The next step in developing my style report is to look at Design Mentors, designers who share a similar aesthetic and inspire my own work, who are already established within my field of practice. I begin my research by narrowing down my design focus. So far during the process of my research, after receiving and following up feedback and suggestions, I have changed my area of focus three times in order to better pinpoint my specialisation. Despite my fascination with tailoring and deconstruction, the result was a design focus not listed in my initial guidelines (which explained and dealt with a lot of the confusion I experienced).
From here onwards I will look at Sport inspired fashion as a design focus.
This is not to be confused with sportswear or active-wear, rather this area of focus is about high fashion (in my case streetwear), which has taken inspiration from sports. Examples of features within a sports inspired focus include, interesting line and cut, contrast paneling, diverse silhouette and fit, unconventional fabrication choices and utilitarian details. This hybrid of sport and fashion will hence enable me to to create a futuristic graduate collection.
Below is an example of my previous work from my 2012 Womenswear collection. The ‘Jest’ appears to be a backward jacket which flips upside down and transforms into a vest. This illustrates (through transformation from the classic-surreal to street fashion) my sport inspired approach exploring details, shaping, trims and closure functionality. My graduate collection will interpret my interest in creating hybrids of the dissimilar to create garments indicative of functionality from a futuristic perspective.
Alias Lookbook – Look 1 (Michelle Zhang 2012)
Once settled on my Sport inspired design focus I begin research into designers within my area of focus. This includes looking at designers within the categories below: