Designer Challenge Scores

Challenge Three - HANDS UP!  THIS IS A MASH UP!

Guest Judge - David Buttry

 

 

Contestant Judge 1 - Rob - /25 Judge 2 -Hilda - /25 Judge 3 - Malinda - /25 Guest Judge - - /25
Grand Total - /100

Contestant 1 -

Vicky Lujan-Gibbs

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 2.5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Rob

I can see some of the Jason Wu influence in your skirt, with the clean line with a vintage feel, but I think you could have taken it a bit further. To move the skirt more into a Jason Wu feel, you could have added a delicate black lace trim to the underside of the skirt, just letting it peek out of the bottom.  I think you have a good grasp of the Wu side of your inspiration.  I don’t see much of the Westwood inspiration in your work.  While you could call some of her work a bit messy looking, the main theme with Westwood is modern punk and new wave.  She has a punk edge to all her work that is missing from your creation.  Your first time use of feathers is nice.  I would give you one tip with working with feathers in the 1/6 scale, many times you have to deconstruct your feathers to make them fit the scale. Your construction is clean, I am not sure if the back hem of the skirt is uneven or if it was the way the skirt overlap was hanging.  It would have been nice to have closed the skirt.  Overall an ok job.  I am glad that you took some time to research.  Learning about other designers work, only makes up better in our own work.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I would not know the designers who inspired this outfit without being told.  I do not equate Westwood’s designs with messiness; her style is punk and outrageous, and I do not think that the feathers are enough to express this.  Garment is well constructed.

 

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Glad you stepped out of your comfort zone. But somewhat simple and traditional

 

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 4

Accessories: 2

David

I see where you are going with this design but I think I would have preferred a different twist. Try to avoid using feather boa in design.  It ends up cheapening the look because it’s so out of scale.  Try to actually use small feather trim  with individual feathers or something that gives the impression of feathers. I would have liked there to be a bit more seaming and structure but that will come with time and more experience.   Keep studying fashion websites and magazines.

 

 

52.5

Contestant 2 -

Dmitry Puzanov

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4.5

Rob

I think you made a very interesting and creative fashion this week. I really like the gown.  I don’t think you grasped the total challenge though.  You were to take two designers from different ends of the fashion spectrum and mash their styles together.  McQueen and Murad have very similar design styles.  They both show influence of nature and both houses do heavy amounts of embellishments. It would have been a better mash up if you had chosen a more conservative design house and paired with either of these two designers. I don’t think you fully met the challenge. I think your construction is good, but the coat should have been lined. I don’t think the coat was actually needed in this fashion, the gown with accessories were strong enough.  It felt like the coat was a very heavy cloud over the delicate butterfly effect of the dress.  I see what you were going for, and I do like the fashion.  I just don’t think you picked the best two designers to pair for this challenge mash up.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Hilda

The designer has captured the opulence of the chosen inspiration designers, especially the whimsy of McQueen.  I like the East meets West theme embodied in the use of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia as a headdress.  The overall look is one of high fashion.  Well constructed. I wish the coat were lined, but I give this look high marks for creativity and beauty.

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Very inspired but dress a little too close in length and construction to McQueens; still nice job

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 2

Accessories: 5

David

The coat construction is a little off for me.  I don’t know if the extra long sleeves are intentional but for me it doesn’t work. I would have preferred normal length sleeves.  The gown is beautiful but perhaps a little overworked and bulky and once again some fit issues.  I’m not crazy about the fabric you chose for the bottom of the skirt, it looks inexpensive in comparison to the rest of your garment.  Great creativity and love the headdress and detailing, just work on your pattern making, proper scale and fit issues.

 

77.5

Contestant 3 -

Ann Minosky

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2.5

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2.5

Rob

I see the silhouette of the Dior skirt in your dress, but I don’t see the Avant Garde styling of Gaultier in the embroidery on the bodice of your dress.  Your skirts have issues with the way they lay and hang.  I think part of that is the fabric you used, and part is the way it is gathered and constructed.  The middle blue layer of the skirt is longer than the others, and it throws off the eye. I see what you were going for, but I think you needed to push the elements of Gaultier a bit harder in this fashion. 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I see where the designer was trying to go with this ensemble, but the end result is messy and not cohesive.  Dior’s fashions are so exquisitely finished and hang beautifully. This skirt is all over the place.  Perhaps a fabric with more body would have been more effective?  I don’t see a corset top here; rather a simple strapless bodice.  I find the embroidery chunky and out of scale. 

