Thursday, May 15, 2014

My very own collection

Hello once again after a long absence. Feels like I've finally crawled out of that very particular hole called "my diploma".
I handed in my final portfolio and my finished outfits barely two weeks ago and next week the final fashion show and presentation will take place. I really can't believe it's already been three years of fashion school and now it's over.
But oh well, I've been beyond ready to be done with it during those last extremely stressful weeks and months and am now looking forward to new projects and finally having some time to relax!
I have fabric at the ready for three new historic costuming projects and I still have to finish that rococo gown, I'm very excited to get working on those!

On here, I'll probably talk about my diploma/collection for a while.
I might do a layout overhaul matching my newly designed logo and overall look (I used serinde as my label for my collection).

But for now, in case you're interested,  have a little preview!
You can go look at my lookbook and my online portfolio and here's a little excerpt from my portfolio about my collection:
An outfit from [se•rin•de] is made for a big entrance. With elements referencing fashion history and theatrical costumes it is directed at women who want to embrace theatricality and make the world their stage. Every piece is handcrafted and will put its wearer in the spotlight.
Don’t be afraid to take center stage - revel in it. You’re the leading lady!

The “Method in Madness” collection is inspired by Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. It draws influences from Elizabethan fashion - Shakespeare’s era -, features quotes and reflects motives from the play. Ophelia’s naïveté and innocence are juxtaposed against Queen Getrude’s fierceness. Hamlet’s madness stands opposite Horatio’s reason.
The clothes have certain restrictive elements but are combined with translucent layers that reveal a glimpse underneath the facade, just like the characters in the play are trapped - be it by society, by madness or guilt - but still reveal their innermost workings to us.
There is big, exaggerated volume and glamour, to distance oneself from the outside and dazzle, opposite revealing tightness, that leaves no room for interpretation just like the characters put up a front but can’t keep it up.
This results in a look that gives the wearer a regal posture, while still being feminine with a certain vulnerability.
I'm extremely proud of the work I've done on this. I did make it into top 20 in my class and my collection will therefor be shown in a second fashion show in front of "VIP" guests. I hope you guys like it too.

On a related note: 
Even though most of them won't read this, I want to thank all the people who helped me and put up with me during this stressful time.  My friends, my family - I love you all a lot and you have all contributed to this collection in some way.
Special thanks go to my gorgeous friend and co-worker Mirja for modelling, the lovely Lisa Licht for the beautiful photography (go check her out at Lichtgemachtes) and my wonderfully talented make-up artist friend Sybille for hair and make-up.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A very fancy diver's suit?

I promised you more work in progress stuff, so here we go!

This was a project done for last years final fashion show at ESMOD Munich. I didn't choose the fabric and for the design I got a picture of a rag & bone jacket as a base. The focus of the assignment was getting a presentable product in a super short time (in my opinion they just realized they needed some more stuff for the show on short notice :P). I do still really like the outcome.

The fabric we used was neopren, which isn't hard to work with but really weird and squishy

Finished jacked from the front...

... and the back

Top stitching detail and tulle shoulder insert

Tulle insert at the elbow

A look inside!

And here's the jacket being worn at the fashion show

This jacket certainly isn't the most well made thing I've ever produced but it had to be put together in roughly a day. I think it looks really cool on the runway!

P.S.: I just noticed between this post and the last there's a lot of pink on here! :D

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lingerie

So I have decided that I need to write a post before it's a year since my last one ;)
Commence the part where I make excuses about how I have no time!
Joking aside, I am now in my senior year of fashion school on my way to my diploma collection and I work two jobs (the retail job I have had for a while and I was asked to direct a musical at my old school), so I'm busy busy busy!

Ages ago (in May I think) we did a lingerie project and as you know I looooove corsetry, so I included that in my design. Since I had a lot of fun with this project I was extremely good about taking work in progress pictures, but I never posted them. So here you go, finally.

 Design illustration

Starting the pattern (also featured: life elixir also known as coffee)

Test bra in beautiful red and white

Cutting out the fabric

So much piping...

Woven sidepanels...

... and done!

Low point in the construction of the showpiece

Showpiece construction done!

Why are there so many pieces...?

Almost done!

 Woohoo!

This thing was seriously fun to make!
It's kinda sad that it now sits in my wardrobe unused... but it's really not all that wearable.
I have a couple other similar work in progress things to post, so stay tuned for that (hopefully in under 10 months...)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Work in progress

I usually don't get around to post a lot of pictures during the making of my projects. But I am determined to do so with this one!
First, a small introduction.
My mother is getting remarried in March. At first it was supposed to be a really small event, so she didn't even want anything particularly special to wear. But then, as seems to be the norm with these things, the plans became bigger and I immediately said I wanted to make her dress.
The dress we are working on is by no means the kind of gown like wedding dress, but instead more of a cocktail dress. She chose a very simple almost 50s style silhouette, but there's going to be an embellished belt.
Our first idea for the top part was this


The idea was taken from a design from the current Andrew GN collection and I really like the look, but as a I suspected, it doesn't look quite as nice on a normal person, as it does on a model. As soon as you put someone with curves into this, the folds at the front start to gape and the look is lost. So we scrapped that and went to an even simpler design


This is the look we are going to go with. A simple top with 3/4 sleeves, a small collar and princess seams and a wide skirt with box pleats. My mum has yet to try this muslin on, but it should hopefully fit her (I made the pattern especially for her with her measurements) and I can start on the dress proper.
Speaking of...


This is the fabric we bought. It's a really lovely wool georgette on the left and on the right is the lining. The colours aren't spot on, off-white is reeeeally heard to photograph ;)

That's my progress so far.
Next up: hoping the muslin fits...

Friday, January 18, 2013

KITTENS!

One of my best friends got two kittens a little while back. Their names are Finn and Bonnie.


All together now: AWWWWWWW!

As I love cats, but can't have my own in our flat, I am now officially their godmother. So it was only right to make them a little welcome gift:


I used some fabric scraps I had left over and sewed a couple of little mice. The ultimate gimmick: I put one of those little balls with a bell inside into each of the mice. So now when you play with them, they jingle! So much fun for little kittens!

They've grown quite a bit already by now but are still very cute


I feel like it might be time for another present from their godmother. Something furry this time I think, they seem to love that!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Love Champagne

I actually don't love champagne. But I made a couple of tulle dresses for an event of that name! :)
The male model Papis Loveday is now selling his own brand of champagne and one of my teachers was involved in organizing its launch party.
They still needed two tulle gowns for said party and she approached me to make them. It was a pretty straightforward project, but I had to make them during a really busy time, so it was all very stressful. It was pretty cool though to see the dresses in use at the party!

The party was held at a store and they did a window live show. Very awesome!

I made the pink dress...

... and the green dress

The girls with Papis in his window show outfit (the girls were VERY duckface-prone...)

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And me with Papis! Yay for pictures with famous people! ;)

I actually should have a picture with me and the two girls somewhere, but I can't seem to find it. Too bad. After all, after taking that picture I was basically covered in glitter because the girls were wearing glitter body makeup... Oh well, if I find it, I'll show you at a later date!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All the excuses

So, first of all: I'm still alive. Which might be hard to believe, seeing as I last posted in October (!).
The second year of fashion school has kept me super busy and the little free time I have I like to use to do absolutely nothing ;) I'll try to do better with the blogging from now on (but isn't that what I always say...)
For now, have a couple pictures of a very old project:


Super simple cut, just a slightly gathered sleeveless top and a circle skirt. The waistband is scalloped, but unfortunately I don't have a good picture of that.


This dress shows my obsession with piping once again ;) It's just so pretty!


It's also really good for time travel.