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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.

My partner is currently finishing his second year at Nottingham Trent University studying Photography, Where He spent the majority of this year working closely with the fashion design students and photographing there final Degree collections for lookbooks/editorials ect, I was lucky enough to be able to go and view the degree show and exhibitions and was stunned by the catwalk show and the whole setup of the displays, Also very proud of Ryans photography that was Showcased on almost every Display in the building.

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Seeing All this work showcased completely inspired me to step it up a notch with my own end of year display, i very much wanted it to be of this standard.

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



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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 Derek Fortas – Coal Story

‘photography exhibition’


I wasn’t lucky enough to see this photo series be exhibited, but i definitely would of .I was hugely inspired by the darkness in these photos. The unfortunate, depressive states the coal miners face are recognizable and hugely obvious throughout. It was his personal response to the history of solidarity movement in Poland.


Seo Young Deok – Korean Artist


When you learn that Seo Young has spent the last year molding a load of bike chains worth an estimated £25,000 into the shape of a human head.  You’d think he was committed to his work. But also i think he just has a very clear vision of  industrialization and the current human condition. His work material mostly consists of chains,  hes known for creating abstract sculptures of the human body

Anouk Wipprecht – Dutch, Fashion Designer

Electric couture is her niche and ‘fashionable technology’ is her main aim

Her creations are a very fine line between fashion and fine art, her use of materials creates a ‘sci fi’/ ‘robotic’ effect but also keeps it very subtle,  and feminine,  using pale colour stories,

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Sam Voulters – My new all time favourite stylist

I love his flamboyancy. hes too much.

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Tim Walker – Mechanical dolls for vogue Italia October 2011

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