Friday, 4 February 2011


My designs were inspired by my mood, fabric and colour boards which gave me an idea of what fabrics and colours I am going to use. Along with this I was also inspired by tonnes of research on steampunk  and what the steam punk customers want.
 Fabric Board
 Inspiration/Mood board
Colour board

My boards are still in working progress as I am not 100% happy with them I will post the final boards when fully complete.

Steampunk Flats

From my design ideas i created flats of the garments, so I can see where the stitching, zips, proportions, etc will be, when I come to cut the pattern for my shirt It will be alot easier. I think I have drew my flats quite well apart from it needs a few tweeqs here and there, I could of done them a tad larger.

Steampunk Shirt design FDA fashion

 Here is my design ideas for my steampunk shirt design
 I have included lots of chains and pocket watches
I have used alot of frills on the garments   
 I like the idea of a tightly fitted bodess
 I have designed extented suspender belts and will use alot of leather
From my reseach Steampunk to me looks quite fetish and sexy
Thats why I want to create body a skimming shirt which fits to all the ladies curves

Steam punk shirt design

here I came across some SteamPunk fashionista's getting interveiwed about there veiws and likes about steampunk etc, It will be very hepful with my current project, as I am designing and making a shirt for steampunk. this video gives me a little insight on the steampunk industry.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

coco befor chanel, coco's first collection

This is my favourite part of the film, I get shivers down my back everytime I watch it. I get overcome with emotion when she slightly smiles, at her accomplishment and success. I love her so much because I feel i can connect with her. Its an amazing film and cant get enough of it.

How to get the Chanel look!

Coco Chanel changed womenswear forever and offered us women a more laid back way of wearing clothes, she gave us an alternative to wearing layers and corsets. Coco Chanel has had such a big impact on the Fashion industry and her designs are still been worn today, her clothes are chic and timeless so here is a few tips on how to get the famous chanel look. As she once said "FASHION FADES, ONLY STYLE REMAINS THE SAME" Coco Chanel.

1. The LBD (little black dress)   Chanel is famous for inventing and wearing the classic LBD. Her favourite colour was black and she contrasted white with this colour making it very Parisian and Chic.

2. Pearls and Beads  Coco Chanel used to mix genuine pearls with rope after rope of fake pearl necklaces. Wearing the real thing Coco was known to add a strand or two of fake pearls making it seem as though she was wearing lots and lots of genuine pearls. As she wore "opera length" pearl necklaces, the effect was stunning.

Stripes  Coco Chanele first introduced the "mariniere" t-shirt in the feminine fashion in 1917 at her shop in Deauville, France. And since then it never went out of fashion. Women all over the world have adopted this chic, iconic look, and designers started re-creating the stripes in different cuts for their runway looks, making from the "marinière" one of the most important trends in the fashion industry.

Quilted Bag  Ohh la la... The Chanel classic quilted handbag is true Parisian chic, it just oozes class and sophistication and no matter what the current trends are, has a classic timeless design that has lived through many a fashion era.
Tweed Jacket  When Coco Chanel, circa 1926--died in 1971, her classic tweed jacket could have died too. She herself had kept the look alive for more than five decades. How much longer a life did a thousand-dollar jacket deserve? Ask Karl Lagerfeld. In the 20 years he has been designing the label, he has reinvented the jacket for society women and rap stars alike.

Two-Tone flats  "A woman with good shoes is never ugly" Coco Chanel used to say "They are the last touch of elegance". 50 years ago chanel launched her famous two-tone shoes she nicknamed  souliers.
And of course to top it off the Chanel No5 perfume.

“It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.”

I have recently started reading a book on coco chanel called- coco chanel the legend and the life by justine Picardie. While reading, it has intreaged me to learn more about coco and her lifestyle, I came across this video showing the inside of her apartment which looks how I would of imagined it from the discription in the book. Justine mentions in the book while at the chanel head quarters in rue cambon, Paris, interveiwing a worker there that you can feel chanels presence and sometimes hear footsteps along the corridor of her apartment. I have always wanted to visit the chanel shop and intend on doing so in the near future, just being there would be a great priviledge and would inspire me so much more to continue on my path to success.
Tattoo I am getting around top of leg with pearls

Coco 'Gabrielle' Chanel

Coco Chanel My biggest inspiration, I love everything about this fashion icon, her timeless designs still selling to this day. White camellias, quilted bags and Austrian doorman's jackets, pearls, chains, shoes with black toes. Her designs were simple yet genius. In my eyes she is a true fashion legend and The main designer I will always look up to. What an amazing woman I would love to of met her "COCO CHANEL THE LEGEND ".