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Mechanical, a brief written by myself in order to explore my skills and show off my knowledge of fashion, in completion of my 2 year college course and transition to salford university studying Fashion Styling and Image Making.

The purpose was to produce a range of outcomes in my chosen area, as an aspiring stylist i had already decided styling was what i wanted to do, aswell as take full controll over everything in between, obviously. after choosing a theme and some form of direction to give all of my ideas purpose and meaning, i was able to further develop them into a clear Concept and i could predict my outcome. I got the majority of my ideas and objective from visiting car garages and workshops using machines, firstly just to draw shapes and colour stories from the machinery but then i began studying the uniforms  this caused me to get inspiration from oil stains, ripped overalls and steel toe capped boots.

Using my wide range of skills learnt i had used multiple media to produce a range of outcomes. initially i only expected to produce a range of photographs in which id styled the models to my specific taste, but after gathering more and more research i opened my mind and also created a range of accessories and customised 3 whole outfits to get to my final photo shoot  in the development stage i used the Lightbox to transfer lines of of engine specification drawings onto design sheets, this was to decide on the final overall suits in my photos, whilst doing this i decided to play around more with light and projection and enjoyed projecting parts of engines and machines onto my models because i loved the effect of human skin and such detailed machines combined into a photograph. I also did a number of my final pictures in a studio taking full control of studio lighting and shot all my images myself on a Canon 5D Mark 3.

In conclusion i exceeded my expectations regarding my finished brief. Im extremely happy because i didnt have to adapt my ideas in anyway, only push them to produce more.

The more time i spent at The manchester college’s – Ford Car garage the more i imagined my final outcome, a street wear approach with a industrialised, workwear feel. I wanted to change the way overalls were viewed and try and reduce the masculinity and stereotypical ‘geezer’ attitude worn by mechanics. i wanted to learn where this stereotype had come from,  i also wanted to explore the transition from ‘boy’ to ‘man’.

After purchasing the specific colours and suits sizes i wanted, I began reviewing my drawings and tried to decide which designs i would like to go with. I dont consider myself a designer, but during my time at college I’ve learnt the basic skills to pattern cutting and garment construction, and due to this project been my Final Major College Project, i wanted to use the wide range of skills ive learnt during my time there. i didn’t want to complete a full design cycle and have my main outcome as a collection, but i wanted to customise my garments and take full control over photography/styling/design/garments. i had quite a few ideas regarding re-dyeing, embellishment, cropped sleeves/no sleeves, and treating the fabric ie bleaching.

Below are a few photos of the suits before i ‘re styled’ them
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On one suit i added zips onto pockets, and removed the collar also decided to crop the sleeves. above i styled it with a plain orange beanie.

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The Steampunk trend started in the 1980s but is most commonly seen in science fiction themed films, its becoming more common as a subculture and some people adapt there way of life and consider there self ‘Neo- victoriansm’ they modify there clothes, home furniture, personal style and music/film taste. There Outfits have no guidelines, but mostly resemble modern styles influenced by the Victorian era.

Steampunk inspired outfits tend to include either: time pieces, aircraft goggles, and ray guns but also occasionally modern items are used, after been modified to look like there from the victorian era, Steam punk fashion has become more mainstream and is seen responsible for the ‘Romantic goth Subculture’ . I enjoy the combination of both machinery and fashion. Thomas Willeford; Designer, Artist, Writer and maker of steampunk, is very well known for the ‘Arm’ he created out of machinery Image

Steam punk was also heavily fueled by Military style garments, tailored suits, coats, vests and of course top hats.

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With the first mention of my end of college FMP (final major project) it was a clever decision that my first initial starting place was London, London was the place to be to refresh my memory, renew my mind and learn new things regarding whats happening with fabrics and what the current/ new trends are on the London streets.

I visited many Gallery’s whilst i was in London but my favorites were The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, Where i viewed the ‘Becoming Picasso’ Exhibition and then the ICA where i viewed Juergen Tellers ‘WOO’ Photography exhibition, the wide range of fashion, portraiture and mostly nude pictures were impressive. Also very shocking  when a  print the size of a billboard of Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, completely nude  Dominated a plain white room with nothing more than a women standing in the corner as a sort of security,  i considered his photography to be absolutely beautiful and was stunned by the amount of designers and labels hes photographed for. later browsing the street trends on brick lane and collecting a few fabric samples from SOHO i was feeling excited to review my research and further explore using WGSN to secure a clear theme, also what area i wanted to base the project, with it been design or styling.

Below ive posted a few pictures from my trip!