The holiday season is finally upon us - work (the 9 to 5, pay-my-bills version) has finished, shopping is almost complete and my heartbeat is starting to slow down to a normal rate once again! I've not been around the blogosphere a lot recently and for this I apologise. I won't annoy you with the various reasons for my absence as I'm pretty sure most of you will be in the same boat with the run up to Christmas. I have poked my head in a few blogs over the past couple of weeks, and have been suitably inspired by your wonderfully creative discoveries.
Competition time is here once again with the brilliant e-zine and blog fashion156. It is a competition for designers/young labels/graduates, which will see the winning pair (one menswear and one womenswear) of designers' garments stocked in the uber-trendy Shoreditch boutique Start instore and online in March 2009. Regular readers will know that I entered last year, however much to my embarrassment I only caught the competition in the last few days before submission. I literally had a couple of nights to haul together some inspiration and sketch some ideas. Someone was obviously looking down on me as I was lucky enough to reach the final 8, which resulted in me making this dress (here and here also). This year I have a whole month - submissions are due 31st January - and I am torn between ideas. I obviously work better under pressure because if I have the time to mull over things in my head, I begin to ponder, doubt, over-analyse and generally become rather self-deprecating. Anyways, this is not supposed to be a sob story, I wanted to share with you some ideas and get some opinions in return (whether this is wise or not I am unsure - the judges could be reading this, fellow contestants/designers could be reading this?!).
I have chosen the theme of the Samurai. I went to the V&A last weekend and was instantly drawn to the intricate armour and coloured prints used to adorn the bodies of the ancient warriors. I am torn between two ideas - designing my own fabric and getting it printed, creating a simple silhouette on a complex printed fabric (reminiscent of the work of Mary Katrantzou and Ostwald Helgason BOTH OF WHICH YOU NEED YOU CHECK OUT - amazing designers) or creating a complex panelled and draped dress which would require more work at the construction stage, yet may ultimately be more original. Below is my moodboard as it stands at the moment, and like I said I would love some feedback from you, my valued readers!