Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ida's Flowers Costumes

For my costume design project, I chose to design the endearing children's story: Little Ida's Flowers, by Hans Christian Anderson. For this particular project, my class could choose to design for any book, movie, play, or ballet. I wanted to do something really whimsical and fictional, oppose to say choosing Marie Antoinette.
Little Ida's Flowers is a story about an English girl who wonders where the flowers go in the winter. Every fall afternoon, she peers out her window, and sees the flowers slowly withering and disappearing with the looming colder weather. She asks her friend, a boy with a big imagination, where the flowers go. He tells her stories about how the flowers inhabit the king's summer palace when the king leaves at the end of summer. According to the boy, all the flowers in England attend balls, dancing the night away in the deserted castle while the leaves and snow fall outside. Its an enchanting story, that I remember from my childhood, and I thought it would be fun if it was brought back to life as a ballet or children's play. I illustrated costumes for Ida, and 4 of the main flowers talked about in the story :)
Mood Board.
Mood Board closeups

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Summer Bridal Collection

Mood Board for my vintage/old fashioned/summertime inspired bridal collection.
I wanted the dresses to have the feel of an elegant, simple, county wedding.
My teacher wrote on my comment sheet: "I think you just chose images and designed for your future wedding".....ooops SUE ME....I'm a 19 year old girl who likes flower arrangements in mason jars...
All of the fabric/trims (which are hard to differentiate on the computer) are shades of white, off-white, and ivory. Most of the fabric is tea died to give it a soft vintage look....which I tea died tea....that I was drinking....and continued to drink after I took the fabric out........
I used a lot of antique lace and layers of chiffon, which was hard to illustrate (but you can use your imagination:)
I also played with the idea of a shorter wedding dress that still looks elegant. This one has a train.
Panels of antique lace that would be more off-white and delicate looking in real life.
another shorter number
For this project I had to create a customer and come up with market research for the dresses. The inspiration photos below put everything in more of a context for what the wedding of my hypothetical customer could be like.
wedding cookies > wedding cake

The prettiest hair i've ever seen.
Short wedding dress inspiration!

Dress detail inspiration.
This collar kills me with it's infinite beauty! ah!
Ok i'm ready now!...lets go GET MARRIED  have a wedding party....

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Icelandic Inspired Knitwear

Mood Board: a pretty girl in a pretty sweater, ice-sickles, and snowy mountains/sunsets/water oh my.
Figure/fabric board.
1. Hand knit sweater and suede lace-up shorts
2. Hand knit dress
3. Machine knit jumper with side ties and jersey knit shirt

Fabric: brown cut & sew knit, tan suede, grey jersey knit, and blue & gray drawings of yarn (and a black strand to show thickness) to show what the first two looks would be knitted out of.
Close up. Showing all the chains, braids, and ribs was a b.i.t.c.h to draw.

Caterpillar Hiking Coats

I think yall are getting the drift for my apparel projects now: inspiration, fabric, flats, & illustration boards. I usually use 14x17 in. boards, so in my opinion, everything on the blog looks shrunken, but I like to post it anyway.......
Coat/Jacket Inspiration: puffy colorful caterpillar!
Fabric board.
It is all different gor-texes, nylons (to hypothetically be stuffed with down), polar fleece, spandex, an a rib-knit.
I painted all the colored gore-tex to get it the exact shades I wanted for the collection.
Figures. I warned you in the last post that these turned out a little cross you don't get your money back. Plus they are holding birch bark walking sticks which makes everything O.K.
1. Blue down winter coat
2. Mint green fleece
3. Orange raincoat
4. Grey down vest over mint green fleece
5. Turquoise raincoat.
Cute snow boots do exist!
Technical flats.
Detail of the blue down winter coat.

Geometric Dancewear

For one of my projects (actually for 2 of them...I'll maybe post the other collection soon) I had to pick a sport and design activewear.
Other people designed everything from skiing snowsuits to paint-balling gear, but I of course designed dancewear (and hiking jackets in my other collection...but my figures turned out a little cross eyed.....)

My desk always gets so crazy mid-project.
Inspiration/fabric board.
I was inspired by these geometric Moroccan landscape paintings.
As for the fabric swatches, everything is spandex except the 2nd blue on the left, which is chiffon, and the heather grey which is sweatshirt material cotton.
Hand-drawn flats.
Figures & Looks.