Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Zoe Bradley

This work by Zoe Bradley is extremely over the top and full of drama and theatre.  Her paper sculptures are so amazing and just show how you can push paper to the maximum.  The height and width of her paper garments are unbelievable and do create a show stopping feature.  After looking at these huge paper dresses it made me think and wonder how I could create this in material which slightly worried me.  As I really like the body and bulk of her dresses and I would like to create this in my own garment but I need to work out how to create this body in material...

Ying Gao

This collection of interactive fashion is from the fashion designer and university professor Ying Gao is known for her fashion that involves movement and interaction with the environment. Ying Gao has created dresses that combine fashion with microelectronic technology. This is technology which allows her garments to move and change with the environment.  Parts of her garments expand and contract as they respond to their environment like light, movement, wind or touch. The idea of them moving in the light and or if something is moving is amazing to me and relates to my project with the idea of metamorphosis.  As these garments change, adapt and move due to the environment just like insect who go through metamorphosis like butterflies, frogs /toads, grass hopper and many more. So her garments have really inspired to hoe metamorphosis can relate to fashion and create beautiful natural garments.

Tetra Chair

This chair is called a Tetra Chair and is designed by Julia Göransd.  The chair came from the idea of a ‘transformable coal’.  The chair is able to move due to the well thought out folds in the chair relating to origami. The chair is designed for comfort as it is able to change and adapt to the seating position on the person using the chair which relates to metamorphosis too.  I thought the idea of this chair is very clever and researching into it gave me inspiration on how maybe this could be converted into a garment with the idea of how it changes and moves with the folds. Maybe I could adapt this to a dress which could be pushed and crushed to change the shape.

Naoki Kawamoto

These products designed by Naoki Kawamoto are two-dimensional structures made up of a many circle which has been inspired by origami and a traditional folding technique ‘furoshiki’. I think these products show how origami has affected a lot of the design world and can inspire designers to create some great new products.

Sleep suit

Forrest Jessee has designed a modern sleep suit  which is suitable for any wear the office, park, on a commute, at the air port any where......The sleep suit is made of pleats cut out of EVA foam which is a material which absorbs shock and is used a lot in sportswear which needs to protect and cushion the body.  She has research into where are main pressure points are when we are sleeping so the foam fold can be tighter together on the more heavily pressured areas. I really like this design and I think its a new inspiration design.  

Si Kim

This collection of bags has been designed by a graduate from London College of fashion. She was inspired by forms of nature and sonobe – a Japanese paper folding method. Her collection has been called ‘a gorgeous mélange of polyhedral forms resembling sea creatures’. I think the shapes she has created in her designs are beautiful with the Sharpe edges, clean points and interesting indents and great sculptural shapes.

Rick Owen spring 2010

I really like this spring 2010 collection by Rick Owen. The way he has translated origami into his garments are very different and inspirational. I like how Rick Owens has kept his garments classy with sharp crisp lines and neat clean straight silhouettes. I also like the neck lines on a few of the garments with the enlarged scooped necks and beautiful angled skirts and very geometric shapes to his jackets and long coats.

Micro Origami

Flottille (detail) from Etienne Cliquet on Vimeo.
I found these origami pieces very interesting. These pieces are from a French artist Etienne Cliquet. His origami pieces are about 2-3 cm long and are made from paper but with a twist. Which is the small origami pieces react with water by absorbing the water which makes the origami unfold and transform. This reminded me of metamorphosis so I thought this is a very interesting link also i found it Fascinating.  

Origami light & chair

These interesting light fittings and chairs are designed by Mi-Swung Kim and Myung-Seo kang. There inspiration was origami but they wanted to turn them into some very sculptural light fitting giving a twist on an open book with the pages just folded paper with a light put inside.  I think there light are quirky and are a new way of using origami in a stylistic way. But i liked there chairs the most with the origami paper between each chair. This gave me an idea for garments and how you could use that idea on joints in the body like the elbow, knee, and shoulder to create interesting design. 

Iris van Herpen DRESS!

I think this dress is amazing and the shapes and beautiful Silhouette is so inspiring

Moda vs Origami

This collection by Moda is outstanding and the connection between this and the origami inspiration is very clever.  You can clearly see the relation between the origami figure and the garment but Moda has turned them into wearable beautiful sculptures. My favourite garment is the fly above as I think the garment is so dramatic and a great silhouette. 

Wearable origami by Lianna Sheppard

Modu_gram from Lianna Sheppard on Vimeo.
Lianna Sheppard has designed wearable origami. She has designed a series of polyhedral garments and accessories. She was inspired by mathematical models and fractional forms. She has also added led light inside here origami shapes so when in the dark all the folds and shapes stand out when being lit up by the florescent led lights.

mauricio velasquez posada

I think this collection is very creative and shows how paper can be used very well the create shapes and great silhouettes. I do like this collection and it shows me how I could create and translate origami in garments. But then it doesn’t help me with ideas on how to translate paper shapes into material. But the shapes he has created are so dramatic and powerful and very inspirational.

