Senior Project: About Me

8 Apr

Interest:

beach/outdoor activities such as hiking

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Concerts and Music Shows

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Art Shows:

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Work Experience: Retail

Currently work at the Gap and work on the visual merchandising

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Past experience in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop:

Rebranded Anthropologie in Illustrator

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Adobe Photoshop experience: Men’s inspired Lookbook

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A Bit of Sewing experience

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Final project garment

30 Nov

Princess-line Peplum dress with oversized bow

   

  

      

My inspiration from the Fowler Museum in UCLA was Barron Lacroix, which had a lot of colors. It’s a man wearing a suit with a bow tie, so I took the bow tie into inspiration and made it oversized in a women’s peplum dress.

proud of myself with my final result :]



Alter Identity Project

8 Nov

For my alter identity final project, I chose to focus on Teen pregnancy. I chose to do teen pregnancy because it’s something we see a lot today and people view them differently. I also chose to do this project because I want to know how it feels to be stared at, I want to put myself in teen moms shoes. For dress I will be creating a fake belly and wear it under my clothes. I will be observing how people look at me and how I am treated differently when I’m pregnant and how it made me feel. Since this is teen pregnancy I will be wearing clothing brands that young women wear. For example, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle, Skate/ Surf brands and Pink by Victoria Secret. I will be visiting grocery stores, going to family functions, church, work, and even out with friends.

Teen pregnancy is hard because you are young and put your life on hold. You can’t do certain things you did before you were pregnant. A lot of people have different opinions on teen pregnancy. For example my parents are very traditional and feel that someone should be married before having a baby. I feel by doing this project everyone close aroud me can learn something from it as well.

 

Final garment ideas

7 Nov

The whole quarter I had envisioned what I wanted to do for my final project. I still wanted to keep my original plan and use the exhibit as inspiration to pick out my fabric. The exhibition had a dark feeling to it so I decided to of course incorporate black fabric. Behind the dark feeling that it gave me, there were bright colors that would stand out. The color that stood out for me was purple and a florescent pink. The piece I chose to focus on was Barron Lacroix (2010). It’s an older man in a black suit, standing on a platform. There are skulls represented in the piece. The background has a lot of different colored leaves, outlined with a different color. For my final garment I chose to make a peplum top. I would use the bodice sloper without the darts and add on the bottom hem to make into a peplum. For the peplum I would use the slash and pivot technique. For my bottom I will be making a skirt around mid thigh length. I will be using the skirt sloper. The fabrics I will be using are woven, cotton.

Dress, Gender and Public Display

1 Nov

A females exposed body parts can mean different things in different cultures. In this chapter they give comparisons on the Kalabari tribe and the Euro American women. In the Kalabari tribe the way a woman is dressed starts with child hood and physical maturation and ends with the expected status of marriage. Dress tells a lot because the horizontal lines of women wrappers and blouses emphasize the roundness of the fertile or potentially fertile woman. The Kalabari tribe has an ideal shape for a woman’s body. The more plumped they were the more they where ready to give birth to a child.  The meaning of having a wider waist was to show people that they have given childbirth and contributed to the tribe.

It’s true how a woman’s body is always more exposed then a male’s body. It can be different occasions, as a uniform, or even on a daily basis. I think this statement is true because at my old job at Hot Dog on a Stick, the girls would wear short shorts and a semi tight shirt. The guys would wear long shorts with loose fitting shirt. All the uniforms looked the same but the girls attire always had to be a bit more revealing. Even in special occasions as in a wedding the bride is meant to wear white to show she is a virgin. It’s tradition to wear white on your wedding day but today it is rare to see that. A lot of bridal companies make their dresses in ivory. The wedding dresses expose skin on the shoulders and arms and sometimes shows a lot of cleavage. A man’s attire to the wedding is a suit that covers him from neck to toe. I feel like woman today feel like the only way they can feel “sexy” or secure is to show a lot of skin to catch a male’s attention. It’s sad because a man should be attracted to you for who you are and not how much clothes you are wearing.

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Tribal woman exposing skin

Even at work women show more skin then men

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Bias cut wrap dress

30 Oct

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This project was fun. I would make another one. the hardest part was the facing. This project wasn’t as bad as i thought it was going to be. Now I know how to make some summer wraps. No fun to work when ur getting sick.

Desire and Dread: Alexander McQueen

25 Oct

Alexander McQueen was in incredible designer. He graduated from MA Fashion Design course at Central Saint Martins in London in February 1992. His first collection was Victorian inspired. He focused on the dark side of the nineteenth century. His collections were dark and fierce. The themes of sex, death and commerce intertwined. People viewed his collections the wrong way. He showed women being abused and the themes were on rape, war, sex and death. But the inspiration came from the power of women. He likes to portray women as strong instead of a victim. It was the relationship between victim and aggressor. Marquis de Sade had the same views.

I have always heard of Alexander McQueen but never took the time to see his work. But after researching and looking at his work he became one of my favorite designers. At first while reading, since I didn’t know much about him, I was a little bit shocked and frightened. What he used for his inspiration for his designs was a little out there to me. I then did some research and it made more sense to me. The details he does on his garment are amazing. The shapes and curves and the structure where eye catching. I couldn’t stop looking at his work. I kept researching and researching. Just by looking at his work I found inspiration. He inspired me and made me open my eyes to things that can get your mind thinking and that any thing can be an inspiration. He inspired me with the lace details on a window display. I wish I could own a piece of his clothing. Taking this class has opened my mind to being creative and when looking at something to really observe it, look at the detail and really take it in.

link: http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/about/

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