Thursday, December 24, 2009

What my students did part 2

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The collection by Kadi Adrikorn

In November I did another fashion short course and workshop in my studio.

This time I had 4 students- it’s not a lot, but that’s actually the max size of the group. This way I can give each of them lots of time and personal tutoring.

Altogether this year I’ve had 17 fantastic, enthusiastic and talented students attending my studio courses. Plus the ones in the Academy of Arts of my native land, where I teach too.

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The collection by Regina Sepp

The course in my studio runs for 5 days, 3 hours a day and the students have to work HARD!

First I give a talk about different ways of doing a research- with lots of pics. Then we get draping and designing with second hand garments on a dummy and taking lots of photos of this process. Then we analyse the pics and decide what goes in their collection and Photoshop it all together- just to get a better idea.

By the end of the course they will have the whole collection lineup ready- in drape and on paper, so all there is to do is to develop the patterns and cut and sew it all.

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The collection by Mirjam Kristian

I learned this way of working by observing my co-students, when I was studying in the Famous College of Arts and Design in London and it has completely changed my design process.

In the olden days I used to design by drawing on paper- this was a sure way to frustration- I NEVER got the results I was looking for. Now a whole new world of 3 dimensional design process has opened up for me and it’s so exciting! Hopefully it has helped my students too. Most of them are just high school students, some as young as 16, planning to go and study fashion in their home country or somewhere abroad.

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The collection by Mariann Metsis


Thanks for all the models and photographers who’s catwalk/static pics were used by the students during this project. It was all for good reason- education!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

(Desperately) Searching for Jeanette’s

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Jeanette’s boutique, London, photo by Darrell Berry

One Sunday not long ago I decided to go and check out a new and interesting fashion shop I had read about- Jeanette’s in London’s East End. It’s quite funny that a designer fashion shop would pop up in East, which so far has been a domain of second hand shops, Asian restaurants, markets and bizarre little boutiques.

I had done all the background research, finding that Jeanette’s was established by James Main aka Jeanette who is described by New York Times Style blog as a club host, designer muse and stylist. Obviously a person with many contacts in London fashion scene. In Jeanette’s he sells rare items and one-off special pieces from his friends- hot London designers like Louise Grey, Kim Jones, Christopher Kane, James Long and Richard Nicoll. Some of them happen to be my course mates from London Famous College of Art and Design MA Fashion course.

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Jeanette’s boutique, London, photo by Darrell Berry

I was quite excited about going there, and just a little bit intimidated about the idea of meeting this important fashion person who is running the shop. We walked up the Redchurch street and then up and down the Club Row, where the entrance was supposed to be- and can you believe it- we could not find it! It was not there! Or it was hiding from us! I even entered a hair dressers salon to ask for directions, but still no avail. Jeanette’s with its famous multicoloured wooden shutters was nowhere in sight.

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Jeanette’s boutique, London, photo by Darrell Berry

I was understandably very sad. To relieve my sadness I took lots of pictures of street art instead. Very useful as a source of inspiration. And then I went back home to design my own collection.

Street art Club Row, London

Giant Squirrel on Club Row, near Jeanette's.

Steet art, London Brick Lane

Nice flower motifs.

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Pair of charming owls.

Street art, East London

Interesting colour scheme plus great motifs.

PS. I’m sure Jeanette’s actually exists, probably just this Sunday the owner had decided to have a day off….

Check out the Jeanette’s opening party pics from Colette’s blog.

As I could not take any photos of Jeanette’s, I used some taken by a photographer called Darrell Berry who, among other things, has taken lots of pics of London nightlife.

Jeanette’s, 64-66 Redchurch Street, entrance at Club Row
London E2 7DP

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