I wanted to share with you a couple of collections I have sketched. I realise they look a little amateurish, however, I wanted to practice by pulling together a couple of mood boards for inspiration and drawing a few garments. Hopefully, the more I sketch, sew and read up on fashion the more my skills and eye for design will improve.
The first section shown below is a men’s collection, aimed at men in their twenties and thirties, that I have designed taking inspiration from the military uniforms and accessories of the British and French armies of the early Twentieth century. I have taken the utility belts and bags issued to the service personnel at the time and included them as design features, as well as the medal ribbons, epaulettes and buckles. The collection includes designs for a formal overcoat based on the French Army’s trench coats, a jumper that incorporates the Sam Browne belt issued to British Army officers including a pocket in place of the holster, a woollen jacket that includes a soldier’s day sack on the reverse and a jumper that has a removable belt that has been inspired by the ammunition bandoliers carried by soldiers.
The second section of my portfolio has been inspired from reading about fashion through the decades of the Twentieth century with a collection based on some of the trends seen in the 1910’s, it is aimed at women in their twenties and thirties. The designs are inspired by the trend for Orientalism, which was inspired by the Ballet Russes performance of Scherazade at the Paris Opera. Its reimaging of Ottoman dress with bright colours, harem pants, minaret tunics and turbans was found to have a profound effect on fashion over the first four years of the decade. The most famous promoter of the Orientalism style was Paul Poiret but other designers such as Paquin and Callot Soeurs also embraced the style and it is these that have inspired some of the looks in my collection. During the war the couturiers offerings had to start to reflect the real world so their designs had to take on a more practical dimension through masculine tailoring, raised hemlines and skirt blouse combinations, conspicuous displays of luxury at this point were considered bad taste. The impractical narrow pre-war skirts were replaced with a wider and shorter style called the war crinoline which has also inspired a look in my collection.my designs