Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Hello to anyone, I'm Coral Brookes :-)
I was born in England 18 years ago and i am currently waiting to start my first year at the Arts University in Bournemouth in which i will be doing a foundation course in Art & Design. I've always been inspired to start a fashion blog and to see where it might take me. I have a great passion for art and fashion and i want to show anyone who may come across my blog my personal look with great attention to detail of the clothing, and everything surrounding me at that moment. I really hope that i can start to have the courage to update often and hope that anyone out there will like what i post, i'd really appreciate it.

Thankyou for reading and taking the time to look at my blog!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

the Golden Age of couture - V&A Museum.

London Fashion Week presents the perfect timing for the launch of the latest highly-anticipated exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum. It looks at the development of bespoke clothing from 1947 - 1957, an era that Christian Dior coined "The Golden Age".

If you are a fashion fan then you will definitely appreciate seeing this exhibition in the flesh. You will see toiles, patterns, miniature mock ups of dresses and videos; it is a beautiful exhibition to see. There are three rooms, the first reveals the construction that went into each garment and the re-emergence of couture after the war. The second room showcases some of the fabulous fashion images by celebrated photographers like Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon and leads into a catwalk style exhibition of magnificent tailored pieces. The penultimate display is the showstopper, evening dresses by the dozen in silk, tulle, crepe that will make you 'oooh' and 'aaah'. You will definitely leave astounded at the craftsmanship that goes into each garment and wondering whether fast fashion a là Primark is really that much of a good idea.


After visiting the V&A it opened my eyes into the world of Fashion and the different types there are out in the world, such as Contempary Fashion, Fashion in motion, 20th,19th and 18th Century Fashion, The Golden Age of Couture, Weddings, Fashion drawing and illustration, Cultural Fashion and so much more. Its exquisite and offers knowledge to gain and be inspired by.
I was particularily inspired by the article I found and also saw in the exibition on designer Atsuko Kudo, which was a latex ballgown. Kudo is a fetish clothing designer, and like McQueen, he doesn't follow the rules of wearble fashion. The couture latex is beauifully created and the pattern placed on the dress is unique which exubes creativity and thoughtfullness.

embellished love


Embellishment is an absolute love of mine on clothing. Most of my wardrobe consists of embellished tops, shorts, skirts etc! I think beading on clothing makes it so much more elegant and beautiful considering wearing a top with no exuberance. Emebllishment just screams beauty! The detail of embellishment on clothing is naturally simplistic yet structured to create the perfect design, whether it be patterned or just simply placed to completely cover the garment. The Topshop shorts I have photographed is an example of a garment completely taken over by embellishment, which I think is thoroughly beautifully constructed.
Basing this post on a theme, I went with the tones of neutral and golds that are a wonderful epitome, they blend courageously together and many styles can be created by using exotic and darkly neutral shades.


savage beauty - inspiration. ALEXANDRE MCQUEEN

"Alexandre McQueen shows are known for their emotional power and raw energy, as well as the romantic but determinedly contemporary nature of the collections." - "McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, fluidity and severity." - "An openly emotional and even passionate viewpoint is realised with a profound respect and influence for the arts and crafts tradition. Alexander's collections combine an in-depth working knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing. "


I absolutely adore Alexandre McQueen's collections, along with Sarah Burton's design collections along side him and the take over after his tragic death. His work is soulful, elegant, it magnifies a sense of opulence and richness that is only found in these aesthetical couture pieces of fashion. As much as I love high fashion, what draws me to McQueen is that he makes his fashion more aesthetical rather than wearable - to showcase his designs. It isn't about wearing the pieces on an elegant evening out, it's about showcasing his creativity and imagination to reveal something beautifully outstanding and remarkable to a persons aesthetic eye, and this is what hones in on my aesthetic eye.

McQueen work constitutes designs of an artist whose medium is expressed through fashion - said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As the college 'Savage Beauty' was showcased there. Like myself, when doing my Fine Art A-Level, I have expressed my artistic ways through mixed media of different mediums and I think I have found my medium which is through fashion. I feel it is through fashion because I am so powerfully inspired by McQueens work that I look at it and think 'this is something I know I can create'. Deep down I know I have the ability to develop skills and artistically grow to create beautiful pieces of fashion that aren't seen today. I want to create aesthetic pieces to showcase, not to wear, because that's where I feel my most outstanding work will come from. Therefore I plan to develop my skills by hoping to get accepted into a fashion course at University.
When I look at these close ups of the texture, colour and design of his couture I am in awe at the beauty of them. The way the silver metal design cascades up towards the models face, or the way texture has been created on the nude corsage - almost in style of historical curtains or rugs. Time has been passed through fashion and in contempary fashion, elements of history is showcased on the garments. For example, the photograph above of the moscaic canopy created as a dress is magnificently creative! How one can have an idea to create such a beautiful thing out of mosaic plates, almost as if they have been smashed up to create texture and structure, is inspiring and shows dedication to have ambitions of showing elements of history and savage beauty.  

