Fashion Is Art

This space is dedicated to my two passions; fashion and art. Hope you find it visually appealing!

The Creative Process

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The creative process is a very personal thing with unknown roots that if we definition “create” means to bring into existence something that is new, something that did not exist before. Everyone is different there are some like Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, explained it on her TedTalk “Your Elusive Creative Genius” where she explains her process of having to wake up every morning at the same time and sweat and work through it awkwardly while other like the American poet Ruth Stone who will feel the poem coming like thunder and she knew she had to run like hell to grab a piece of paper to write it down as the poem barrel through her.  We can see above Sabela Tobar’s creative process of how she was inspired by the metamorphosis of jellyfish and created an aura of mystery, softness, darkness and elegance.  Her portfolio was superb in clearly showing us her process from the research of the concept to the materials use in the collection to the designs and finally the final pieces.  The viewer get a glimse of her creative process and how she utilize the concept to create the more literal pieces in the collection to the more abstract ones. Her portfolio is a great example of how an idea is developed into something solid, a dancing star in Nietzsche words.image

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In Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s nautical-inspired spring collection for Lacoste, traditional items like rain jackets were outfitted with transparent hood visors and waterproof fabrics. Waterproofs are made by coating natural or synthetic fibers with a polymer like PVC or rubber that can be tuned for breathability. At a molecular level, these materials have a characteristic non-polar surface to prevent water molecules from penetrating the layer. A more advanced version of this can be seen in the GIFs above showing the superhydrophobic surfaces GE researchers are developing. Perhaps soon these surfaces will make their debut on the runway. 

- Chris Ing, freshphotons.com | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014 | Photo credit © Yannis Vlamos.

Waltzing Lights Show at the Museum of Natural History in New York City

Up and coming designer Sabela Tobar will be showing her graduate collection at the Museum of Natural History in New York City this fashion week.  This show won’t be the usual fashion show as the location will be at the the Creatures of Light Exhibit that matches perfectly with her them on the metamorphosis of jellyfish.  The collection is based on the delicate, soft, transparents appearance of jellyfish but also their mysterious demeanor  and romanticism as they waltz in the deep ocean.  The collection if filled with transparent silk taffetas, brushed furs, and chiffons, and white leather.  This is a must in your fashion week calendar.

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Your elusive creative genius

One of my favorite TedTalks that speaks about how to help creative people with the emotional risk of creativity and how the ancient Greek creating divine entities that live in the artist walls that helped them create their work.

Digital fabric printing is “probably the greatest innovation of 21st-century fashion,” Christina Binkley declared in the Wall Street Journal last month. The “vastly improved digital printing technologies allow designers to innovate while beefing up their brands,” she says.

Now I have always been a huge fan of digital prints, they are a way for designers to create unique and fresh art within their pieces.  I’m glad to see many new upcoming designers embracing this new technology which can be costly but add to the distinct brand every designer hopes to build.  Above we see Sabela Tobar’s graduate collection from 2012 Waltzing Lights.  She use a literal interpretation of her concept, jellyfish, on the jelly-printed bay dress that was made with two layer of silk organza as lining and the jellyfish itself was printed on silk. There is incredible movement she created with the lining and by positioning the jellyfish on the top half with tentacles dangling over the vast darkness of the skirt.  I love how she use the same jellyfish she use in her mood board  sometimes we need to be literal to get the point across and she definitely succeeded in helping us get her concept.

Photos are from http://sabelatobar.blogspot.com

"Pictures, abstract symbols, materials, and colors are among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements and rearrangements among these ingredients."~ Paul Rand

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Pictures, abstract symbols, materials, and colors are among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements and rearrangements among these ingredients. ~Paul Rand

In the collection Waltzing Lights Sabela Tobar use many different components to create her vision.  Her color scheme included greys, purple, and black contrasted by sunny yellows and fuchsia pinks.  When I began looking into the textile she use I was surprised to find that among the list was dyed goat.  The list also included printed silk, silk taffeta, jacquard and white lamb leather.


Photos from http://sabelatobar.blogspot.com

“We live in a constant cycle where everything appears to be different all the time, but as time goes by we find ourselves back at the same point again. My collection centres on the lifecycle of jellyfish, which is one of the most complex organisms found in the natural world. This challenged me to study jellyfish and learn more about how they relate to human beings. Apart from the beauty of these animals, there is a lot of darkness hidden within them. But what interests me the most is the metamorphosis that takes place during their life.”

Sabela did a magnificent job showcasing her inspiration throughout her designs.  They are delicate, intricate and perfectly constructed.  This collection has a wide range of interpretation of the inspiration drawn from jellyfish, some more literal to the more abstract designs that display her versatile skills as a designer and her though process for design from developing her inspiration and understanding her concept to sewing the pieces together.  

Pictures above are fromhttp://sabelatobar.blogspot.com.es

Moving Couture

This high-tech glow in the dark dress is made from the worlds lightest fabric, super-organza.  It is sewn with photo luminescent tread and contains tiny eye-tracking electronic devices that can be make parts of the dress move when one looks at it.  The designer behind the dress is Yin Goa who said she was inspired by an essay by Paul Virilino and told TIME “It is about speed, light, disappearance, so while creating these dresses I must have unconsciously related to it as movement of jellyfish.”

This year I got the chance to attend the Accessories Trade Show at the Javitz center in New York City.  Here vendors from all over the world were eager to meet buyers and boutique owners to present all the new products hitting stores soon.  This two-day show was filled with eye candy from hundreds of different booths filled with everything from scarfs, handbags, to jewelry and eve custom garment bags.  Whether you like chunky jewelry or simple designs it were the place to discover new brands.    

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