C+CS 16/05/17

Body.

I asked myself what is eclecticism in fashion? I think it is a mix of textures and colors; a combination of diverse, variegated styles combined. Colors and patterns attract customers to garments which fuels sales. These two elements are vital – first impressions will either attract or repel a consumer from a product. Color and pattern have the power to elicit an instant emotional attachment to an item. Often, this attachment can dictate the consumer’s choices in a market full of similar, competing for products. We all like to own items that feel like an expression of who we are. The resurgence of print and pattern in all facets of design has given the consumer a myriad of ways to specifically assert a fierce sense of identity and personality. (Khristian A. Howell, 2015)

Designers use patterns for their work, but why do patterns and prints attract the buyers? I will reason about this question.

Studying the dynamics of the fashion industry, I can suggest that there is an element of playfulness when it comes to self-expression. In his or her everyday life an adult has nowhere to “play”; buying goods and choosing clothing can be a field for this sense of youthful experimentation. I don’t think it is enough just to offer a well-cut dress or suit. For this process to prove fulfilling for a customer, the seller must create the effect of quest or discovery, which can increase customers’ enjoyment, excitement, and gratification. This level of emotional payoff and engagement with the product inspires brand loyalty and fuels sales. In this case, patterns and prints embellish, inspire and appeal emotionally to consumers and can play an important role in their engagement with fashion products.

When designers use someone’s patterns or remodel them, people such as colorists and pattern designers rack their brains in search of ideas for brand new patterns.

Colorist Khrisitian Howell has written a book about Color and Pattern, where she helps people to develop patterns design skills and also to help view the world with the eyes of a designer. It is very interesting and useful to known what inspired her and to know the process of creating her new patterns because you should not be afraid to experiment and look for solutions in different areas of life.

“When I am in the beginning stages of developing new patterns or collections, my studio looks like a war room. I pull out samples I love (both new and archived); countless magazine tears cover my desk, and fresh flowers usually fill the room. I crave imagery to get the creative flow going. Those images are amassed from a variety of source: Fashion, travel, and exploring new sights, cultures, and experiences are the trigger points for me. In the moments when I am immersed in these experiences, I feel the most creatively free.” (Quote Khristian A. Howell, 2015)

Khristian Howell creates unique patterns and uses them for creating products for life: pillows, wrapping sheets, coaster sets, wall calendars, notebooks, card sets and phone cases.

You see already that the world of designers is a world of creativity, improvisation but also a world of knowledge and experience. I will show you this below, how the ancient East and antiques inspire modernity.

Let us begin with a fashion designer Thea Porter, who specialized in ‘bohemian chic’ style.

For reproducing clothes in this concrete style she creates luxurious textile with a middle east patterns with an exotic accent, that inspired her. Thea Porter’s fabulous designs presented ‘bohemian chic’ to 1960s London, New York, and Paris. Frequently combining antique textures with richly patterned silks, her creations were exotic, charming and exceptionally individual. (Fashion and Textile Museum, Thea Porter (2015).

Why exactly patterns?

Print and pattern shapes the social landscape and contributes to the stratum of society, whether through transitional trends, ritualistic cultural traditions or the simple desire to break free from the norm.

Patterns harness the unexpected and make us reassess our surroundings and our vision of the world, allowing us to elevate the mundane and revel in the chaos and clarity pattern can provide. Patterns excite us and enable us to fuel both our imagination and our environment.

While researching sources of inspiration for pattern design, I discovered ‘The Design Library’ – a twelve-thousand-square-foot loft in a converted 1907 fabric mill in New York’s Hudson Valley. It holds more than seven million antique, vintage, modern, and contemporary textiles and swatches, painted patterns, wallpapers, embroideries, yarn dyes, pattern books, and production records from important mills, dating from the 1750s to the present. More than ten thousand designers access the pattern collection each year.

When designers or design teams cone to the Design Library, they often have a specific print type or mood in mind. Other times, designers visit for general inspiration. A stuff consultant learns the client’s ideas, interprets the project’s needs, and pulls a unique array of designs. The focus of these pulls depends on the information provided by the designer. Often it is a visual – a clipping from a newspaper or magazine, or a website image showing a recent runway pattern, for example; sometimes it is verbal, a description of a mood or an era. After taking in the large assortment, the designer sets aside favorites and strong contenders and further pares down the choices to a more realistic grouping for final consideration. The designs ultimately selected may simply initiate the client’s journey of inspiration and direction, or they may find a direct, literal reuse, appearing on a new product much as they did originally.

Exploration sparks ideas that lead to a line or a collection, which in turn inspire individuals in their own creative expression, whether with the clothing they wear or the décor of a home or public space. A nineteenth-century swatch of chintz becomes a stylish shirt, an elegant couch, beautiful stationery. That is the magic that happens when designer interact with this magnificent collection. The Design Library places patterns from the past into today’s most creative hands, sending them back into the world. (Peter Koepke, 2016).