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Malinda

Back seaming and edges uneven

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

David

This is where the right color could have made a big difference.  Combining Dior with Gaultier is a huge task but if you started with a darker color palette, I think it would have helped greatly with your design. Right now with the colors you it reads a bit more like a Disney princess, especially with your choice of necklace. Keep working and research fashion and not only look at designs but see what colors they use and where they use it.  It’ll help you immensely in the future.

 

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Contestant 4 -

Sue Townson

Theme: 4

Originality: 3.5

Creativity: 3.5

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 4

Rob

I like the research you did for the challenge and the thought process you took.  I am a big fan of Pucci prints and I do like these Pucci fabrics.  I am not sure the Pucci prints worked well with such a vintage silhouette.  I wish you had modernized the Dior “new look” a bit more. The classic silhouette pulls the print to a more matronly area. I like the work you did with the lace.  I like the sheer quality of the skirt and seeing the lace through that sheerness.  The silk used on the top of the fashion makes it look heavy on the top.  It may be pattern overload where a solid light color for the jacket would have been a better choice.  Your construction is good, however you need to work on your invisible stitching, it can be easily seen where you closed the lining in the jacket.  Overall a good job.

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I immediately recognized the inspiration designers.  The elegant, lacy undergarments are a nice contrast to the more structured skirt and jacket.  Well constructed.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Malinda

Jacket very nicely done especially collar very nice and great combination

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 2

David

Love your choice of designers.  I think I would have preferred to have seen the jacket left in the Pucci fabric and use a different fabric for the skirt or vice versa.  In this particular style I think it’s a little bit too much and then the contrast between between the lace underskirt and Pucci print isn’t working for me. I think it does work on the bodice. I think you could have found a better solution to mix the two styles together. What I think would have worked is if you wanted to keep the print on the skirt is to shorten it to a mini skirt which would have played into the Pucci but keep the A-line shape.  This is where playing with proportion could have added a lot more fun to the design and would have made it a lot younger.

 

76.5

Contestant 5 -

George Macias

Theme: 2.5

Originality: 2.5

Creativity: 2.5

Construction: 2.5

Accessories: 3.5

Rob

I like your thought process and you picked a great pair of houses to mash up.  Your jacket is very Chanel, and I can see the McQueen influence in your skirt.  I think however that your model really needed a top under that jacket since it didn’t close. A simple tank shell top would have perfect.  Personally I think I would have picked a stronger McQueen influenced skirt to balance the fashion between the houses.  You know you need to work on your construction; the skirt should have been lined.  The gloves had fit issues, and your finishing seams were a bit messy.  Your purse was very cute and I liked it.  I liked where you were going with this fashion and think you have potential.  Work on your finishing skills, you have a good eye for design.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 1

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I am really not getting McQueen from this design at all, but Chanel is more apparent.  I appreciate the work that went into the purse, but I could only wish that as much effort went into the finishing of the garment.  It is very poorly constructed.  Lining and pressing the garments would be such an improvement.  Is there really no top?  That is rather avant guard, even for McQueen.

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Skirt hem appears uneven and bunches at waist; shoulder seams appear off on left side on back

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 3

David

This is a very sweet design. I think it reads a lot more Chanel than McQueen. I don’t really see much of that in your design.  You need to just take time and study and learn construction and detailing and you’ll be just fine. You obviously have a great eye, so I’m  hoping to see you keep on improving your skills.  Please also be sure in the future to go ahead and create some sort of bodice or top for your designs.

