I went through and found some of my old fashion design work (¬_¬)
It’s crazy how much someone’s style can change. This work is three years old and I’ve gone through some of my old fashion illustration sketchbooks and it’s definitely retrospective.
And good news! The career fair really was successful after all! I’ll be doing freelance work for one company and another has me as a potential candidate as an assistant designer (and fashion is only my minor)!
For most of the day yesterday, I participated in the Abercrombie & Fitch Fashion Showdown with my lovely friends, Kat and Naomi! It was a great experience and what made it even better was that we were in it to just have fun.
Everyone had to work in teams of three and when we arrived, every team was given a box of materials to work with, including a “wild card item” and this year it was bubble wrap. The rules consisted of us having to work with the materials we had, the bubble wrap had to be utilized, and also include a final illustration that conveyed our finished product. We also had from about 12:30PM to 5:45PM so along with creating an outfit, we were challenged to finish it within a time frame.
Our focus of our outfit was that we wanted it to be wearable and use the bubble wrap in a way that wasn’t generic and we decided to create a lace applique effect with it. We really wanted to demonstrate that we didn’t just use the wild card item as an after thought and show that we tried to really think of way to incorporate it into something wearable, but also make it fluid and presentable. We even made our own trim that we used in the waistband. What made it even more fun is the hair clip that Naomi and Kat made while I drew the illustration (they only gave us a pencil to draw with ( ﾟдﾟ) )!
While we didn’t win, it was exciting to have people who both participated in the competition and also came to the reception tell us that they loved our dress, would wear it, and fully felt that we should have placed. Simply hearing from others how much they loved our creation was better than winning and it was fun to have another creative outlet and be challenged. If anything, if there was a People’s Choice award, I’m sure we were guaranteed to win then. It was an adrenaline rush to have so many people tell us that our product was their favorite out of twenty one teams.
To think of all the things one could create with bubble wrap! It was really interesting to see how other people solved that obstacle as well. I’m proud of what we created and I think it would be fun to just start making hair accessories with these girls!
I dug up these two gems from back when I was a fashion design major. Even though these are over a year old, I still really like them and it reflects my design aesthetic from that time period. I looked at science a lot when it came to design, this collection revolving around anatomy and I had another that used organometallic chemistry as inspiration.
You can even see how my drawing style has evolved! Plus, these pieces are from the class that inspired my change from fashion to illustration. Maybe I’ll look through some of my other old projects and post them, though most of my professors still have them for documentation.