Rashad Alakbarov..

December 20, 2012

Rashad Alakbarov uses shadows and light to create pieces of artwork.
His pieces often look like a random collection of items, but then a picture is revealed in the shadow.
The items he uses often look like junk and are recycled.
I love the piece which is created with coloured plastic..

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Beauty and Dance..

November 26, 2012

I have just been to see the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Nutcracker.

It was really beautiful, however I was amazed at how much detail went into a lot of the costumes.

The costumes and set used were the original pieces from the fifties, when Balanchine choreographed the show. The costumes were all designed by Karinska. She collaborated with Balanchine for the majority of his ballets and from this she became an innovator and created new, more practical ways of making tutus. Through a different method of layering fabric, she created tutu’s which didn’t ripple or bunch up. This has now become the standard way in which tutu’s are made.

Karinska’s costumes are truly beautiful. However, as an audience member, I feel like there would be so much more detail and embellishment if I were to see one of her garments up close. She once said that the detail wasn’t just there for the audience, it was to make the dancers look beautiful too..

Anna Sui

November 10, 2012

So, I know it’s been too long since I last posted. I’ve been really busy and have recently moved to New York. I’m currently doing an internship at Anna Sui. It’s a bit of a big step for me, moving to another country and seeing how the fashion industry really works, but I’ve learnt a lot of really interesting things.


The Anna Sui Offices

Before I began working at Anna Sui, I had never really known much about Anna’s fashion. I had heard of her of course, but all I knew was that she used a lot of print and made somewhat cutesy dresses. However the more I look at her clothes, the more I admire her designs.

Anna Sui’s first collection was released in 1991. She has won a range of awards and has shops all over the world. Her shows often feature top models and she has various collaborations with companies such as Anthropologie, Target and Coach.


Look from Spring 2013

Anna Sui’s designs are often inspired by a mix of romanticism and punk, as well as a lot of vintage, history and art. It seems like a random combination, yet the way Anna does it seems to work. While I don’t think you can see strong influences in every design, when you watch a collection on the catwalk, you can definitely see both of these influences running throughout meshed together with floral prints. I was actually lucky enough to get to watch the Spring 2013 fashion show live and work with the collection before and after the show. I was amazed at how the garments looked dynamic on the catwalk, yet were very wearable for day-to-day life. I think it is this combination which has kept Anna Sui’s such strong fan base..


Famous Owl Hat from Fall 2012

Forties Inspired Prints

‘I love history. I love art. I like to mix it all together, but in the end it somehow has to all make sense.’ – Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Illustrator Julie Verhoeven has worked for many magazines like Dazed and Confused and has created a series of Christmas cards for Topshop.
She is sought after by many designers and has collaborated with Versace, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton among others, creating prints for garments.
I like the mix of lines and ink in her work and the busy collages she creates..

Julie Verhoeven


Collaboration With Mulberry


Topshop Christmas Card


Collaboration With Versace


Cut and Stick…

March 3, 2012


Sibling Hate – The Globe and Mail

 Michelle Thompson uses collage to create her pieces and has featured in a lot of different publications.
Her work is often based on quite strong themes and sometimes quite serious issues.
I like how some of the pictures have quite a vintage, more innocent look, yet the overall pieces seem to have a more edgy style to them..

Michelle Thompson


Paris – Metropolitan Magazine


Nature/Nurture – New Scientist – Orchid Children


WI – HUB Magazine

Monsieur Qui is a french fashion illustrator and graffiti/street artist.
He uses strong lines, with fainter shades.
I love the way he mixes the mediums he uses within his work and the strong outlines and contrasts in his street work..

In Wonderland…

February 10, 2012

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was released in 2010. I went to see it at the cinema, however every time I have watched it since I have still been blown away by the costumes in it.
These costumes are so creative and really suit the style of the film.
Colleen Atwood won an Oscar for best costumes for her extravagant designs.
Atwood has won many awards for her contribution to films. Among others she designed the iconic costume for Edward Scissorhands, as well as designing the outfits for the girls in Chicago.
Nevertheless, I think the costumes in Alice in Wonderland really exhibit her creative talent..

‘Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.’ – Colleen Atwood