Wednesday, 16 December 2015


I recently have been very inspired by fashion illustration and thought I would share one of my favourite artists.  The first is the work of Sarah Hankinson.  Her work is very well known and has been used in various fashion magazines, home ware magazines as well as producing her own blog where she posts recent work as well as commissioned  products, such as paintings, calendars and diaries.  She uses pencil and watercolours for her work to create detailed drawings, with painted garments and colour detailing on the illustrations.   Below is some of my favourite work by her.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


I set to the internet to do some researching on upcoming trends for Autumn/ Winter 2016, and to explore what themes and colour schemes would suit my final chosen brand; Gucci.  In addition I have decided to complete a menswear digital print range; looking at existing collections and creating a new one that would be suited to this brand.  Trend forecasting is readily available on branded sites such as WGSN, Trend Zoom and also Pantone - who source and select the hottest colour swatches of the upcoming season.

Due to creating my prints for A/W I decided to go for a Nordic Landscape inspiration using the theme of Escapism and Water as key inspiration.  I love the idea of incorporating the several formations of water, from research images of the sea, to snow to ice. There is a poetic nature with a sense of surrealism used by RenĂ© Magritte in the 20th century) and serving as inspiration here. Clouds are included in art installations, photography and fashion shows in an unexpected way and i would like to experiment with imagery and textures visualised.

I played on the idea of nature and the environment for my main source of inspiration, as Gucci frequently use primary images of plants and flowers for their digital prints.  With the colour palette being mainly lighter hues of blues, purples and greys,I focused on key imagery of the sea, ice and snow.  I created a Pinterest Board (linked here) based around my inspiration for the print designs.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


With the briefing of my new unit complete, I am very excited to get started on the digital 'side' of the first year course.  As the end result will be 6 complete samples of digitally printed jersey and silk with a publication portfolio displaying our work process.  The starting point is to explore existing high fashion brands that predominately use digital printed garments in their collections.


Most famously known for her vivid, bold colour clashing choices, she is renowned for the Spring/Summer collections, which she focuses on floral prints with heavy embellishment detail.  Her colour palettes are beautiful as she is not afraid to clash tones and contrasting patterns to create stunning print designs.  Her feminine outlook is clearly seen in her collections and are incredibly popular in the celebrity culture.  Her inspiration is mainly from natural resources such as plants and flowers however in her A/W 13 collection she has heavily inspired by architecture such as high blocks of flats as well as Japanese-esque landscapes.


Erdem Moralioglu launched his own label in 2005, creating a ready-to-wear brand that consists of experimental textiles with vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship.  His style is versatile but incredibly feminine, and works by mixing the bold with delicacy of using silk printed fabric.  He thrives on the manipulation of images based on nature such as plants and flowers, but edits and distorts the image to appear slightly obfuscated patterns.  he once said in an article with The Independent; "I want to recreate the idea of movement and memory on a train".  I believe this is clearly displayed in his work.


I decided to research into Peter Pilotto as his final collections re incredibly different to the two other brands shown above.  His inspiration for the collections may be seen as derived from similar sources such as nature and the environment, however the approach in print is opposing.  The use of a wider range of vivid colours is apparent as well as the geometric line and body contours to draw attention to areas of the body as well as accentuating others.  I have absolutely fallen in love with his work however due to the extensive variations I feel the fluidity of his work produced would be challenging to replicate.

I feel i have swayed closer to the brand Erdem as I find the initial process of his print creations inspiring and is something I would like to experiment with and create my own print.  If possible I am planning on creating a Menswear line of digital prints inspired by this brand as Erdem is currently a Womenswear brand only.  I think this will be interesting to look into as this will be my first menswear trial and I am thoroughly looking forward to see my future outcome! Let me know what you think about the above brands, and if there are any inspirations you don't mind sharing.

Monday, 7 December 2015


It's been a long time since I've posted on my blog but I think a quick catch-up is well deserved... In September (which seems like years ago now) I moved down to Bournemouth to start my first year at university a week later.  I am now a proud fresher of Arts University Bournemouth, otherwise known as AUB for short.  I am doing a three year Fashion BA Hons degree, which I am currently loving even with the amount of stress and pressure to succeed and achieve, against such creative and talented students.  The uni itself is an 'Arts' uni which means all the courses available at the university are art based; such as illustration, photography, make-up, interior design and architecture.

I am living in the brand new Halls of Residence which is a short five/ten minute walk from the town centre (perfect for nights out!!) I share a flat with seven other girls - surprisingly we all get on so well and have become great friends in such a short amount of time.

My course has roughly 80 students on my year, where we are split into four sub groups, each named after fashion capitals - Milan, Paris, New York and London.  Two groups at a time do one side of the course whilst the other two groups do the other side of the course.   Each 'side' of the course consists of two units which run simultaneously alongside one another and unfortunately have the same deadline day *crying face*.  Last week I completed my first hand-in which was the 'Creative' units- a very stressful build up due to the insane amount of work due.  One unit consisted of designing and producing a white shirt which was influenced by a theme of choice; I chose futuristic architecture.  The other unit was based around designing a 50 outfit collection with a final 6 design lineup.  Each unit consisted of producing an 800 word essay, a sketchbook for each plus extra bodies of work!!!  Below are some images from both of these units:

Above is my toile prototype for my white shirt

Above is my final layout manual for my final 6 outfits.

I am very pleased with my work that i have produced and am very excited to begin my new two units which as based on digital fashion/printing and new technologies this week.  I hope to post more in the forthcoming months to follow my progress with uni work as well as new fashion related posts!  Feel free to ask any questions.