For our new assignment, we were given a DKNY project, we were asked to work in a group to create a autumn and winter collection for DKNY 2013. First, we were asked to do our own individual research taking ideas for DKNY archive pieces and new York. I decided to look at New york cathedral I was drawn to the stained glass windows and candles. I started drawing my own interpretations of stained glass window details and experimented with light and candle wax. From there I moved on to funerals and gang culture, I experimented with gang signs trying to make them in to shapes and panels just like the windows. After this, I looked at prison gang tattoos and I experimented how I could use this for different panels for fabric. From looking at prisons, I went back to funerals and looked into autopsy I liked the way they stitched the body back together and thought it would be a good idea for stitching detail on fabric. After we had done all our individual research, we met as a group. In my group were Rosie, Cat, Heather and Chrisse.
Everyone had very different ideas Rosie was looking at graffiti, Cat was looking at falling objects, Chrisse was looking at pleats and Heather was looking at American diners. On the first meeting, we just showed each other our work, nothing much groupy happened around the 2 month when we were told to start collaborating with each other’s work. We had all gone shopping in London to purchase some fabrics so we started putting our fabrics together to see which ones worked best together. We then put all our key images on the wall and all spent the day designing using everyone’s ideas as a whole. We decided to focus on the v-neck from my autopsy, the pleats from chrisses vintage garment, the oversized from cats drawings and the shapes from rosaries DKNY archives. We also decided to mix mine and Rosie’s print together. We made a facebook group so everyone could upload pictures and ideas so the work would always stay updated.
When we all had enough designs we spread them out on a table and picked clothing items we thought fitted best. This was a difficult task because there were so many ideas and designs. We then used the items we had picked to piece together outfits. After we had chosen the outfits we printed loads out and used the given colour palettes to figure out what colours would look best. We decided on pink, cream, tan and black. We also started making more group samples at this point, using each other’s fabrics to see which went best. After we had chosen this we were each er-signed to a different outfit that we would draw and do the working drawings for. We then each did two pages for our group presentation.