46.5

Contestant 6 -

Kevin Roberts

Theme: 3

Originality: 3.5

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3.5

Accessories: 3.5

Rob

I get the mix of design house influences, I can see Lanvin in the dress, and Burberry in the jacket hat and bag. The dress, bag, hat, and accessories are cute.  The construction on those items seems to be pretty good.  You need to work on your finishing, especially the messy seams.  With your jacket, the fabric you chose is a bit bulky for the scale.  When buying vinyl you can find lighter gages (weight) of vinyl, the lighter the weight, the better it lays in this scale.  Also you need to make sleeve holes a bit larger than you would for a blouse or other type of sleeve especially if there is going to be another sleeve under the jacket. The ruching on your bodice of the blouse added to the bulk under the jacket.  Then you also have to consider the doll that will wear your jacket.  Misaki has a large joint connection under her arm, and even the smallest amount of fabric in that joint will exaggerate the bulk. I am not sure if your Bonjour Misaki has the new or old Misaki torso. On the new torso you will notice there is a carved out area to allow the arm to lower in a more natural manner. A larger arm hole for this doll lowers the bulk of the fabric out of that joint area and reduces the look of bulk on the doll. Our guest judge David Buttry would be able to tell us when they changed the torso. You can also cheat a little by lowering the actual shoulder seam to make it a little off the shoulder to move the bulk away from the body. One last tip, when I was learning to make doll clothes, I would buy Barbie fashions and other doll fashion and take them apart to see how they made it work.  Your best method is going to be trial and error. 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 1

Accessories: 3

Hilda

This has the potential to be a cute outfit, but my first piece of advice is to edit your final look.  There is far too much going on here and the resulting look is messy and confusing.  Second, choose your fabrics wisely; I think one of the crucial issues with the coat is the fabric used.  It looks like fraying was an issue.  I do appreciate the work that went into the jacket and I applaud you for attempting a difficult pattern.  The accessories are cute.

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Malinda

Very nice-loved the idea of the tweeds and plaids with a chiffon floral; designers contrast so well chosen-some plaid in the coat would of really said Burberry-overall nice job!

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 5

David

Love this look and love how you mixed all the different fabrics and textures and for me it works on that level. However, as you stated you had some fit issues with the jacket and everything is not quite as polished as it could be.  Ya know for a jacket hint I would purchase some fashion doll jackets and take them apart and see how they are constructed and let that be the first guide.  Draft a newpattern from that and then sewit up and then adjust. Be sure to press down seams and since you are just beginning with jackets choose fabrics (cotton) that are easier to work with then work your way to vinyl and leather.

 

68.5

Contestant 7 -

Elena Prokhorova

Theme: 2.5

Originality: 2.5

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Rob

I see where you were trying to use the tulle overlay to make a gradient in the color of the red gown, but the tulle was too sparse to make a huge gradient effect, and it to be in the style of Dior’s 2011 spring collection it should have been darker at the bottom going to lighter at it moved up and across the gown.  The silhouette of the gown is very traditional and cannot be attributed to Elie Saab. I do see some of the embellishment as Saab design styles. Although there were not enough embellishments to really push that feeling.  I don’t see the tie in with the pink sash, it sort of fights with the black tulle and confuses the eye.  I don’t think this was a successful mash up as it looks like you were trying to put two different dresses together. Your basic construction looks ok, but you need to show the complete inside of your garment, we can’t judge what we can’t see.

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

The garment is very well constructed on the inside, but needs to be pressed so that it hangs better.  I see the elegance of the inspiration designers, but I am not sure that I would have been able to name them.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Malinda

There is some puckering at the seams along the front. Nice hat-good job!

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 5

David

All the right elements are here, you just need to work on your construction and perhaps choose other fabrics. Silk is very challenging when not trying to create puckering. I would have liked to have seen the gown be a bit longer so it brushed the ground and we didn’t see her shoes.

 

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Contestant 8 -

Mark Tinkey

Theme: 5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Rob

You picked two great design houses to mash up. I clearly see the influence of the classic Dior ball gown silhouette, although you may be a little light on the Dior share of the mix.  The McQueen influences prevail, and really make this a beautiful gown.  The headpiece is very strong, but I wish we could see the ring better. I like the over and under image of the skirts.  I think if you really wanted to cash in on the “bumster” skirt of McQueen you could have used a keyhole cut out in that area to actually show the upper bum as the “bumster” was intended. Otherwise it is just a drop waist skirt. The construction is nice and overall you did a great job!

