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LIVING LEGEND OF KABUKI THEATRE

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Kabuki is known as a Japanese legendary traditional Opera in the world. The actors in Kabuki are all males. Funny things is, Kabuki was originate from a beautiful woman who dedicate herself into charity of building god tampus. The proformers are called  かぶき者, they’re devided into so many different parts, and I’m not going to explain it here cuz I dont really know how to translate their names into English, might as well let yourself discover it .

It’s such a shame that there’re less and less people now like to spend their entire life in this wonderful performance, it requires a lot of effort. Like the Chinese Opera, kids needs to learn how to proform since they’re 4 years old, they got beaten all the time for not acting properly and they need to memorize all those ancient chinese Lyrics specifically in a very short time.

Art is art, it will last forever, but it also needs people to care and to know about it’s beauty. If you travel to China or Japan, remember to pay attention to those wonderful art stories that last for thousands of years.

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Related designer (Melitta)

Melitta Baumeister is a german fashion designer based in New York City. She recently received a MFA degree in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons and her graduation collection has been shown at New York Fashion Week. Baumeister focuses on new materiality, while her work merges fashion, objects, sculpture and installation. (WAP)

“Applying techniques from sculpture, architecture, and fine art, materiality becomes the conceptual core of my process. Casting a garment in one continuous layer of silicone questions conventional methods, which focuses on the development of the garment. This specific technique entails a shift of shape-defining factors. Shape is no longer determined through the interplay of fabric and pattern, but by the mold into which it is cast. The mold becomes the blueprint of a form and captures the essence of a garment without itself being the thing it emulates. The mold with its capability for endless repetition, then becomes a metaphor for the repetitiveness of the fashion industry itself.”  

——-  Tumblr Le Deleeuw

This is a designer that I discover in Tumblr today, she’s very talented and her garment just like what mentioned before is very architecure look. See from the first beginning of the MA course, I set my goal as to combine art and architecture in fashion industry, and try to make something unique without lossing myself. My concept appeared in my final pieces too, it used the famous art work and colour as inspiration, following the trend investigation and fitted fabric, and comes out with many times of experiments.

The first thing attracted to me of Melitta’s design is the pure white colour. It is very beautiful and chic to use all white, it might look easy but really think about it, how to make one colour appear in different shape, form and yet still diversity is kinda difficult. Although my final project has submitted, but it doesn’t stop me from learning more about my idea and design in fashion industry, especially learning from other talented designers.

Melitta’s personal website

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Inspiration (Scottevest)

At first I got the idea of pockets making travel fun, I can’t find anything related to this project. This is making the design path very difficult because there’s no references, no comparison, no specific rational for the finishing outfit. Luckily I kept investigating and soon I found this amazing company Scottevest via Google search LOL. They are famous for making brilliant hidden pockets for travalers, carrying tons of stuff without feeling it. I post some of their work here, because they are one of the leading researches for my project, thx for their amazing ideas, I get to narrow down the amount of my pockets for my focus group – women, and inspirated idea by their visible phone pockets I got to develop mine well.1b85633284c4a132eb4170d455c9ca71.jpg!review 8f0a0418573d1ce81af796e8fd455e87.jpg!review 73580_10151572613096801_1205963231_n 581674_10151520333816801_756924613_n

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Barbie & Fashion 2

In the last blog I posted one of the old work of barbie’s garment, and this is the second part.

I already mentioned the reason why I designed and made clothes for barbie, so in this blog I will only explain how these pieces was made and why  🙂

Black dress:

The funny thing about this dress is that at first i was failed, apparently the top was too short for sewing with the skirt. This is a good example for explaining how important of making small samples than making a full size for begin with. After realizing it’s too small for my barbie I still took a picture of it to remind myself, then I took it off and make another paper pattern for adjustment. the outcome goes well in the end.

Yellow dress with flower print:

I did this on a small table in the student flat, because barbie’s clothes is 1:6 to real human clothes, so drawing paper pattern is just like drawing an A4 painting. I changed the basic paperpatter for fitting becuase after the black dress I realise it’s too short. It only needed a 30X30 cm fabric.

Bag making:

The paper pattern of the little bag is in the picture, and all the tools that I’ve used, for small samples sometimes it’s better to use glue than actually sewing it because the large stitching line kinda ruined the look of a delicate little handbag

Hat making:

Its just as easy as making clothes, draw a paper patter, cut the fabric and sew. The corner of a little hat is a bit tricky, but other parts are just the same.

Knitting top (scarf)

At first I just knit a little scarf for her by hand, but then I found out it can also used as a little top with her white skirt. Although the real clothes can’t knit like that or people will get to see the inside clearly, it’s still a concept of making and it only took me 10 mints to see how it will look like on top of a “body”

I’m planning to do some small dying samples of Batik as well, with the small fabric, it will just be so convience like always,so get your stuff up and start designing clothes for barbie, if the outcomes good then make a real one for yourself . THANKS FOR WATCHING

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Barbie and fashion 1

I know the barbie’s era has been gone for a long time, we don’t tend to see them a lot in the shop now, but think about when we were little girls, well maybe little boys as well, Barbie is the perfect doll for us to practice grown up. Everybody that owns barbie did try to make clothes for them at least once. I’m not ashame to admit I still love them now, but only those three that I owned for more than 10 years, they are pretty, good to be model as hair, clothes or shoes, and they have certain body shape for me to develop new clothes and have some fun. In Japan they have their popluar doll like barbie, but each one of them have a different name and it’s not hard to find the tutorial books about making clothes for “lucy” or “Licca”

If you tried to make clothes before, you will know how deary the fabric now in the market, some good ones can reach to 30 quid per meter, that’s certainly a big burden for student like me. So sometimes I prefer make a little sample clothes for barbie and see if the print or fabric goes well. It only take like 50 cm or even less of fabric usage. Of course because of the size it won’t be accurate look but at least the whole outcome will be easier than imaging it on my head. To be honest I quite like my old toys and I never thought of getting rid of them, so why not use them for something that I needed ? Barbie is the one that inspired me to be a fashion designer, and I will never forget about their help .

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