For my Final Major Project I have to initially come up with three alternate ideas of how my project could go and document them in a sketchbook with visual images, annotations and personal responses:
Idea 1- Voyageur
My first idea was Voyageur referring to someone who travels and explores the sea. I felt the textiles and materials within sailing, such as the ropes used and the sails would make really beautiful visuals if put in a fashion context. I love the contrast between the white crispness of a sail against the deep blue of the sea, so wanted to think of these colours in terms of my colour palette. I also looked at how I could keep it current and on trend by looking at WGSN. WGSN had a trend called Kinship that looks at historical voyage, trend highlights include:
The trend highlight shredded textiles got me thinking about voyages that are not so idilic. I thought about ship wrecks and dangers at sea explorers faced in history. I then brainstormed more relatable current issues, thinking about the immigration crisis and how immigrants are having to take very dangerous journeys to find safety. In order to find out more on this issue I visited an exhibition at the Boltic art gallery called ‘Disappearance At Sea’. It was really interesting seeing peoples different artistic interpretations on the crisis, with artists from Syria, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Kenya and the UK.
If I choose idea one for my final major project, I would like to create two looks one which reflects an idilic sailing holiday style and the other a more gritty hard hitting look that depicts the dangers immigrants face on their voyagers to safety. I feel these two looks will both contrast and complement each other. I believe this because although both very different subjects, yet in a way the immigrants are probably hoping to find a utopia at the other end of their voyage, which is not always the case.
Idea 2- The Three Elements
Earth, Fire, Water/Ice/Snow
For me nature has always been a big inspiration, so I really like the idea of thinking of nature as being split into elements that can inspire some really interesting fashion outcomes. Initial ideas for Ice/Water: snow and icicle embellishments, Fire: Burnt, smokey ombre materials, Earth: layering of materials to create a mountain contour texture. For inspiration for Ice/Water, I looked at Alexander McQueen’s exhibition ‘ship wreck’ and Iris Van Herpen’s transparent twisted water like shapes, using 3D printing. I then looked at pearls that create snow like embellishments. For fire I researched bright orange, gold embellishments and burnt ombre details. For earth I looked at the WGSN trend Earthed taking inspiration from nature textured surfaces. I visited the David Hockney exhibition for inspiration, looking at brightly coloured mountains and patterns, this effect could be given with brightly coloured and patterned layered fabrics. If I take this idea forward for FMP I would like to create a collection that combines all three elements, for example maybe a snowy volcano landscape, I feel these landscapes can also reflects peoples multiple personalities, a fiery heart and passion, an Ice cold guard in order to hide and protect themselves, an earthy tendency of being one with nature, feeling empathy for everything in the earth.
Idea 3- Disco
For my theme disco I was inspired by 70s disco, looking at nightclub Studio 54 as well as Saturday night fever for inspiration. I visited the exhibition 60s and 70s Revolution at the V&A to find out more about the era and the impact and power of the youth at this time. I thought about a modern take on the theme looking at the trend psycho tropical which shows bright neon tropical themed imagery. Inspired by this I looked at neon tropical lighting in palm trees and with neon fish. I thought about the modern trend for pastels that keeps coming back each summer and this lead to my idea to combine neon and pastels, a fun way to re invent disco with a modern take. For me party/disco is about being the centre of attention, wanting to be that girl who walks into a party and everyone turns to look. If I chose disco for my FMP project it would be about creating this head turning look, ‘more is more’!