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

Beautifully made and very pretty.  I am not seeing the influence of McQueen’s Bumster trouser because I can’t see the detail very well. 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Malinda

Beautiful fabric and gown, but where is the bumster?

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

David

This is a beautiful gown and I can see your influences. I love that you kept accessories to a minimum and put the focus on the gown and her hair.

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Contestant 9 -

Julia Peshkova

Theme: 2.5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 3

Rob

You were asked to pick two designers that were from different ends of the fashion spectrum.  Both designers you chose are well known Avant Garde houses.  You should have matched either house with a more conservative design house to meet the full requirements of this challenge.  With that said, I like this fashion.  It is well constructed and I can see elements of both design houses in the fashion.  I wish you had lined the slacks.  You lost points for mixing two design houses that are similar.  You also were light on accessories and they were very basic.

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I think this addresses the challenge very well.  It has the contrasting texture that is characteristic of Yamamoto’s work and the creative tailoring of Gaultier.  It is well made and fashion forward.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Very good pleats on skirt-interesting contrast

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

David

Great idea but the execution is a little off.  My main concerns are proportion and the ill fitting jacket and the bustier.  The clasp is just too large on the jacket and with so much going on in all metallics, you don’t even need the necklace.   It would have helped greatly to remove the tails from the jacket.  You don’t have to use every idea on one design. A tight fitted cropped jacket over a bustier dress would have been immense. Darts and seaming are scary but they are your best friend in a good fit.

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Contestant 10 -

Olga Ermolaeva

Theme: 2.5

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Rob

I don’t think Dolce and Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent are on different ends of the fashion spectrum.  You were asked to choose houses on different ends of the fashion spectrum.  Both houses produce very similar pieces and designs.  All of the design elements you used are used by both houses so I can’t differentiate the influence of each house.  Your construction is ok, but the jumpsuit should have been lined. Your accessories are nice, and the fashion is cute, but I don’t think it fulfills the challenge.

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I see the bohemian influence of Dolce and Gabbana and the clean lines of YSL.

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Nice job- love the matching ties for the shoe; great purse!

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 5

David

Beautifully made fashion.  Lovely design. My main suggestion is work on styling.  A clear band on the dolls hair would have made a world of a difference.

73.5

Contestant 11 -

Anna Kadachegova

Theme: 2.5

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 4

Rob

McQueen and Lacroix are not on different ends of the fashion spectrum, they are both very Avant Garde fashion houses.  While each house is easily identifiable in their styles, they cater to the same clientele and work in the same niche in fashion. You would have been better served by matching either house with a more conservative design house, hence different ends of the fashion spectrum.  Your fashion is well constructed and very nice, but the cut of the tulle is a bit messy on the bottom.  I do like it; I can see the silhouette of McQueen with the fabric choices of Lacroix.  I would have liked a different fabric than the tulle to be used for the train and bow in the back. You did not fulfill this challenge.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 3.5

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I love the top portion of this garment. It is fun and whimsical and well constructed. I am not as crazy about the tulle bow and train. It seems like an after thought.

Theme: 4

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Fun, but I think the rough un finished edges of the netting detracted from giving your outfit a finished look

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

David

I kinda love that you combined McQueen with LaCroix and ended up with something that looks like Betsey Johnson designed it.lol  And that’s a good thing in my book.  For me the only thing that takes away are the shoes.  Something with a little more substance would have helped finishing off the look.

72.5

Contestant 12 -

Julia Rebeskova

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Rob

You did excellent in this challenge. You took two design houses from the opposite ends of the fashion spectrum and made a beautiful fashion.  I can see the Galliano influence in the corset belt, and the embellishment to the cape. The Galliano touches elevate a classic sheath dress to couture.  The cape is such a modern update on Chanel.  It reads Chanel even as a cape. The bag is classic. I felt your accessories were perfect for this fashion. Overall wonderful job and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3.5

Creativity: 3.5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I see far more Galliano than Chanel in this garment, but the designer’s interpretation of Galliano is quite good.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Excellent job! Looks very crisp and clean- braid on cape just a little uneven-just a little-overall very well done

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

David

This is a beautiful design. I would have preferred to have seen the capelet without the gold trim.  I know that was pulling in the Chanel influence. I think I would have preferred you using long gold chains with pearls as a necklace instead for that extra Chanel touch. The gold trim looks a little inexpensive on what otherwise is a very lovely ensemble.  Ditch the chain on the hand bag and make it a hand held clutch. It would be much better.

