Wednesday, 6 March 2013

How my theme has evolved...

Throughout my blog I have research thoroughly the 1920s and Art Deco so I could enable myself to get a good and better understanding of my themes and what they consisted of. I researched several artists and designers for my themes to understand their thought processes to help inform my design work, sampling and final piece. 

For my context of practice design and practical work i had to chose a theme from the lectures and seminars to base my work upon. I chose an iconic fashion decade - the 1920s fashion and focus on the changing roles for women in the society and how the world war 1 influenced the fashions and how designers and artists interacted more within the decade and how they influenced it massively along with the art deco movement, which is what the styles of women's clothing was based upon to accentuate the femininity and make them stand out to show their more active roles.

Google images 25/10/12

I will also be researching the types of clothing in the 1920s, art deco, femininity, various films and music and focusing on certain actresses within the decade as inspiration.

I am aiming to use the 1920s fashion and combine it with the art deco movement for decoration and techniques and research how fashion changed and also the political research, which informed the fashion as the 1920 fashion was introduced after world war I.

Google images 25/10/12

Photography of final piece...

This is the photography of my final piece. I used the photography research as inspiration for colour changes, backgrounds and styling. The background and the colour of the photograph is antique as there wasn't a lot of colour photographs being produced in the 1920s. I think it shows both elements of my theme well and strong.


I have added some extra exhibition work as it helped inform some of my fabric samples due to the shapes used, the layouts and the placements.

Primary imagery.
November 2009, V&A, London.

I found the shape of the garments interesting and also the fabrics used.

I found the colours and fabrics interesting along with the garment shapes and also the style and techniques used.

I found the materials used interesting and the inspirations behind the clothing. Also the photography and styling of the garments.

I found the print interesting and the placement of it. It also helped inform the placement of my art deco paneling in the middle of my dress.


These are some images I have scanned in from my Marie Claire magazine, which highlights the 1920s and has given me ideas for how I can photograph my  final piece and include different backgrounds and show my themes well to enhance my final piece.

I really like the different colours used and how the images have been made to look old and dated as it it is still in the 1920s.

 I really like the styling used in this photography work and the effects used as the lighting on them fade and some aspects are smudged and blurred.

I really like the lighting used or manipulated on these images as they show the 1920s well. I also like the camera angles to show the different aspects of the garments.

I have used this image as inspiration for my design work and my final piece as the different looks and styles have helped me understand the 1920s and how it is seen to inform others.

Final piece...

This is my final piece, which I have created. I wanted to focus on just the front of my garment as it best displays my theme, colour palette, combined fabrics, ideas and techniques and also the shape of the garment to link to the 1920s and Art Deco, which is where the technical elements were involved. The technical elements were that the front of my dress was divided up into different panels with shaped appliques tassels and behind the tassels are pint tucked and pleated panels to represent the art deco aspect and also represent the 1920s, which I think it does. I think the front of this garment is very strong and represents my theme well. The colours combined together with the fabric qualities shows the history and the fashion within my theme - 1920s and I think it all compliments each other well. 

 Final Garment on a mannequin                                          Front art deco panel

Black tassels at the bottom of dress

Pattern pieces for my final piece...

Here I have taken images of the pattern construction for my final piece. I have taken pictures of the steps towards my final piece as I wanted to show how I have created it linking to my research and showing how it has informed my design work and final pattern work and garment.

These are my pattern pieces for the front of my dress.

 This is the starting point of my dress and
experimenting with the shapes and how to manipulate a dress block into my own design. I started off with the shape of the dress and then concentrated on the different elements such as the separate paneling in the middle of the dress, at the top ad then at the bottom. I then concentrated on the middle panel as there is paneling inside that, which shows the art deco aspect to my theme. Then I traced all the pattern pieces of separately and added seam allowance to all of them and labelled them all correctly.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Final design...

This is my final design, which I have created using my research on the other blog pages, boards, fabric samples and design developments. I wanted to experiment with the shapes and the different elements of the garment as the construction will consist of separate panels. I wanted to be more creative with blending colours together to show the art deco element to my theme and add different attachments to show the 1920s element to my theme as well as looking at the shape of my garment. I am only focusing on making the front of the garment as the main elements will be on the front and I want all the focus to be on the front not the back as the front will represent my research and my developed design work.

Image of final design...

As you can see, this design represents my research and findings and shows my developed designs and my research boards. It also shows that by developing each part of the garment has helped with my final design and being able to understand how to construct it and all the different elements needed.

Samples created to inform final design.

Design work and fabric samples...

These are the images of my design work, which I have created using all the research I have collected and read into as I found all the research from the 1920s very interesting, which helped a lot with my design work along with the images I have collected to do with the 1920s and also Art Deco. My design work represents my chosen theme well and also my research.