From a Vogue UK magazine, I found an article about Sarah Burton and her new 2012 Collection. I ink dyed and french polished the page of a certain dress published to create a more 'savage' and 'decay' to such a beautiful dress. I wanted to experiment and do this because McQueen is known for recurring themes and concepts which begin with 'The Romantic Mind' and we examine his subversion of structured, traditional tailoring and dress making through the deconstruction displacement that he emphasises through his work. The term 'Romantic Gothic' and 'Earthly Darkness' I believe highlights McQueens approach to Fashion. It also illuminates his engagement with Romantic literary traditions such as death, decay, and darkness. Further galleries feature the themes Romantic Naturalism, Romantic Primitivism, and Romantic Exoticism, as well as a Cabinet of Curiosities.  From my previously posted 'Neo-Romanticism' extract, McQueen also captures that through his structure, texture, colours and ways of creating savage romanticism in Fashion.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

jewelled epitome



My recent purchase has been these Topshop gold embellished hotpants, and are currently my favourite fashion piece in my wardrobe at the minute! I am madly in love with the colour gold and the kind of jewelled glamour that emanates from embellished pieces of clothing. I wanted to pair them up with a tee to make them the pure focus of the outfit and so wore a washed out white one with a V-neckline to make it feminine.
Many designers have established their designs more with the concept of precious jewels, glass and crystals on their fashion runway shows which have travelled down to pieces into the highstreet fashion. The idea of embellishment on clothing brings glamour, opulence, and elegance to a person's style and has a beautiful element to it.  

neo romantics

Graham Sutherland OM - Black Landscape
Tate Modern Gallery, London.

As I was researching different themes of fashion I came across a piece in Vogues Italia 2009 'Neo Romantics', featuring model Abbey Lee Kershaw. This edition really captured my eye as the clothing is strangely macabre yet beautiful - a romantic death. The term Neo Romanticism is used in a variety of movements covered in either music, painting or architecture. It has been used in the late 19th Century & early 20th Century. It is considered in opposition to naturalism. As I feel in natural art, it stresses external observation, whereas in neo-romantic, it reveals more of an emotion and internal observation. The artists who capture this emotion tend to draw on their inspirations such as artists of the age of high romanticism and from a sense of place- such as dramatic landscapes. And so they turn the 'ugly' modern world of machines, cities and landscapes to a more natural simplicity, longing for perfect love, utopian landscapes, nature reclaiming ruins, romantic death, and history-in-landscape.
From the editoral fashion piece on Abbey Lee, the clothing that has been styled for this theme I feel, captures the essence of neo-romanticsm. As in the first image, the lining and contour of the dress shows deffinition and detail. As stated before, landcapes and historical ruins are an essence of neo-romanticism and when looking at Graham Sutherland OM 'black landscape' piece of art work, the lining and detail captured in the art is also captured in the clothing creating a landscape feel. As well as this, the gold jewelled encrusted bodysuit is absolutely to die for!  This is a piece by Alexandre McQueen, exotic and classical and I want it badly!  I also posted an image of the women's pre spring/summer 2012, the dresses portrayed are like the jewelled bodysuit, exotic yet classical and I feel fit in perfectly with the theme of 'Neo-Romanticism'. From the outlining definition for materials either pleated, frayed or patterned, to the encrusted jewelled pieces all offer a sombre yet brightly exotic colour scheme to create a darkly romantic feel.  

Sunday, 8 January 2012


In each photo I find a sort of delicacy and subtle tone which inspires me to find this in clothing, jewellery and natural atmospheres. I seem to have a theme of grunge yet simplicity, which I currently love by emphasising this through fashion and  makeup. The high contrast of black and white through shapes and texture shows depth and either with fashion stilettos, statement jewellery or a printed clothing, there is a sense of this in each photograph which I love!