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Contestant 13 - Anj Calvo

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 5

Rob

I can see both Valentino and McQueen influences in this gown.  You explained your influences well and your work reflects your explanation. I liked your accessories very much.  Your construction looks good and clean but we need to see the full inside of your gown, we can’t judge what we can’t see. Great entry, you fulfilled the challenge.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Hilda

Very couture, very creative. I love the mix of textures throughout and the modern hues of black and citrus yellow.  The ruffles add romance while the sheerness gives a provocative edge that adds sex appeal.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Love the purse and hat! Great photos great job on ruffles!

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 3

Accessories: 4

David

It could be stunning but something is not working for me proportion wise. There is a lot going on and there is a little question of taste.  I almost would like to see it if the hem didn’t have the ruffles or if they were all black.

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Contestant 14 -

Cholo Ayuyao

Theme: 4

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 5

Rob

I can see both Chanel and Leger in this fashion.  You explain your work and influences well, but the design feels a bit heavy handed.  All the ribbon work (which is beautiful) is a bit too much contrast for the heavy tweed folds in the skirt. I think simplifying the front of the skirt would have made your design more successful. You had great ideas and successfully carried out the creation of your influences but your gown would have benefited greatly by a bit of editing. You can’t always use everything you want in one dress.  Especially in doll scale, it gets too busy too fast.  You need to show the complete inside of your gown for construction, we can’t judge what we can’t see.  Overall a good job, learn to edit yourself and you won’t be stopped.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Hilda

Beautiful pleating and draping.  I like the origami affect of the shoulders in particular.  The ribbon fabric definitely gives the impression of Leger’s bandage fashions and the satin contrasts beautifully with the tweedy fabric of the overdress.  I get more Leger than Chanel, but I really like this design.

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Outstanding job all around!! Sure there isn’t a little Vivienne Westwood mixed in too!

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

David

Really stunning work.

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Contestant 15 - Joe Coloff

Theme: 3.5

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Rob

You picked two interesting designers.  I just read an article on Elsa Schiaparelli in this month’s issue of Bazaar.  And I have always been a fan of Coco.  You made a pretty gown.  It is extremely traditional and such an expected silhouette.  I wish you had modernized it a bit.  I also wish you had used some of the draping or bustling embellishments of Schiaparelli in the dress.  The cutout insert in the back of the dress would have been wonderful in a hot pink draped inset. Your construction is good from the outside, but the inside is a bit messy.  You need to work on your finishing especially the seams, and the dress should have been lined. Your basting stitches also show. Your dress is pretty, but just too traditional and simple to completely fulfill this challenge. 

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I definitely appreciate that the designer pushed him/herself with this challenge.  I only wish this had extended into the finishing of the garment.  The raw edges and fraying seams are unfortunate, especially in a simple dress that could so easily have been lined.  The seams of the skirt should be pressed.  For me, the use of black (Chanel) and pink (Schiaparelli) is not enough to suggest these designers.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Very classic-seaming and fit just a little off, as seen from back where there’s puckering at zipper

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 4

Accessories: 2

David

Very nice dress but I wish you would have challenged yourself a bit more creatively. I think you could have done a lot more with what you had to work with. Looks like a little issue with proper fit in the back where it looks a little bulky at the waist and the seaming seems to be a little off.

51.5

Contestant 16 -

Maria Ustynovska

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

Rob

Your challenge this week was to take design elements from two fashion houses on different ends of the fashion spectrum, and create a fashion without making copies of pieces from either fashion house.  It is also in the rules of the contest that copies are not to be made.  You broke both of these rules with copies of pieces from both the design houses you listed as your influence.  You are in the professional category, and you are to create your own designs.  This contest is more about design than sewing.  I refuse to judge the designs you submitted as they are not your designs.  Therefore I have given you 0 points for this challenge.  You made a very pretty fashion, but it is not your design.  You failed for this challenge.

