Prize Inside

It's been a crazy busy semester, but it's finally over and I have two weeks off! That means I'll be updating this blog with some of my schoolwork, starting with the spring 2015 semester (my second) project. The task was the same as for the first semester (read about that project here), which was: 3 head-to-toe Look Prototypes in 3D (meaning the color, fabric, sewing didn't have to be perfect, you could use glue and staple things, but it had to give you a feel for the design, a sort of elaborate prototype) and three Key Visuals. The emphasis in the first year projects is on concept, research and designprocess, not yet the execution of the designs.

My inspiration for this project was the iconic McDonald's Happy Meal (and by extension similar products like cereals with free little toys in them) that I grew up with. I wanted to take that happiness and excitment and the tradeability of the prizes and apply it to fashion.

Because I don't want to spend hours on this post, I'm going to post some excerpts from my (heavily Peter Judson inspired) documentation. It's in German, but I think the images are enough to understand most of my inspiration/process (if you have questions, feel free to leave a comment or send an email!).

this backpack is one of my favorite things from this project! I was really surprised by how well it turned out! It's made from PET.

Below is the moodboard and process of photographing the key visuals. I took inspiration from children's cereal ads (plus some Breakfast at Tiffany's, couldn't resist :)), and I'm really happy with how they turned out, my roommate Hannah was the perfect model!

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, my favorite is the black and white beaded circle bustier (those aren't actually beads, they're bird seeds spray painted black, and it's seperate from that little shoulder top thing) and the foam poncho. The colors aren't all right, see the pictures further up to see what they should've been had the outfits not been prototypes. The outfits don't fit as well as I'd like them too, I didn't have that many fitting opportunities... plus I was in a play (an adaption of Spring Awakening!) in Lucerne (1 hour train ride from Basel) that premiered a few days before this project was due so I'm just happy I managed to be finished on time and balance rehearsals/shows with school. It was a good lesson in time managment, and somehow I survived it, but I wouldn't recommend it. I had a ton of health problems from all the stress... and after the presentation (which took place on my birthday) I just kind of had a bit of a nervous breakdown. Sooo, no more theater projects during the semester for me! :)

I'll be posting about this past semester next, summing up the entire semester (forum & project) in one post similar to this one.