My theme for the textile design is MOROCCO.
The different groups will be named after major Moroccan cities, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes.
Charles Francis Annesley Voysey was known to be an architect, but he was also a furniture and textile designer. He was born in Yorkshire, England in 1857 and educated at home. Later on, he worked with other architects J.P. Seddon and George Devey, but once the work decreased, he was encouraged by fellow architect A.H. Mackmurdo to supplement his income by designing wallpapers and fabrics in which he became very successful.
As an architect, he became very sought after for his designs which rejected the stylistic revival of the time. Instead, he based his designs and use of materials close to the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement while maintaining his own distinctive style.
Distinct stages can be seen in Voysey’s wallpaper and textile designs. In his early works, through the late 1880s, he has historically influenced traditional repeats. By the mid 1890’s he was creating his most characteristic and original designs, flowing patterns in pastel colors with flattened silhouettes of birds, floral patterns, and hearts. His designs were used for both wallpaper and textiles, which were often woven as wool double cloth for furnishing.
Some examples of patterns of this time were The Saladin wallpaper, 1897
The Owl, 1898 jacquard woven wool textile
From 1910 and on, Voysey’s patterns become more narrative with isolated motifs, meant for the nursery.
An example of his work during this time is the Alice in Wonderland furnishing textile, 1920
Although his architecture business flourished for twenty years, the commissions and work began to dry up after WWI. Voysey continued to design furniture, wallpaper, and textiles. His last recorded wallpaper commission was in 1930.
Inspiration: Balmain Studded Denim Jacket
2. Time to acid wash! Using a spray bottle, fill it with 50% water and 50% bleach. I messed up and used 100% bleach but I actually liked the stronger effect more than the diluted solution, so adjust according to your own preference.
4. Use a blow dryer to accelerate the acid washing process. You should see the areas where you sprayed the bleach solution become lighter and patchy.
5. Once the jacket has reached the desired acid wash pattern, throw it in the washing machine! Wash with white colors only, since the jacket is soaked in bleach. I prefer white towels because they will come out bright white!
6. It’s embellishment time! I used safety pins, medium sized to add an effect around the arm hole.
I think Abby approves!
7. Now, prepare for the hardest and most time consuming part of the entire process. Stud time! I bought my studs from a site called studsandspikes.com. I checked out Downtown LA for cheaper studs but it is actually cheaper online. The ones I used were Standard 1/2″ Silver Pyramid Studs.
For the studding process, I used long neck pliers to close the little prongs behind the studs onto the jacket.
8. After a total of 11 hours of studding and around 200 studs per sleeve, I am finished!!
I am overall pretty satisfied but will probably never stud anything for a while, as my hands do not want to hold pliers for a while.
The concept behind our lookbook is a 1940’s young glamorous housewife who is stuck at home and tries to cure her boredom by wandering around the cookie cutter suburban town she resides in. She hides her inner depression with pills and alcohol which is shown in subtle props such as a flask or a bottle of pills in the shot. Although she looks glamorous and impeccably put-together, if you look closely, you’ll see the disturbing signs of a troubled young woman.
For the clothing palette, we would like to showcase spring prints and soft tones. The idea behind the hair and makeup will be a classic 1940’s look with the pin curls and flushed lips, with subtle changes according to each look.
We want to use exterior locations, such as a house in La Canada Flintridge, residential streets and public parks.
In post-production, our photos will be low saturation with soft filtering.
Our photographer is confirmed. For the model and makeup/hairstylist we are waiting for confirmation.
For clothing and accessories, we are planning to pull from selected showrooms, specialty stores, styling connections, our own wardrobe and if needed, thrift stores.