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Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Fashion Drawing Session by Would You Rock This. Organized by Brandon Graham, and sponsored by the The Fashion Center, I treasure these opportunities to draw from a live fashion model. As a bonus the garments worn by the model were from the latest SP'2013 collection by the one and only DVF!
You've probably heard me mention more than once how important it is to practice drawing as much as possible. Developing this skill is MORE important than checking the latest trend on style.com. Yes, I said it! Focusing on developing your unique talent and skill through drawing is cumulative and no one can ever take this away from you. As a student in Parsons by the same teachers that taught Marc Jacobs I was constantly reminded that Marc was never ever seen without a sketch book in hand. He was constantly drawing and developing his talent, and I don't need to tell you where he ended up! Developing your hand/eye coordination will help you not just drawing, but in your draping and patternmaking skill. It's all about taking the time to stop, focus, and look. What is your vision? Developing your ability to communicate your skills with clarity and focus will be the determining factor in your ability to stand out. What drives you? How do you like to develop your Hand/Eye coordination? Share in the comments below!
DESIGN PROCESS FOR IOU PROJECT COMPETITION
Sketching out my ideas in a croquis sketchbook is my favorite part of the design process. As you can see it was hard to stop! I like to have several fashion croquis templates that I have sketched before hand so my design ideas can just flow. This quick video shows you how I sketch my fashion croquis templates. When I'm working out concepts I try to focus on design, but since I love to draw, sometimes I just can't help but play around with different styles or techniques. Which are your favorites? I personally love the idea of a drawstring madras plaid rucksack in the top left sketch, a close second is the madras plaid motorcycle jacket below.
IOU PROJECT HANDWOVEN MADRAS PLAID
Usually when I start to design a collection I start with a concept or inspiration and then work my way towards colors and fabrics. In this case, the collection was designed for the IOU Project competition, so I knew the fabric would be a handwoven madras plaid cotton, in colors of their choosing.
Thanks to all that voted for my design on Ecouterre's DIY with IOU Project & Source4Style Competition!
I promised to post all the steps involved in the design process of this design and I will start tomorrow!
I will also have some very exciting news to come about the production of this dress!
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Ok, so I have some exciting news to share. Just found out I am a finalist in a competition searching for the next sustainable designer! Here is an awesome blog about the inspiration for my competition entry. Watch this video to learn about the IOU Project, one of the most influential companies in fashion. Not just sustainable fashion, as Stylesight, the leading industry trend forecaster cites The IOU Project as one of today's top influencers. I'm honored to be a part of this movement, and will update everyone with more soon! Also FYI, I entered with just these sketches, and am the only designer who does not yet have her own established brand. Just another example of the opportunities that are available when you have strong a portfolio. Possibilities are always endless!See SOURCE4STYLE for more info, and my #1 stop for beautiful and ethical fabrics.
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