how much inspiration I found. I knew that I wanted to use Prudence Moody as my model, she has always inspired me by her fun fashions, and here unique style. I thought that she would be the perfect muse for this fashion challenge. I was also inspired by the cool lines and the fabrics that Sporty Couture encompases. I ventured to Mood fabrics here in New York where I found a beautiful black lycra, a fun polka dot stretch net, as well as a blue stretch lycra, I combined all of these into this cute strapless dress for Prudence. I also felt that this should be a simple siloutte, and as clean as possible, as Sporty couture is easy to move in and comfortable. I chose to use a racing stripe detail down the front and back as well the dots in the middle. I kept the accessories to a minimum keeping with the easy, simple aspects of sporty couture. I made a stretch head band for the dress using the blue stretch lycra. For me this was a real challange, instead of drafting a patten, I draped using the fabric, then I created a pattern and did a few test garments to see if they would fit. I also chose not to line this dress as i feared it would add to much bluk. Please enjoy the pictures and my design.
For this challange I was inspired by the Character Sonic the Hedghog. He's been around for quite a long time, I wanted to figure out how to caputure his spikes, Then I thought of the hats Designed by Phillip Tracey, and the sonic hat was born. This was my first hat, and I'm happy with the way it turned out. I've used silk for the dress, made the tights, the arm warmers and the hat. I've enjoyed this challange it has really streatched my skills, especially my hat making skills.
For Challange 3 Fashion Mashup, I wanted to use 2 very different designers from the same era, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. Chanel was known for her LBD, and a easy style that the ladies of the day could wear, she introduced black as more than something you wear in mourning. Schiaparelli, was vibrant and a bit of a maverick for her time, she did her own thing and her designs had style with a sense of humor. They were also both known for colors Chanel, black and Schiaparelli shocking pink, I chose these colors to use in my design. I've included a beaded necklace to try to evoke Chanel's accessories. This was my 1st attempt at beading a necklace. This challange did streatch my skills in many ways. I even used a new model!
For this challange I looked at Adrian's Hollywood work, I noticed many things, his designs were always classic,a bit risque and always beautiful. Adrian always seemed to figure out what looked best on his actresses and from the almost illegal bias cut dresses on Jean Harlow to the wide shoulders on Joan Crawford. I tried to evoke a bit of his work in the use of a over dress of sequined net over a satin silver dress, I've included a silver clutch, and a necklace in blue tones I felt this combination would bring out the colors in my models eyes. I was very inspired looking at many of the dresses designed by Adrian, Edith Head and Irene. I made the clutch as well as the necklace for this challange.