Malousebastiaan Autumn Winter 2010-2011

The material Malousebastiaan have used to create there sculptural garments are silk, wool and leather. The leather was used to create there cubes which are the detail on all of the garments. The leather was used on the cubes by boiling the leather into shape over a cube mould to create there very sculptural cubes. I decided to research into this collection due to the origami technique of cubes but after finding out they way Malousebastiaan had created there cubes out of boiled leather it inspired me to think out side the box and how and what materials I could use to create shapes within my own garment. 

Kirstie Maclaren

Kirstie Maclaren’s collection called ‘fold-some’ to me is what I am aiming to achieve for my latest project.  Her inspiration was from geometrical patterns on Art Deco, Brutalist architecture and Japanese fashion. I like the way also that her collection can be change and moved when worn and that the person wearing it can adapt and wear the garment anyway they would like making a new garment each time which really appeals to me.

‘I encourage and am very interested with the interaction that takes place between the wearer and the garment.  Having this curiosity about the way people interact with my pieces, I’ve created a collection that can be worn in various ways. The ambiguity with these pieces allows the wearer to decide how they wear them, folded up or stretched out’

Kinetic Mechanical Skirt from Cooperjay Kim on Vimeo.

I found this very interesting and gave me ideas for my own project. As in my own project my garment needs to be able to change and move when on the wearer and I had only thought about changes things with your hand but seeing this mechanical skirt opened my mind to different ways it could move on the body to make my garment different.

Issey Miyake’s 132.5 collection

Issey Miyake’s 132.5 collection is a range of garments that have been expanded from two dimensional geometric shapes into structured shirts, dresses, skirts and trousers.  She was inspired by the work of computer scientist Jun Mitani who creates three-dimensional structures with smoothly curved surfaces by folding flat materials. She wanted to take that and turn it into a wearable structure. She was also inspired by origami and regeneration concepts and her whole collection is made out of recycled textiles.I think this collection is so original and pushes the idea of origami to the extreme. Being able to pick up a garment of a folded heap on the floor to me sounds impossible but Issey has made it possible. 

Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture spring summer 2011

Spring summer 2011

 Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture spring summer 2011 collection wasn’t inspired by origami but by the sculptures of Kris Kuksi.  But I still think the amazing shapes and structure to her garments make them very origami like. The strong lines and sharp edges and smooth curves create very sculptural eye catching garments which to me could be translated into origami shapes. .  I also like the use of shiny almost industry look of her garments as the light bounces of them eliminating them when worn. I was just drawn to the amazing structure and volumizing curves strong edges of Iris Van Herpen’s Haute Couture collection.


Escher is a very well known German artist who has drawn the most amazing optical illusions, his so called impossible structures and many more.... But I was drawn to his transformation prints on metamorphosis.  He’s famous for his three icon prints Metamorphosis I, Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III. I really liked his takes on metamorphosis with not just focusing on insects and biology. He also focuses on the negative space to create shape and form, his prints are so interesting and to me show the story of metamorphosis very well in his long transforming prints.

Elena Salmistraro

This collection of origami accessories is designed by Elena Salmistraro. Elena produced these series of lovely accessories using paper, Tyvek and a sustainable fabric called Jacroki. She has used the fabrics Jacroki and Tyvek as they are both sustainable and created out of pure recycled material; Jacroki is from (80%) recyclable cellulose eco-material, combined with latex. She has used only recycled material so here collection is natural and pure.


What a place to hide?

Need to escape?

Feeling the need to 'get grounded'?

These designs by Kathy Luding and Florian Krautli are out of the ordinary but relate to the transform side of my project. There bags and garments transform from one state to another by using interesting techniques. There aim of these interesting designs was to create and escape route from the out side world, somewhere to hide when things get too much.

Cristina Valls

This collection of origami inspired fashion is designed by Cristina Valls. I think here collection is very unique as I haven’t seen some of the shapes she has created in her garments before in origami fashion. I think the way she has mixed delicate folds with large dramatic folds creates some great contrast and dynamic to her garments. 

Christian Dior Spring 2007 Couture Collection

This collection by Christian Dior and John Galliano is so dramatic and creates such a statement.  There inspiration was Japanese design and origami most of there dresses of full of origami folding and their stiff geometric shapes within them create necklines like flowers or hovering birds.  There collection is full of body, shape and sculpture, and creates a regal importance atmosphere about them. I really like the intense colours used within this collection like; metallic black, glistening gold, beautiful calming pastels in pink/green/peach and oranges.  All these grand colors help create this bold, dramatic vibe about the origami inspired collection.

Anna O’Neill

I really like how origami has been adapted to material here by Anna O’Neill.  She creates her origami shapes and then holds them together with stitches to create her intricate shapes.  Her inspiration was origami and the folds done by the artist Eric Gjerde. The part I found so interesting and inspirational of this origami adapted material is they way it has been done on a transparent material. I think due to the fact its transparent when the light hits the material the light and shadow creates new shapes with then the other shapes and creates a glowing pattern.