I designed my first font! Another fun college project is done and I am excited to share my creative work with you. So, let's start.
In my Graphic Design for Fashion class, we were tasked to design a font for the fashion brand Moschino and to apply it to three garments. I did tons of research about the past Moschino collections and the latest work by Jeremy Scott, the head of the brand these days. He is a fun-loving fashion designer with a great eye of popular culture; he is always looking into how to interpret the world around us into clothing.
To be able to design a font, I needed inspiration and with Scott's affection of icons of culture, I decided to look into Lauren Bacall. This famous actress was also a style icon and her lips are often the center of photographs. Her lips, as well as her fashion sense, became the central piece of my five-week design endeavor.
Below you can see my moodboard. I present Bacall as a girl with attitude - something the Moschino fans can relate to. As she is lighting a cigarette, instead of smoke, you see 'clouds' of lips - and the upper part of the lip became a design element in my font. I call the font "Oh, Those Lips" ...
The project required a complete alphabet - uppercase, lowercase, and numbers. I did many variations of each letter to ultimately arrive at a visually appealing typography. This font was to be applied to three garments. Moschino became famous for a dress that had "It's all so simple" imprinted on it. This slogan was what was to be written in the new font. You can see my font below - the lips add a simple touch of each letter giving it a feeling and an attitude.
Early in the development stages, I played around with the slogan. I stacked the words on top of each other; I mixed their order up; I wrote them backwards. And I found out that I could highlight four letters and get SASS (oh, how appropriate for the Moschino brand!) as the core message for my font and collection!
So, here I present you with my final collection inspired by Bacall's lips and Moschino's sassy attitude to life and fashion. I designed a pencil skirt, a turtle neck short-sleeve top, and a pair of trousers. All of these garments are simple - to honor the original slogan. Yet, there are a great way to hold the new font and the my interpretation of Moschino's work.
What do you think? Let me know your thoughts.
Next to fashion, architecture is one of my passions. Having grown up in Europe, I was exposed to many an architectural style and during my yearly trips to Prague, I am intrigued to learn more about my surroundings. Now that I live in the US, I enjoy traveling the country and discovering its architectural treasures. One of my favorites is the Brooklyn Bridge.
A walk on this bridge that opened to public in May 1883 is lovely. As you walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn (or the other way), you feel the sun and air around you. You feel the vibrations of the bridge as cars travel across on a lower level. You see the river under and you can observe the city around. There are people quickly walking to their jobs; there are people strolling around enjoying their ice cream. Runners and bikers whiz by.
The bridge is an icon of New York City and has certainly made itself present in the popular culture. I enjoy reading about its history and how it has impacted the life of New Yorkers. I love its style and the arches of its towers. From under, from above, from the side ... this bridge is a wonderful travel destination.
My favorite aspect of fashion is to design and sew for my customers. I created dresses and skirts on order. The process turned out to be a wonderful learning experience - an opportunity for me to improve my skills and broaden my creative portfolio.
Here is what I have learned:
Listen and trust your customer - I believe that listening is one of the most rewarding moments of any creative process. When I talk to my customers, I make sure there is room to hear what they need and what they look for. Ultimately, they know their body the best. They know how they feel about fashion. They know how they want a garment to function. My trust in their ability to communicate their needs makes me a better designer - I design on point with function and visual appeal in mind.
Communicate your ideas - While listening and trusting is crucial, I also believe in the importance of communicating my creativity and my solutions to a customer's request. An idea at the beginning of the designing process may become obsolete as I go about sewing a skirt or a dress. I make sure that if I have a better solution, my customers can consider and feedback on it.
Test, test, test - An idea of paper is an entirely different thing than an executed 3D article of clothing. I keep my mind open - I enjoy repeat tryouts and chats with my customers while they wear the garment and test it out. Together we examine the silhouette, the drape, the fit. And anything needs updating, I am there for them!
If you are interested in ordering a skirt, reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and timeline.
I often resort to nature for inspiration for color combinations and ideas for shapes (e.g., tree shapes may drive an idea for an A-line skirt). I enjoy gardening and last year I added tulips to my flower selection. The tulips came up in the Spring and added so much color and variety of my backyard!
I also like to research fashion history and find that taking something from my daily life is a wonderful topic of research. So, I researched tulips and their incorporation in fashion design. No surprise there - tulips are a popular source of inspiration.
I am sharing with you dresses that interpret the tulip in two ways. First, take a look at the sculptural shapes of dresses by Dior and Capucci. The designers looked at the tulip as a source of silhouette - the tulip petals were turned into fabric layers.
Second, designers turn the tulip into a fabric pattern. The gown by the House of Worth is an example of wonderful workmanship and detail. The tulip, in this case, is easily recognizable and makes a huge visual mark on the black background. Clark turned the tulip into an over-all print on this lovely flowy dress - this dress is a study of color, balance, and how pattern behaves on the garment.
As you can see, tulips have been popular for a long time and their beauty can be incorporated into fashion in various way. I am looking forward to see how they continue to be an important inspiration in fashion design!
Six years ago in mid-October, I was on a tour of the East Coast and one of the stops was the Niagara Falls. Travel is fascinating to me - seeing new places and meeting people who live there is often a life-changing experience.
