Category Archives: High Fashion

Zahin Anwari

Zahin AnwariMeet 15-year-old fashion blogger Zahin Anwari.

Zahin’s style is very much inspired by Old Hollywood and the likes of Elvis Presley and James Dean. ‘The thick, bushy eyebrows, the bouffant hair, the music…’ he says. ‘It inspires me!’ Continue reading Zahin Anwari

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Lucy Hurst

Meet 23-year-old fashion designer Lucy Hurst.

If Lucy wasn’t a fashion designer, she’d love to be a burlesque dancer. She loves making jewellery, cross-stitching, knitting and reading (her favourite book is Venus in Furs). ‘I’m also trying to learn how to crochet,’ she says, ‘but that doesn’t seem to be working at the moment…’

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I graduated from Liverpool John Moores university last year after studying Fashion Design. As well as the
fashion design, I have also started to experiment with making jewelry and who knows, maybe that could be another career for me.

What are your inspirations?

Burlesque and fetish are a massive inspiration for me, ever since I did a project on Corsetery at college and discovered the divine Dita Von Teese and Bettie Page. I just love the silhouette and glamour that corsets and vintage lingerie reveal I also look at the work of Christian Dior and the world of Art.

What is your favorite piece of work you have produced?

It would probably be a toss up between a corset and a dress I made in my second year at university. The corset was inspired by the work of textile artist Elizabeth Cousens Scot and it was the first time we where really allowed to just go for it and let our imaginations flow. We could decorate it anyway we wanted and the only stipulation was that it had to have a calico base. The dress was inspired by Russian Constructivist art and was an absolute pain to make, it took me and my tutor about a month to work out how to make the pattern but it turned out even better than I could have imagined.

Who is your favorite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

I have a real love for the ‘Golden Age of Couture’ and the work of designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Madame Vionete. But I also love the more unusual type of fashion produced by designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Alexander Mcqueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Marjan Pejoski (the swan dress he made for Bjork was just fab).

Visit Lucy’s website here.

Harri Davison

Meet Harri Davison, a 20-year-old Fashion Promotion student studying in Cardiff.

When Harri was 7, she won a competition on BBC Midlands to present the weather. ‘You had to draw a picture of your best summer holiday,’ she says. ‘My mum only caught on to the ‘best holiday’ part, so I sent in a painting of my holiday to Lapland. I painted a snowman, everyone else had painted a beach – but I ended up winning!’

In the name of fashion Harri once visited a derelict mental asylum in mid Wales to do a photoshoot. ‘It was insanely scary.’ (We see what you did there…) Other passions include travelling, music, discovering new bloggers, and collecting ‘quirky’ magazines.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My love of art and design developed at a young age. I wouldn’t play with dolls or Barbies but I’d sit at the end of the dining table with a stack of paper, a pot of pens and get lost in my drawings of people. I will always remember being aged 5, in my first year of primary school, when the teacher asked us to paint a picture of what we’d like to be when we’re older. Most of the little girls drew ballerinas or pop stars. I painted a sailor. Why? Simply because I liked the outfit.

This love of drawing never faded and quickly became my passion, and as I grew older I developed a strong ambition to work in the fashion industry.

Fifteen years on from that little girl wanting to be a sailor, I’m now studying my dream degree, Fashion Promotion, which has given me the opportunity to explore my love of fashion illustration through collage.

What are your inspirations?

My inspirations are the people around me – loved ones, friends, even the random people I see on the bus. I’m just fascinated with people, their emotions and the stories behind them. I love my work to have some sort of narrative behind it, whether no one else knows what it is but me, or it may be quite obvious. Every rip, tear and paint splatter has a meaning. Like people you never know what their thinking. I want my work to have this same ambiguity. It’s up to the viewer to decide…

What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

My favourite piece of work I’ve produced is part of my recent set of fashion illustrations. It’s titled Nobody Can Hurt Me, Without My Permission. It’s not necessarily my favourite because I love it, but it’s my favourite because I don’t know if I even like it myself. But to me the image asks questions, makes you think, makes you look twice and that’s what I enjoy when looking at pieces of art myself.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

My favourite illustrator is Raphael Vicenzi. I’ve only recently come across his work and I adore his mixed media work – his interesting combinations of textures and imagery fascinate me.

Visit Harri’s blog and Tweet her: @HarrietRDavison.

All images © Harri Davison. To view the photographs in clearer detail, click on them.

Sara Ligari

Meet Sara Ligari, a 23-year-old fashion designer living in Milan (jealous, us…?)

Sara graduated in fashion design from Politecnico di Milano last year. ‘I am currently working on developing a line of t-shirts with prints of my drawing,’ she says. ‘The line will be named Suzie Blues.’

When she was younger, Sara played bass in a rock band. ‘But I found that music was not my way, and I started drawing…’

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I love cooking and eating ethnic food, reading, travelling and I’m extremely messy. I have liked drawing since I was a kid, but I only started using watercolours a few years ago. Since then I have discovered a new  way to express myself and I have certainly fallen in love with it.

