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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!