Back in 2008, it was cold but so lovely! There is something about waterfalls and how they hug land and 'jump' of the edge at an amazing speed. Calmer waters at the top of the rocks at the Niagara Falls are dark blue and grey. When they fall down, they turn pristine white and almost resemble lace. Fall colors on trees surrounded the water and made for wonderful ambiance.
And the noise! Not only was I seeing nature's beauty, I could also hear it. The water is strong - it is almost impossible to talk to a friend standing nearby - the waterfalls make their presence strong.
If you have a chance, I would recommend a trip to the waterfalls. Walk around and enjoy the beauty of the Niagara.
The ever so popular culture of slogan t-shirts is the basis for my latest college project: a mini-collection of t-shirts inspired by the work of Katharine E Hamnett. I was to come up with a political slogan and design t-shirts in the aesthetic of Hamnett's brand. What a fun fashion design endeavor!
As I am passionate about women's rights, I decided to build my collection on this slogan: "My pits. My tits. My bits." Over the course of four weeks, I tested this slogan on t-shirts of different types and experimented with typography and innovative use of the Myriad Pro font.
Below you can see a couple of pages from my sketchbook - I applied basics of graphic design to research the work of Katharine E Hamnett and to solidify my idea for the collection. I created pages focusing on the customer - the woman who would wear the collection and represent the slogan in a strong manner. I sketched and sketched and then edited my work down to four t-shirt designs.
Scroll down to see my final moodboard and collection!
The moodboard summarizes my thinking and the idea behind the slogan in strong visuals. The slogan highlights the right of women to be the decision makers when it comes to their bodies. The layered eyes/knees on the moodboard convey the determination of the t-shirt wearer; the body behind the photo in the front summarizes the idea of the female body in one image.
The final collection of four t-shirts is modern and clean. The fitted t-shirts hold the slogan - and lines of varying thicknesses - and highlight it through the balance of the design and negative space. The t-shirts can stand on their own - their message is clear. Yet, they are even more powerful together.
Working on this collection was an insightful experience. I learned tons about the history of slogan t-shirts, researched the power of political statements, and deepened my understanding of graphic design in fashion.
Czech fashion designer Blanka Matragi. Trained as a glass maker, she applies her knowledge to fabrics and patterns.
Well, this is a new adventure for me - I am designing a font!
In the Graphic Design for Fashion class that I am taking this semester, we are working on incorporating typography and elements of graphic design into fashion.
My latest project is to develop a font for Moschino. This brand, famous for their humorous attitude to fashion, is a lot of fun to research. I am 'hired' by Moschino to study their history and aesthetic and to design a new font to apply on three garments. This font will be used in a slogan made famous by Moschino - "It's all so simple."
My sketchbook pages below reveal a little bit about my process. I looked into typography used to date in Moschino designs and then created pages to convey the Moschino message of being fun and celebrating individuality. As I kept getting deeper into the topic, I realized that the slogan spells the word 'sass' in it. Oh, how perfect for the Moschino brand! At the moment, I am looking into incorporating the shape of lips into letters - this will go great with the sassy attitude of the Moschino girl.
Stay tuned for my progress and my final presentation!
While the fashion field is a field of creativity and innovation, it is also a field of precision and meticulous records. Many of my blogs give you an insight into the creative part - inspiration for a fashion collection, steps to create a collection, testing of ideas, sewing ... This one, however, will focus on the importance of correct information about designs and ideas.
When a collection is complete and all decisions are made (and there are many!), each garment is outlined in a style information sheet. This sheet gives all important data about the garment. The examples below are from my "Flying High" collection. Inspired by the history of women in aviation, I created a collection of mix-and-match garments. One of the items is a skirt with panels based on the shape of an airplane's propellers.
The style information sheet for this skirt has three pages. It gives the people working with the designer (e.g., fabric buyers, cutters, pattern makers, etc.) information that will allow for the garment to be sewn correctly. Without the sheet, this skirt may not look anything like my attention when sewn. The sheet has technical flats of the skirt, various color and fabric options, season, and measurements. Ultimately, information must be complete and presented in a clean and informative manner.
I enjoy putting style information sheets together as they help me solidify my ideas about all aspects of each garment. They ensure that all the creativity I put into my work is shared with the world exactly the way I wish.
I previously posted about the various moodboards I created for fashion collection for my classes at the Academy of Arts University. I very much enjoy communicating my design ideas and the collection's mood through this lovely tool.
Here is an example of a moodboard for a collection called Flying High. I was inspired by women in aviation and their contribution to the field. I researched the outfits women wore throughout history. I researched the important flights they made. I researched planes and their models. Once I got a grasp of the design direction for my collection, I got to assembling the moodboard to capture the collection's feeling.
The image below is the final moodboard. The photos lower are the original imagery I used to create this moodboard in Photoshop. You can see that the plane photo was altered when it comes to color and copied over and over. The image of the sky was darkened and sharpened, which gave it a more abstract feel. Lastly, I used a photograph of Amelia Earhart. I layered the photos and tested several ways to use transparency to give the moodboard depth and ambiance.
There are unlimited options when it comes to moodboard creation through Photoshop so I find it valuable to know what I want to communicated and to limit the number of images used. This way I can focus and end up with a moodboard that represents my fashion collection in the best possible way.
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