My style of menswear is very historical in inspiration. Jack Clayton’s 1974 film version of Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, is a perfect insight into fashion during the 1920’s. The costumes (designed by Ralph Lauren) are wonderful and really bring the story to life. The book (and film) is an absolute classic. If you never read it in high school, I definitely recommended sitting down with a cup of tea and emmerse yourself in the engaging world of Gatsby. If it all seems like too much, do not fret, the Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby will be out in 2012. I hope it’s worth the wait!
Here is a glimpse into my head space at the moment. It is a whirlwind of menswear designs, colours, fabrics, knits, patterns, stripes, all jumbled together!It is always a race against time. No matter how much work I do, this collection will never be complete. There are always extra elements that could be followed up. The key thing to figure out is when enough is enough! Luckily I am nowhere near that point yet, so I can keep chasing up new techniques and creating new design. Fashion is a fun crazy world.
It is amazing how much joy you can get out of fashion photography. Here are some of the photographs I am enjoying at the moment. They are all menswear as that is where my head is at the moment. I hope you like them as much as I do! (sorry for the poor image quality).
Magda Wunsche - Reserved Campaign AW/08 & Nike Advertorial, 2007
Carlotta Manaigo - untitled
Dennis Schoenberg - Upstreet Magazine, 2007
Giampaolo Sgura - Dolce and Gabba SS/08
Sven Banziger - Citizen K
David Slijper - The New York Times, 2006 & Dazed & Confused, 2007
Timothy Barnes - Matador Magazine, 2007
Mel Bles - Dazed & Confused Japan
At the end of last year I had the amazing opportunity to model for graduate designer Jo Cao. Her collection, inspired by Cambodia, contained amazing prints, dip dyeing and stripes which combined to create a modern feminine look. Here are the images from her final catalogue. Enjoy!
Model – Jenna Campbell (me)
Designer and Photographer – Jo Cao
Feel free to contact me if you are interested in getting in touch with Jo Cao.
I am very sick at the moment with the worst cold so it is really hard to concentrate on uni work. On Monday I sewed half my jacket the wrong way, meaning that half the seams were on the outside. I decided I should stop sewing as my brain was obviously not functioning. Luckily it is perfect sick weather. I can snuggle up in my doona to the sound of the rain falling outside. As a result of all this, I have been doing unproductive doodling…
I really need to get better so I can actually do the millions of important things waiting to get done.
Temple Bags, Bread Bag
I stumbled across this company called Temple bags which make their goods by deconstructing WWII garments. Not only is the label being sustainable by giving these garments and fabrics a second life, each bag is unique and hand made, each telling a different story. I think people forget how personal fashion is. Real people design and make things, not big industrial machines. I really like this film from Temple’s website as it gives an insight into the company and the processes and people behind the bag. definitely worth a watch.
Temple Bags: Made in America from McManus Studios on Vimeo.
For a recent uni assessment, we had to identify some mentors/ individuals that we looked up to. One of the people I chose was Scott Schuman, the man behind The Sartorialist. I love his work and perception of style. I think he has a very interesting/beautiful way of viewing the world and people around him. I came across this short film by Intel which follows Schuman as he wanders the streets with his camera. It is really well put together and definitely worth a watch!
So I have finally gotten around to selecting and editing photos (with the help of the lovely Teresa Tan) from my menswear last year.
We were assigned a designer (in my case D&G) and had to create a look which reflected the label and our personal aesthetic.
Here is the result:
I hope you like it : )
Model: Carrick Campbell
Photographer: Simon Howard
A big thank you to all the wonderful people who helped out and gave moral support along the way!
Last night I went to Finders Keepers markets and I hope you did too! The entire space was buzzing with excitement, filled with people of all ages.
I must say that CarriageWorks is a spectacular location to have events. The exposed industrial metal and wood really set a wonderful vibe.
My success purchase of the night was a blank recipe book from Write to Me. I am not a very good cook so my plan is to compile all the recipes that I would like to make, so that I can easily reference them whenever I want! It was very difficult not to buy absolutely everything from Write to Me as their stuff is so inspiring! I immediately came home and checked out their website/ blog which makes you want to step back from computers and pull out the good old pencil and paper. Check it out here … http://writetomestationery.wordpress.com/
“If you think about it, the sport/fashion mix was inevitable, for the two are essentially about the same thing: the pursuit of physical perfection”
(Parrinder 2000 as cited by Gale & Kaur 2004, p. 83)
For my dissertation, I am looking into the influence of fashion on sporting wear. I will be exploring Yohji Yamamoto’s collaboration with Adidas to create Y-3. As i was going about my research I stumbled across the trailer for the documentary ‘Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream” which follows Yamamoto as he puts together the Y-3 spring summer 2010 collection. Directed by Theo Stanley, the documentary will give an insight into the moulding of fashion and sporting which is Y-3. The trailer is beautifully shot and allows a brief look into the intriguing world of Yamamoto.
To view the trailer click here