Identity and present your colour palette
Following my development of drawings I have chosen these colour palettes inspired by photos and drawings from the marine environment.
Be inspired by an artist or designer
Lee Alexander MacQueen
I want to hold my hand up to being guilty of not paying much attention to fashion in the past. I always felt very removed from the culture of trends and catwalk collections. Clothing for me was about practicalities and what was available although I always veered to more unusual looks if I was exposed to them. Now having the internet we are exposed to so much information it’s possible to find designers that appeal to you or watch catwalk shows of the latest or past collections and even to see some of the processes involved in creating them.
During my research of these, MacQueen’s work really stood out to me. As I have said knowing nothing about him I did research only to discover sadly he is no longer here and that we shared a birthday. I also discovered he was fascinated by his Scottish heritage and his ancestors belonged to an area of Skye where my own came from.
I think his work was particularly inspiring as he broke boundaries producing his collections. You can see the commitment to the theme he is trying to convey. His catwalk shows were more like performance art and the outfits often made from unusual materials which produced reactions of shock and awe. He was certainly a master of his craft.
I am particularly drawn to the work created for his Voss Spring/Summer 2001 collection, the colours in the green outfits, the razorshell dress and the outfits made with mussel shells. Other things were the embroidery, the asymmetric cuts and the use of unusual materials as in the red microscope slide dress.
Fig.1. Alexander McQueen Spring 2001 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show (2001)
Fig. 2. Alexander McQueen Spring 2001 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show (2001)
Fig. 3. Voss, Alexander McQueen (2001)
Fig. 4. Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer (2001)
Fig. 5. Exotic Pieces of Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty Fashion
Iris van Herpen
Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer. Since her first show in 2007 she has continued to investigate and invent new ways of combining traditional and radical materials within her garment construction producing futuristic looking forms.
Van Herpen innovative approach has included the use of 3D printing as a garment construction technique and her work is almost a form of sculpture. In terms of research for this project I was particularly drawn to her ‘Water Dress’. For this piece she collaborated with Nick Knight who captured high speed footage of model Daphne Guinness being splashed with black and clear water. She then chose her final idea from one of the many images and heated and sculpted plastic to produce the dress.
Fig. 6. Iris van Herpen Water Dress (2013)
Fig. 1. and Fig. 2. Alexander McQueen Spring 2001 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show (2001) At: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2001-ready-to-wear/alexander-mcqueen/slideshow/collection (Accessed on 30 Nov 2018)
Fig. 3. Voss, Alexander McQueen (2001) At: http://the-widows-of-culloden.tumblr.com/post/37041389700/pauvres-deactivated20140521-voss-alexander (Accessed on 30 Nov 2018)
Fig. 4. Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer (2001) At: http://bosconos.tumblr.com/post/93706683575/archivings-alexander-mcqueen-springsummer-2001 (Accessed on 30 Nov 2018)
Fig. 5. Exotic Pieces of Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty Fashion (2015) At: https://tommybeautypro.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/exotic-pieces-of-alexander-mcqueens-savage-beauty-fashion/amp/ (Accessed on 30 Nov 2018)
Fig. 6. Iris van Herpen Water Dress (2013) At: https://www.irisvanherpen.com/news/water-dress-shooting-with-nick-knight-and-daphne-guinness (Accessed on 30 Nov 2018)