 

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Hilda

Unfortunately, this garment is far too close to Viktor and Rolf’s Spring 2010 collection and Gaultier’s Summer 2011 collection (thanks to Rob for bringing this to our attention) to be judged in the first three categories.

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

Malinda

Unfortunately, the challenge was to not “copy”, and your skirt is a straight copy of Viktor and Rolf’s 2010 tulle skirt.

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

David

 

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Contestant 17 - Anna Lipka

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

Rob

Your challenge this week was to take design elements from two fashion houses on different ends of the fashion spectrum, and create a fashion without making copies of pieces from either fashion house.  It is also in the rules of the contest that copies are not to be made. You broke both rules.  Your over bodice/corset is a copy of a Versace structure that was shown for the Spring 2012 collection, and also was featured in the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar.  Changing the color of the piece and not adding the lace inset does not make this a different design.  I see the influence of Elie Saab in the dress, but the embellishments were not strong enough to fully invoke that influence. This contest is more about design than sewing. I refuse to judge design skill on a design that is not your own, so I gave you 0 points for this challenge.  You have fit issues with the bodice/corset and it does not lay well. Your accessories are standard.  You are in the professional category and you are to create your own designs.  You failed for this challenge.

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Hilda

A direct copy, in different colors, of garments by these two designers.

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

Malinda

Unfortunately, the challenge was to not “copy”, and both the yoke and the skirt are basically copies of designs by Versace & Saab, particularly the yoke, which shows essentially no alteration in design.

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

David

 

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Contestant 18 -

Anita Stoklosa

Theme: 5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Rob

I can clearly see both design houses you chose in your fashion.  The jacket has the Chanel style but with a modern update with the close fit.  I can see Dolce & Gabbana in the skirt. I see several seasons of D&G influence in the skirt, and I would have liked it a bit better if you had edited those influences a bit.  You could have done without the garter ends on the skirt, and the feathers could have been deleted too. Very nice hat and the accessories work well with the fashion.  Even though I find the skirt a bit busy for the eyes, I still like this fashion a lot.  Your construction is really nice.  You have skill in design and construction, and I look forward to seeing more from you.  Good job.

Theme: 4

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I can see the influence of the chosen designers in the structure of the garments.  I don’t love the feathers and think they give a showgirl quality that doesn’t work.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Nice choice of opposite designers-conservative vs. provocative. Piping on jacket is very even and nice work on the jacket cuffs. I recognize the accessories were made by you, even the hat, but they were just a little too plain.

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

David

This is a fine ensemble. There’s perhaps a little too much going on in the skirt for my personal taste, I think it’s the scale of the lace teamed with the drop down beading that pushes it over the ledge just a bit.  You would have benefitted from some princess seaming on the back of the jacket for a better fit. The front is great.

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Contestant 19 -

Suyanee Wongchotwiriyakit

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 0

Accessories: 0

Rob

After discussing your entry with the other judges we could not agree if your entry was too close to the Balenciaga 1958 baby doll dress to be considered a copy or knock off.  In my opinion I do not feel that changing the fabric and adding sleeves is enough of a change, to the basic dress you notate as inspiration, to be considered an original design.  You were to create an original design based on the style elements of two fashion houses on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum.  You were directed to not make a copy of either house.  In my opinion your entry is too close a copy to the original design to be considered for judging in this challenge.  Therefore I have given you 0 points for this challenge.  Your entry is well constructed and pretty, but in my opinion does not fulfill this challenge. Any questions on interpretation of the challenge should have been addressed to the moderator or judges via email during the construction period.  It is clear that the majority of the contestants completely understood they were not to copy fashion pieces from the design houses and only to incorporate stylized elements of the two houses into their own original design.

Theme: 0

Originality: 0

Creativity: 0

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

Beautifully made, but too direct a copy and therefore not eligible for judging.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

The jacket is a little close to the Saab swing dress, but you made it your own by making it into a jacket and adding the accents. And the designers chosen are not exactly on the opposite sides of the fashion spectrum, but the combination you chose works. Your beading and appliqués are beautiful- the hat was also nicely done.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

David

I think this is so lovely and such a nice combination of your designer inspiration. It’s delicate and maybe a little frou frou but it still looks young and modern at the same time.  Well done.

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