Since writing this blog I have been able to learn from large variety of different sources, many of which I have never come into contact with before and many of which I would never researched. The most challenging blog post for me was the one looking into the sustainability issues of Arsenic, this is due… Continue reading Summary
For my garment sustainability analysis, I have chosen to look into the impact of poisonous dyes and the effect that they have had on past men and women from the toxic chemicals that have been used in the production. For much of the 19th Century the damage that everyday items of clothing such as… Continue reading Garment Sustainability Analysis
The advertisement that I have decided to do an analysis of is one of the campaigns which Tom Ford and Mario Testino created when Ford joined Gucci in the 2003. What made the advertisements more shocking was that Ford was relatively unheard of at the time and therefore people were not used to his… Continue reading Tom Ford’s Gucci 2003 Semiotic Analysis
The Garment which I have chosen to analyse was designed and created by Yves Saint Laurent, the french designer who founded the brand in 1961. This wool dress was on the runway in the Fall/Winter collection of 1965-66 (The Met, [Online] )and is one of the most iconic pieces of the brand. Yves Saint Laurent was… Continue reading Saint Laurent Mondrian Dress
Paris Fashion Week is an event held twice a year for Haute Couture and Ready to Wear shows and allows designers to preview their collections for the new season. Paris has one of the most recognised fashion weeks along with London, Milan and New York, (FWO.2012) featuring designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, Céline and Elie… Continue reading Paris Fashion Week
My name is Olivia Woods, I am a first year Fashion Buying with Design student at De Montfort University who is originally from Norwich. My interests are reading fashion magazines, books and browsing online for clothes and accessories which my student loan far from covers. Once I finish my degree I would like to either become a Fashion Buyer or a trend forecaster.
The fashion designer who I deem most inspirational is Coco Chanel. During October 2015 I visited the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, (The Saatchi Galley, London, 2015) which was “a journey through the origins of CHANEL’s creations capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld”.This led me to understand the important role of brand marketing, communication and PR in creating a long-lasting, successful fashion house. I have also read various Chanel books including Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardi.Being an A level Politics student, I found the most interesting part of the book was the explanation of the outfits worn by Jackie Kennedy which “became a talking point of the Kennedy-Nixon campaign” (PICARDI, J, 2010, Page 284) and the criticism she faced. Most famously the suit worn by Jackie at the assassination of JFK led to an interest in the costume design in the 2016 film ‘Jackie’ where Jackie Kennedy was portrayed by Natalie Portman. (Jess Cartner-Morley, 2017)
I also enjoy watching the Chanel fashion shows where Karl Lagerfeld continues to keep Gabrielle Chanel’s vision alive; similarly what was most inspiring about a trip to Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition in 2015 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2015) was the continuing development of a brand that would always be loyal to its legacy.
Since reading: House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed Gucci is another brand which I find extremely intriguing, partly because of the many scandals from within the brand since the death of Guccio Gucci in 1953. (GAY FORDEN, S 2000) I also find the renovation of the brand over recent years extremely interesting, therefore this is one of the many shows I find myself watching over the Fashion Week period.
I have just began reading ‘Inside Vogue’ by the recently resigned Editor in Chief Alexandra Schulman and particularly enjoyed watching her documentary on the BBC celebration 100 years of British Vogue, (Lauren Miligan, 2016) where an insight was given into the day to day running of the Magazine and the jobs faced by various editors. (SCHULMAN, A. 2016)
PICARDI, J. (2010) Coco Chanel The Legend and Life. London: Harper, Page 284
Jess Cartner-Morley (2017) Jackie Kennedy’s pink wool suit and the dark side of first lady fashion [Online] The Guardian Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/jan/17/jackie-kennedy-pink-wool-suit-dark-side-first-lady-fashion-dallas-glamour-power
The Saatchi Galley, London (2015) MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ [Online] Available from: http://www.saatchigallery.com/current/mademoiselle_prive.php
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2015) Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty [Online] Available from: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty
SCHULMAN, A. (2016) Inside Vogue, A Diary of My 100th Year. Great Britain, Penguin
Lauren Miligan: The Duchess Is Vogue’s Centenary Cover Star [Online] Vogue, Available from: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/duchess-of-cambridge-vogue-cover-catherine-centenary-issue