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WARRIOR WOMEN

'How we exist in our day-to-day environment is often dictated by the clothes we wear.
Our urban armour steels our nerves and empowers us to be who we want to be, from warrior princess to haunting beauty'.











'Designers become anthropologists, delving into our primal past to empower and enthral fashion's modern urban dwellers'.
Photographed by Nicole Bently
Editorial from Vogue Australia June 2010

Colour Palette Investigation

Intensifying the colours inspired by the Hmong dress and textile art.
Colours that inspire, POP, evoke emotion with a hint of the Hmong inspiration.
Fun, Funky, Sexy day/streetwear women's collection.
Denim, Cotton, Rayon, Jersey, structured polyesters to pleat.
Bleached denims, structured pleats, heavily embellished and textured neck/collar features, prints of pleats, funky shibori dyeing, lazer cut work, funky perspex accessories.

The Mad Tea Party Frock

So my friend Anna http://dotdotdotwithenvy.blogspot.com/ and I came across this competition a few weeks ago 'Art U Wear' sponsored
The theme: 'Alice in Wonderland'
The theme was perfect for Anna as her final collection is inspired by the children's fairytale 'Through the Looking Glass'.
As for me...well I just love 'Alice in Wonderland' especially the new Tim Burton take on it. I have always tried to enter things I create into competitions. It is always good experience and exposure plus it is something fun to do and the prizes are always good ;-) It is also very rewarding to have your designs seen and recognised. So I immediately starting to think of the dress I made last year for womenswear and how I could add to it and interpret it as 'Alice in Wonderland' inspired. I really didn't have the time to make gloves, mini top hat fascinator and skivvy but did it anyway. It was fun to do and really happy with how it turned out. My friend Eleisha modelled it for me in the perfect setting of my friends beautiful garden.

Eleisha in 'Wonderland'


Now fingers crossed
I could really do with $3000 to help pay for my collection

My Tea Cosy!



'HeartTEA'
So after blogging about Loani Prior's tea cosies I remembered my tea cosy that I made for the 2008 Morpeth Tea Cosy challenge. Just for something fun to do I used some of the felt I made in my surface form class for uni to make it. I entered it in the soft fabric category and ended up coming third :-)

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

‘Portraits of a tea cosy is a tribute to all those who make and give tea cosies to their loved ones, and to those who receive and revere them.’
Self-described ‘funny knitter’ Loani Prior

'Tea cosies are funny even when they are not mean to be funny
And tea POTS are very accommodating. They will not bemoan your handmade gift. They will not worry about the colour suiting their complexion, or that it doesn't quite fit. There will be no prissiness about scratchy wool. They will not say 'how lovely' and then hide it at the back of the cupboard somewhere.
Make a teapot smile. Knit a cosy.'

Queen of the Tea Cosies Loani Prior
Quote from her book 'Really wild tea cosies'

This was a small display at the Powerhouse Museum showing a sample of these wild sculptural tea cosies. They are crazy artworks in themselves. Mum and I just had to buy the book to try out some of her patterns ourselves. They will most likely become Christmas presents for everyone :-)
Check out Loani Prior's blog http://www.grandpurlbaa.com/

Some of my faves


Roger Rampant

Modern Primitive

The Jester

FROCK STARS Inside Australian Fashion Week

Fashion week says to the world that Australia is able to compete in the most image led, sophisticated cultural market in the world, which is ready-to-wear fashion.’
Simon P Lock, founder of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week

About the Exhibition
'The exhibition Frock stars takes you behind the scenes to Australian Fashion Week. Experience the shows, the set and the scene. Relax in the VIP lounge, watch footage from past and present collections, see some of the best outfits from the past 15 years, plus exclusive interviews with designers, models and industry insiders!

From backstage to front row, Frock stars takes a look at the complex organisation behind the staging of this major event and the roles and experiences of selected people working inside Australian Fashion Week; from buyers, media and models to designers, volunteers and producers. Explore the creative process of putting together a collection, in a recreation of the studio of fashion designer Nicola Finetti.

A centrepiece in the exhibition is a catwalk showcasing fifteen key Australian Fashion Week outfits drawn from the first shows from 1996 to the present.

Australian Fashion Week was established in 1996 by PR and marketing consultant Simon P Lock and his business Australian Fashion Innovators, with the ambitious plan of placing Sydney on the global fashion map. The event was acquired by IMG Fashion in 2005 and is now recognised globally as the 5th stop on the international fashion week circuit alongside London, Paris, Milan and New York.


Now in its 15th year, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is an annual presentation of spring/summer collection shows by established and emerging designers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific. The event showcases a range of garments and styles for men and women: swimwear, resortwear, streetwear, eveningwear and accessories.

Fashion Week’s main focus is to sell clothes – to both domestic and overseas markets. Each year the event also puts the industry firmly in the media spotlight and provides a launch pad for emerging designers.'
http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/frockstars/about.php

This was also an amazing exhibition showcasing Australian Fashion Week from the catwalk through to the history of AFW, front row VIP, behind the scenes and a glimpse of inside the design studio of Nicola Finetti. This is definitely an exhibition worth seeing!
Images sourced from http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/frockstars/index.php

THE 80'S ARE BACK!!!

The Powerhouse Museum has some really good exhibitions at the moment including The 80's are Back, Frock Stars, Student Fashion and Portraits of a Tea Cosy. I had a day in the city today with Mum visiting some fabric stores and then headed to the Powerhouse. All the exhibitions were amazing and too much to put in 1 blog entry so I shall blog about them all :-)

Sparked by a combination of nostalgia, curiosity and the thrill of the taboo, the 80s revival just keeps getting bigger as a new generation looks to the decade for inspiration.
But what were the 80s really like? Were they one just one big party and an awful lot of big hair? Or was there a lot more going on? And what did the decade mean for Australia as the ‘land down under’ took its place on the international stage? This exhibition takes you back to the music, the fashion, the parties, the politics and the people to find out…


I would have to say that it was one of the best exhibitions I have been to. The way it was all set up was really cool and really took you back to life in the 80's with the big hair, PAC MAN, Rubik's cube, old school computers and game boys, sony Walkmans 'Girls just want to have fun', cabbage patch dolls....the list goes on.

I can't even begin to fully describe the exhibition. There was just too much so you are all just going to have go and see it for yourselves.

Disco room


Interactive electronic Rubik's Cube

Costumes worn by Australian band "The Presets", whose music is influenced by the sounds of the 80s

WARRIOR WOMENColour Palette InvestigationHmong textile art/costume/jewelleryViktor & Rolf - Cutting Edge CoutureJust some ideasThe Mad Tea Party FrockMy Tea Cosy!Portraits of a Tea CosyFROCK STARS Inside Australian Fashion WeekTHE 80'S ARE BACK!!!

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