Thursday, 31 March 2011

DESIGN THEORY

This module is all about the different elements of design such as shape, line, structure, form, pattern, symmetry etc. 

For one of the assignments we were required to produce a collection of 12 patterns/tiling designs, each created from elements cut from a regular polygon (take a square and a hexagon, cut them up into 4 or more unequal parts, colour them and rearrange them to make a repeat pattern "without gap or overlap").  The patterns also had to have an end use. I didn't want to be predictable and design patterns for a t-shirt/dress so I decided to create patterns for new seat covers on the London Underground trains, based on the London Olympic 2012 colour theme...








Thursday, 3 March 2011

ASOS ClassiKnits

For the design module this term we are looking at slow/sustainable fashion. We have to come up with our own approach to slow fashion and design a collection for a company of our choice.

As I'm specializing in knitwear, I decided to create a range of classic knitwear for a sub-brand of ASOS ( ASOS CLASSIKNITS).

I chose ASOS because I think they have the power to influence consumers that environmentally-friendly fashion is acceptable/cool. The consumers also trust the ASOS brand so they won't be afraid to buy something from a new collection.

The collection will include classic pieces such as a little black dress, a smart blazer jacket, a pencil skirt, a white shirt, a cardigan ETC... and will all be knitted from 100% British wool/cashmere, ethically and locally sourced (from Yorkshire - www.izzylane.com/ ). The knitwear will be extremely high quality and reinforced with E-leather trims (recycled leather - http://www.eleatherltd.com/) for added strength. I am also using reclaimed, vintage, leather buttons which I bought from Ebay for added interest and detail.

The idea is that these garments DO NOT follow trends BUT will always be in fashion, as they are classic designs which always look good, are comfortable, versatile and will last the wearer a life time therefore dramatically increasing the time in which the garment is destined for landfill and therefore decreasing environmental impact.

Below are the Customer Profile, Mood Board and Fabric Board which I created to inspire the design development of my collection (which I will be working on for the next 4 weeks). #
As you can imagine, the sheep received lots of attention.... hehe :)






All work © Julia Handley 3/3/11