I always experiment using ink, pen, different papers or adding pattern with Photoshop. Faces and hands are my favourite subject and I’d like to improve my technique by taking a life-drawing class when I have more free time.

What are your inspirations?

My main inspiration is fashion. I do not care too much for the dress itself, but instead the atmosphere it creates, and mostly the beauty of the feminine body. For this reason, I’m often inspiring from fashion photography. Art and nature are also important inspirations for me.

What’s your favourite piece of work you produced?

Generally, I love my last work for a day, then I don’t like it anymore and I try to do something different! However, I’m proud of Chameleon (left) because it expresses a very natural kind of beauty. I consider it as a fashion illustration without any fashion cloth.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

I love Stina Persson – her style changed my point of view about illustration. Also, Laura Lain really inspires me.  In the arts world, I like Frida Kahlo.

Visit Sara’s website and Facebook page, and have a look at her Tumblr.

All images © Sara Ligari. To view them in clearer detail, click on them.

Hannah Sykes

Meet 18-year-old Hannah Sykes, the winner of the 2011 I Luv My Can competition.

The competition encouraged people across the country to get creative with their empty soft drinks’ cans, resulting in some truly unique designs. Hannah entered her highly creative Coutier-Can Bustier piece and impressed the judges so much with her innovative design that she was selected as the winner.

Hannah is currently a student in Blackpool, where she is undergoing a Foundation Degree in Art and Design. Here, she tells us a bit more about her career ambitions, what it was like to win the competition and her hopes for the future.

What inspired you to want to become a fashion designer?

As art has been a main passion of mine throughout my life, I wanted to carry this through to further studies and as my future career. Universities prefer for a student to have an extra requirement of this foundation course hence me doing this course this year, it provides a lot of work for your portfolio and broadens your skills which you never knew you had: like for me, drawing… I never knew I could draw properly! However, I know that I want to study in fashion of some sort.

I figured this out during my last year at sixth form, where I made two collections of Fashionable Garments and Accessories with materials that you would not associate with fashion. One collection was made from nails, metals and scrap oddments to make burlesque inspired garments; my other collection was made from materials that you would find around the house, rubber gloves, mops toilet seats… Both of these collections achieved me full marks in the course that year.

I love to push the boundaries to create fashionable structures, with materials that people wouldn’t even take a second glance at. I love creating weird things, they are extravagant edgy and some what couture fashion pieces. At the moment I am struggling to find a perfect degree course to study at university: I want a course that will let me broaden my creativity and make unusual pieces however some fashion course are just commercial clothing which is mass produced. I want to make pieces that are unique and one off: things that you see on the catwalk… that’s my ambition. Hopefully someone will see my talent and guide me and give me the chance!

What is your favourite piece you have designed so far?

That’s hard to choose – I have three! The first is my Cilit Bang outfit which I made a bikini made from Marigold rubber gloves with a hat and bag made from cilit bang labels. I love this piece as it is quirky and just fun. My second favourite is my toilet seat dress: it reminds me of a ballerina; it is plain and simple white with a papier mache corset and a toilet seat around the waist. My last is this nail corset and frilly knickers made from nails. It just so different and even though it is made from rusty nails, I just think it is beautiful.

Tell us a bit about the I Luv My Can competition…

When I saw the I Luv My Can competition I thought it was a great opportunity to show my talent of creating unique garments.
I luv my can is a brand new competition challenging lovers of canned drinks to get creative with your beverage can. The top prize is not only a cool £1,000, but also a year’s supply of your favourite canned drink. Each category will have its own winner, with the best creations being auctioned off to raise money for the Art Fund, the UK’s leading charity that helps secure great art for museums and galleries for everyone to enjoy.

I won the category of Most Fashionable Can, and from this went along to become the overall winner of the competition, and my piece raised £112 for the charity. Other people’s pieces reached a whopping £800 for the charity.

I am still amazed that I have won the competition, and that people have recognised my work and think I am a “future designer”.

How do you see your career progressing over the next few years?

From this foundation degree that I am doing at this moment in time, I want to pursue a fashion degree at university. I am still looking around universities to find the best one for me, ranging from Manchester, Nottingham Trent, Sheffield, and my aim is London College of Fashion!

I’ve always wanted to have a career in the fashion industry, it takes a lot of determination and hard work and creativity but hopefully in five years time this dream will have started to evolve for me. I want a creative and imaginative job, which I can show my talents and passion for the fashion industry and be able to create unique one off designs.

My dream would be to make innovative, edgy, couture garments which would walk the catwalks. I want to create one off show stopping pieces. This maybe a long shot but this would be my ultimate goal. I don’t want a 9-5 job in an office; I know that this wouldn’t be right for me.

What advice would you give to other aspiring designers?

I don’t really have much advice for other people that want to become a fashion designer as I am looking for the advise myself, but the only advice I have is never give up on your dream and ambition, if you really want it, keep trying and trying and someday it will come. This is what I am doing at this moment in time. Show your creativity, and show your unique designs and make your dream happen!

View Hannah’s blog here. See more entries at www.iluvmycan.co.uk.