This month my focus is clothing design. I believe this will take the majority of my focus, and might as well bleed into the following months. Today I've engaged the local Barnes 'n' Noble for a book-hunt. Above are the books I have purchased, from left to right:
Graffiti to Design, Illustration, and More. 24 Profiles".
I had to have it when I saw it. What can I say? I am an art-book whore. If you've ever been to my place, you know that the first thing you see as you enter the door is a bookshelf filled with the stuff.
"Fashion Design by Sue Jenkyn Jones"
An EXCELLENT book that covers everything about fashion design, from clothing design historical context, the craft of sewing and choosing the right fabric, design principles, color choice, style, producing a collection, and all the way down to finding employment in this field, as well as a list of recommended resources.
40 Top designers speak out about what inspires."
This book is just what I need at the moment, finding out what inspires others and how to motivate myself to do more design-related work.
And on the top right, a book I already have "Fruits". A photobook from Phaidon that documents the extreme liberal fashion sense in a city in Japan.
I also want to share a bit of sketches I've been doing.
For now, all male clothing designs will be for myself (and some of my friends). They will have a more hip-hop sensibility that merges with a "Heavy Red" style of gothic flavor. The colors will be mostly blacks as a base and sharp and distinct lines of bright greens and reds.
For female clothing I will be photographing all of the work on either friends or models (if you know any who would do shoots for free for their portfolio, let me know!) and simply giving the stuff away at the end. Possibly keep a few for myself, too (for portfolio purposes, you sick bastards).
My approach will be a mix of things I make from scratch as well modifying things I find in thrift stores (this is EXTREMELY helpful for a newbie such as myself..). Also, I'm thinking of attending some evening classes for sewing and other technical knowledge. If you guys know of anything you can recommend, please let me know :)