I have also created some fabric samples to inform my design work and give me ideas for my final piece and how I can manipulate them to fit into a garment to show both elements of my theme and also represent my research. The fabrics I have used is Silk and Cotton as these were the materials used in the 1920s. The colours are strong and they represent Art Deco as well as the 1920s due to the black and the gold being included as red and blue are strong colours and they were used a lot in art deco work as they are very strong and bold to make the work stand out.

This is a quick drawing I did to help with the silhouette of the garments and understand what the garments consisted of and how to create my own garment designs using this drawing as inspiration.

These are some of my designs. I have used all of my research and my boards to help with both the 1920s element and the art deco element due to the fact they consist of some structured elements and interesting shapes.

These are some more designs as I wanted to be more experimental and play around with layouts and the art deco element as I wanted to expend on the designs from the first page and try to manipulate them even more.

These are some more designs I have created and I have experimented more with both elements to my theme and I have focused on certain parts of the designs to expand on and draw more clearly to understand how they will be made and then constructed onto the garment itself.


These designs have been expanded on and show how I can use the structured art deco element to create unusual shapes and create different layouts and understand how I can use the same image/design to keep drawing form and manipulate it even more.

These designs have been inspired my boards and I have focused on the shaping and adding different elements to the garments to see how they would work with the fabrics, colours and shapes. I have also focused on certain elements.

All of these designs have been inspired by my boards and the fabrics I aim to use. The colours have also influenced my designs as they have helped with the placement and the layout of the attachments so I could experiment with them and keep them linking back to my research. Including the fabric samples helped with my design ideas as I was able to see how particular detailing was made.

Research boards...

These are the images of my research boards. I have completed my inspiration board, colour board, fabric board and shape and silhouette board. All of my boards show what i have been researching but what theme i have chosen and what it is about and what i am basing it on and all of my research areas and points to look at as guidance and inspiration for my design work, sampling and my final piece.

Inspiration board


This board is clear and shows my theme and intentions well as to the direction of my project. I also think the layout is strong and links to my chosen theme well.

Colour board

This board indicates my theme and the colours i will be using for my design work and final piece.

Fabric board

This is my fabric board and i link it is very clear as to what fabrics i will sample with and create my final piece with. They link to my theme well as these are the fabrics that were used on the garments in the 1920s. 

Shape and silhouette board

 This is my shape and silhouette board and it shows my theme and how i will link art deco into my design work and final garment. I also think the layout is strong.


Suffragettes were members of women’s suffrage (right to vote) movements in the late 19th and early 20th century in the United Kingdom and United States. It was a term for members of suffrage movements, whether radical or conservative, male or female. The women in the suffrage movement in the UK chained themselves to railings and set fires to mailboxes and the contents of the mailboxes. Many of the suffragettes were put in prison in the Holloway Prison in London, and were force-fed after going on a hunger strike.  Women in the UK were given the vote in 1918 if over 30 and meeting certain property qualifications, and in 1928 suffrage was extended to all women over the age of 21.

One woman, Emily Davison, died whilst trying to throw a suffragette banner over the King's horse on 5 June 1913. 18/1/13

In the US, women over 21 were first allowed to vote in Wyoming from 1869. The suffrage was extended to women across the United States in time for the 1920 presidential election. Women over 21 were allowed to vote in New Zealand from 1893, in Australia from 1894, and in Canada from 1919.
Suffragettes were mostly women from upper– and middle-class backgrounds, frustrated by their social and economic situation and not having their own freedom as women as men had all the freedom and could do what they wanted and when they wanted. This lead to mass groupes of women fighting to show their anger and their rights as women.

It is said that:
“A few historians feel that some of the suffragettes' actions actually damaged their cause. The argument was that women should not get the vote because they were too emotional and could not think as logically as men; their violent and aggressive actions were used as evidence in support of this argument.” 18/1/13 18/1/13

In November 1918, the Eligibility of Women Act was passed, allowing women to be elected into Parliament. The Representation of the People Act 1928 extended the voting to all women over the age of 21, granting women the vote on the same terms as men.

From what i have researched about Suffragettes, I think it was outrageous how men and the government saw women and how they were excluded from everything. I never really knew about the Suffragette movement and what happened but now I have thoroughly researched it I now understand what it is and how horrible it must have been for the women. I also think it is awful how the were treated and how they had to go to extreme lengths to get the vote for women. I now know and understand that it was these women that got the vote for us today and how they fought hard to get the vote and be seen to have equal rights as men.

18/1/13 13:50pm

The Ascent Of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement by Melanie Phillips (4 Nov 2004)
The Suffragettes: In Pictures by Diane Atkinson (16 Aug 2010)
Votes For Women: The Virago Book of Suffragettes by Joyce Marlow (6 Sep 2001)