Christmas is coming! For me, that means there are only FOUR WEEKS left till I (hopefully) graduate, and, less terrifyingly, it means the Christmas fair at Eamoda. Every six months there is a student fair in the school, and for the Christmas fair we make another outfit based on our catwalk show theme. It would usually involve reinterpreting the theme to design some more saleable clothes, but as our show was already supposed to be casual wear this time round it just meant making more of the same.
So, my outfit. Nothing too adventurous – a shell top and some chiffon shorts with an elasticated belt made from a leftover bit of lasercut pleather (the lasercutting man cut two of the same sleeve – durrr).
We also made all the accessories for the show – I made this bracelet in the heat press using some PVC jewellery-making stuff called brillopal, heat transfer foil, and some little metal birds given to me by my awesome jeweller friend Jennie, the genius behind Á la Pop. Thanks Jennie!
Remember the installment of Fashion Barometer Friday on shell tops? Gosh, that seems like a long time ago (it was, in fact – 2011!). Well, now you can’t move without tripping over about a hundred of them, right? I wonder what new style of top will replace them: a little barometer Isabel tells me that spaghetti straps are back. What have I done to deserve this? A plague on all our houses.
You may have noticed a new Twitter feed wotsit on the sidebar – I am now tweeting about works in progress and random photos of my life in Buenos Aires at @abigailwilki – come and say hello!
Posted by abinadressmaker on November 18, 2013
They’re here! Catwalk show photos, hot and fresh out the kitchen.
Hurrah! In that second one you can see a bit of poor print-matching going on in the groin area – oops. You probably shouldn’t be staring at her groin anyway, perves.
My class’s theme this year was Fauna Metálica. I lost out a bit on the metallic front as I drew a number close to the beginning of the show and we were supposed to show a gradation in metallicness, which is a shame, because I do like everything to be SPARKLY. Just call me Pat Butcher. I made that joke once already, oh well. The jumpsuit is printed using sublimation heat transfer inks with my own design based on a Tegu – a kind of Argentine lizard. Apparently they make really affectionate pets. If you like having a massive lizard sit on your lap while you’re watching TV, that is. And the jacket is a delightful little laser-cut pleather number. Laser cut fabric smells really weird, by the way, despite it being HUGE on the Fashion Barometer right now. Pity those poor supermodels having to wear clothes that smell like burning tyres.
If you are interested in seeing the rest of my school’s work, do cast an eye over the video. The Fauna Metálica show begins at 5:47 where you can see my teacher, Sole, introducing the theme. HOLA SOLE! (Pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog).
And for your amusement, a photo of one of the models entertaining us backstage with her rendition of Adele over the tannoy. She also threw some Whitney in there for good measure.
Posted by abinadressmaker on November 14, 2013
While waiting for a copy of the photos of my most recent catwalk show, I realised that I’d never posted photos of last year’s show! What an oversight. The theme last year was Dulce Pop (a strange cross-pollination of dulce de leche and Pop Art), for which I made a print jacket based on a sketch I did of an alfajor, dulce-de-leche print leggings, a tank top using fabric manipulation techniques (detail here), and shorts. Last year’s show was great, but I’m even prouder of the work my class did this year. It’s very rewarding to be able to see some tangible progress when you’ve been working hard at something.
This is another project I’ve been working on – my wedding dress, again! Yep, we finally did the legal bit, nine months after the party (and, more to the point, it took me nine months to hem my dress. Nine months!). I am now officially a wife, whatever that means. I won’t bombard you with photos again but suffice it to say we all had a very lovely time. Related: always be careful getting out of a jacuzzi after drinking champagne. Just because.
[catwalk photos via Eamoda]
Posted by abinadressmaker on October 13, 2013
This year’s catwalk outfit is done! Now we just have to wait till the 22nd to see the Eamoda show at the Designers Look Buenos Aires fashion week at the Tattersall hotel. The standard of design for the show is extremely high this year, at least from the glimpses I got when I went to hand in my work earlier. Lots of unique prints and screenprinting effects. I am also relieved because the rumour that my classmates had chosen that massively overexposed Daft Punk single for our show turned out to be false. Phew! The music for these things is so important… in fact, last year’s choice of Maroon 5 reignited my schoolgirl crush on Adam Levine. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.
I would love to post some pictures of my design but my poor camera skills wouldn’t do it justice! Hopefully we’ll get the professional photos soon, and until then here’s a preview.
Yep, I persist in sewing leather even though it buggered up my machine to the tune of 100 quid. It was worth it though. In fact I might just sew some more leather now… and decide what I’m going to wear to the show. I bought some aymayzing second-hand sequined trousers recently at the Centenario, but they are so delicate (silk!) I’d have to be carried in on a litter. I wonder if that could be arranged.
Posted by abinadressmaker on September 14, 2013
Spring = sorbet!
Hello bloggingtons! It’s been a long hibernation but spring is sprunging all over the place in Buenos Aires and I’m feeling a bit more invigorated.
Not to say I haven’t been busy – in fact, I completed my favourite project of my degree so far: we were asked to come up with a collection that we could pitch to a local brand (I chose Maria Cher) that is in line with our “design DNA”. I really love their classic shapes and the way they manage to use embellishments without going too twee or girly.
My collection was named Marchmain House (after the London house in Brideshead). We worked on the photoshoot with fashion production and photography students from my school, Eamoda. It was lots of fun, if quite stressful with everyone running around, shouting and flinging clothes everywhere.
For my jacket, I designed a screenprint based on the Chrysler Building, only to realise that an embroidery design in Maria Cher’s A/W collection was based on the same building. Sometimes the Fashion Barometer creeps me out.
We also had a video made of the backstage production, which manages to make the whole process look much more glamorous than it actually was. My outfit appears very briefly as all the models had knocked off by then and a fellow student had to model for me.
Teatowel, print by Isabel Wilkinson
Issy came to visit me in August and brought me some handprinted fabric she’s been making. She even helped me do my homework a couple of times (shhhh!) and I can’t bloody wait till we live closer together and can do some Really Serious Collabs.
Last year’s catwalk show (my design appears at 05:40)
Preparations are well underway for this year’s catwalk show with the theme Metallic Fauna. As if I needed encouragement to get even more Pat Butcher! As always, the research period means excessive use of Pinterest – you can see my inspiration board here. This week I’ll be laser cutting leather and printing the fabric for my final design. Oh, and I finished the shirts. Sweet release! Am trying to get some professional photos of them in action – let’s see how long this springvigoration lasts!
Posted by abinadressmaker on September 2, 2013