Fashion is an aesthetic expression I’ve always been hugely fascinated and excited by, therefore, I decided now is a great time to develop my knowledge of the art form further. This blog post will introduce you to my journey of studying fashion from home; looking at areas of inquiry and certain designers I am personally interested in. Please feel free to join the journey!
Please note: I am not following a syllabus and I’m certainly not a professional. This is purely for the satisfaction of learning new content whilst in quarantine, with the hope of continuing it for as long as possible.
Without further ado, welcome to part one…
I adore fashion journalism: it’s a dream job of mine. The first step of developing my knowledge of the fashion spectrum was simple because it was something I regularly do anyway… reading and writing articles, blogposts and magazines. Links to my favourite recent articles:
- 9 Times Emily Ratajkowski Expressed Her Freedom & Power In A Red Dress: https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/gallery/emily-ratajkowski-red-dress-style
- The 7 Definitive Shoe Trends Of Autumn/Winter 2020: https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/gallery/shoe-trends-autumn-winter-2020
- One Vogue Editor’s Love Letter To The Homespun Summer Dress: https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/article/love-letter-homespun-summer-dress
- 10 Bag Trends To Carry You Through Summer: https://www.elle.com/fashion/g31983882/summer-bag-trends/
- #HomeCouture is trending on Instagram and the pictures are glorious: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/fashion/style/a32049131/homecouture-instagram/
Secondly, I decided to take an online course from Institut Francais de la mode (French Fashion Institute) on FutureLearn entitled “Understanding Fashion: From Business To Culture” and so far, it is marvellously motivational and informative. I’m currently one week 1 of 4 so shall talk in more detail about the course in a future post. During week one, hearing from Simon Porte Jacquemus truly captivated me as his intense love for his job was revealed. This leads me onto step 3…
Step 3 of this exploration was the point in which I moved onto studying an individual designer… Jacquemus who has created one of the most well known upcoming brand in the industry. Having previously been obsessed with his lavender field runway (s/s 2020 “Le Coup de Soleil”), mini bag trend and after understanding his dedication during the online course, I was inspired to delve deeper into everything Jacquemus.
This began by me rewatching the Le Coup de Soleil runway video, this time taking note of anything significantly thought provoking (favourite pieces, artistic references etc). It was difficult not to make note of every single detail because I almost certainly could have… the collection is wonderful and the entire production is perfection. Next, I looked at previous collections and runway videos. Moving onto interviews, I began to establish a more detailed understanding of Jacquemus’ creative process and reasoning for creating his brand in the way he has. Before I knew it, I’d become a huge fan.
Inevitably, step 4 was MORE RESEARCH! I was eager to study more designers in detail, getting to know their garments as well as their motivations in the industry, using similar methods to those mentioned previously with regards to Jacquemus! Below is a list of a few more designers I looked at:
- Maison Margiela: https://www.maisonmargiela.com/gb
- Gucci: https://www.gucci.com/uk/en_gb/
- Miu Miu: https://www.miumiu.com
- Alexander McQueen: https://www.alexandermcqueen.com/gb
Step 5 will begin for me tomorrow, moodboard creation. Scrapbooking is something I have loved for a long time, it’s therapeutic, relaxing and satisfying. I am going to build up a portfolio/ scrap book of runway looks and magazine cut-outs and formulate them in a way in which I can annotate but is also aesthetically pleasing. If this goes well, I’ll share the results in the next post of this series!
In true Pinterest style, here are some pictures that captivate fashion study/ work to motivate us!
Thank you so much for reading today’s post. I hope you enjoyed the first part of the ‘Join My Journey’ series! Part 2 will be up soon. Comment any thoughts or questions you have below, leave a like if you liked it and follow for more content!
Stay safe! Lots of love,