Reseach and Record: Everyday Shapes

Fashion and Textiles Diagnostic 21/09/2015

Everyday Shapes: Fashion and Textiles

Secondary Research

We have been given a list of designers to research on for this project. the research is more visual rather than textual so I am adding and describing lots of pictures of pieces of work from those designers for the secondary research.


1. Vionnet's use of the shape of the oval in the S/S 2015 collection. The oval in the centre looks like the depiction of a full stomach to me. The best part according to me is how the rest of the outfit is surrounded around the oval which makes the shape stand out.



2. Balenciaga's use of repetitive shapes of the diamond is the form of a net pattern in S/S 2015. The use of repetition makes the shape prominent. I love how a mesh is used to bring out the shape instead of prints, it highlights the shape as will as the body. 



3. Pierre Cardin is said to usually ignore female body form and concentrate more on his inspiration from shapes. These are some pieces from S/S 2013. These dresses look like elongated springs to me, it teaches how shapes don't have to necessarily be the basic ones, it can be interpreted as other commonly recognised shapes in nature like the spring here.  



4. Some pieces Christian Dior's S/S 2015 collection which have a frame underneath to build a particular shape. These pieces manipulate the female body form to exaggerate parts of it, the shape of the hip in this case. I love how 'shape' has been used as shapes from the natural human body.




5. Alexander McQueen's use of squares in S/S 2015. McQueen's designs have always inspired me,there are two parts in which I see shape here. One are the basic squares which use colour to bring interest into the design. It fascinates me how a shape as simple as a square can form such beautiful pieces. The second is the face mask which puts the shape of the face into place. When I looked closely I found that all models had different masks shaped according to their face shapes which helps me see the difference in all human bodies.

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6. Issey Miyake's S/S 2015 with details of shape in the hats and tops. I really like how the shapes are formed by printing or stitching but just by folds



7. Rei Kawakubo has several different shapes in all the designs of the S/S 2015 collection and these are some of my favourites. Each piece of this collection was so different from the other, apart from the colour. Each had a different base shape, maybe each had a totally different inspiration. What my favourite about the collection is that designers usually keep pattens similar and change colours and forma a little; but he has kept consistent with the colour and nothing else. It makes the entire collection really interesting and makes me think in detail about each piece and not just a collection as a whole.




8. Designs from Yohji Yamamoto's S/S 2015 collection which seem to be inspired by certain shapes



9. Hussein Chalayan's S/S 2015 Collection. Though I'm not sure, these pieces seem to be inspired by a top view of a city. It looks like a simpler version of a city map. Here shape is used more in the form of pattern rather than shape of the outfit which is different from the other pieces. It shows how shape can be used in the simplified form of just pattern as well.



10. Explicitly visible shapes in Bruno Pieters S/S 2010 collection. It is like an extension to the collar bone. This is another piece which plays with the body modification. Collar bones are considered to be sensuous parts of the female body, and the elaboration in this way makes it look even better according to me. 



11. Gareth Pugh's A/W 2015-16 collection has a very strong use of shapes. I think these shapes speak out empowerment, hey are like shoulder pad extentions which were common in the 80s. It makes the shoulders look more strong and bold and the red adds to it.





Primary Research

 We were told to sketch architecture in and around the University using mark making techniques. I have pictures of my inspiration. The sketches are in my sketchbook. These are the places I got inspired by, mainly doors and windows, and bricks:







Then pick out 10 shapes from our sketches and experiment with them in 2D and 3D forms. The record of the same is in my sketchbook except for the 3D work which I have taken pictures of:



We had to draw 3 chosen shapes on a huge sheet of paper:





 And then we had to cut the pieces out and place them on our partner. I did it in two different ways, this is the first one. With this one I liked how the front had that interesting shape but I felt I hadn't made much use of the rest of the shapes.



And this is the second one. The interesting shape again comes in the front over here which I like, could have been placed a little bit differently thought I believe. The head gear is something I really liked because of the folds. I think I could have done something better with the leg piece.


We even had to sketch these out, the sketches are in my sketchbook.



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