Let us see what Executive Vice President Creative Director, Lee Holman said about using patterns from Design Library:

“The Design Library is a constant source of inspiration as we start the seasonal creative process. The New York headquarters has a broad range of archival print and pattern references that spark the imagination as we build out the mood and trend for the season. The 1961 paper impression flower print was key to bringing the seasonal colors together through an abstract multicolor pattern that connects back to the Lululemon DNA of combining handcrafted techniques with functional fabrications. We showcased the print in our yoga collection and designed it into our most iconic high-rise Wunder Under legging and Energy Bra, enabling our quest to meet her full potential as she pursues as a sweaty workout.”

I chose two designers to show how prints and patterns are born, which become the hallmark of the fashion house.

The designer Marquis Emilio Pucci has created his own unique and recognizable design pattern for his brand Pucci. It is very interesting to know that has inspired him and how and with what he has begun his career.

It was during the ‘50s that Pucci began developing his signature prints: graphic, abstract designs inspired by the world around him – Sicilian mosaics, heraldic banners, Bali Batiks, and African motifs. It was the first time that such pulsing geometric patterns had been incorporated into clothing and the effect was highly original, so much so that the international fashion press, smitten by his bold, radical approach, crowned him “The Prince of Prints”. Each print was like a work of art born upon a silk canvas, framed with a decorative border and signed in the artist’s name – “Emilio”. He brought a luscious, bright color palette to his craft. As a colorist, he was unparalleled and drew inspiration primarily from the natural landscapes of the Mediterranean, but also from the exotic locales to which he traveled. The result was a sophisticated fusion of color which became the hallmark of Pucci design.

Instantly recognizable, Pucci’s glorious and joyful combinations exude energy and emotion and allow the designs of the clothes themselves to remain relatively simple.(About Emilio Pucci http://home.emiliopucci.com/about-emilio-pucci)

Do you know Missoni’s iconic zigzag pattern? If not, cursory research will provide inspiration from a diverse array of art, ethnicities and cultural interests.

Missoni’s the range of color and its unique layout was something that had never been executed before in the world of high fashion, so it was only natural that others would draw upon this aesthetic for years to come. By establishing that beauty never has to be sacrificed, they have inspired American sportswear companies to play with color and line in their products and elevate their practical garments to a form of art. Likewise, Missoni broke new ground in couture and costume within the industry. The brands characterized by bright colors, mesmerizing patterns, and free flowing garments. In fact, they were one of the first companies to use space-dying and computer-aided design (CAD) in the pattern-creating process.

Famous brands that specialized in the pattern not only attract customer’s attention for buying their clothes but also that attract other brand’s attention. For example, budget-friendly mass retailers such as Forever 21 also offer versions of the Missoni look, but without the superior knit quality that can only be attained by using more expensive yarns and construction methods. Forever 21 sells items that draw inspiration from the signature colors and patterns made famous by Missoni.

Their unique style has made them highly coveted. Now, more and more U.S. designers are following Missoni’s lead and using computer aided design to create bolder and more intricate patterns in their textiles (Ganem). Among those inspired by Missoni’s quality and artfulness are designer Diane von Furstenberg and apparel brand Forever 21. Both have recognized that Missoni’s formula has the power of longevity. This fashion house will undoubtedly continue to revolutionize and inspire. After all, nothing says immortality quite like a daring pattern. (Emily Vartanian http://services.library.drexel.edu/static_files/dsmr/Vartanian_Final_Edit.pdf.)

So, imagination and creativity, knowledge and experience, trivialities and everyday life – for the designer can all become a catalyst for work.

Some designers are prescient and can anticipate stylistic trends that have yet to take hold. Others have a knack for finding fresh beauty in an old pattern and can envision exciting ways to repurpose it. Still, others may be highly innovative, able to develop novel blends of art and technology to create a new fabric. The magic lies in all that they can do with an inspiring pattern.

Sometimes a designer chooses to directly replicate a historical pattern; other times, a pattern simply serves as a starting point, igniting a flame of creativity and resulting in very new visual solutions. An eighteenth-century pattern becomes the inspiration for a twenty-first-century design, a fashion print from the past becomes the inspiration for fashion collection today, and so a collection comes to life.

Conclusion.

My essay corresponds to my Final Major project special work and supports the creative and research process that I am making in my FMP. I expanded my knowledge about designer’s inspiring influences and the creative side of patterns used by designers. Books that I have used for writing my essay helped me to create new patterns for my primary research of FMP.  The main points are that I found out how exactly eclecticism is incorporated into collections and where designers find new ideas for a creating pattern for their new collections.  I answered the questions that I have mentioned in my introduction. I have presented the research in an interesting way and with a help of sources, that relate to my theme, I have answered the question “ How do designers use patterns in their work?”

Bibliography

EMILIO PUCCI. ABOUT EMILIO PUCCI. Available: http://home.emiliopucci.com/about-emilio-pucci. Last accessed 10/05/17.

Emily Vartanian. Missoni: The Influential and Everlasting Power of Pattern. Available: http://services.library.drexel.edu/static_files/dsmr/Vartanian_Final_Edit.pdf. Last accessed 10/05/17.

Fashion and Textile Museum. (2015). Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic. Available: http://www.ftmlondon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/TheaPorter-press-release.pdf. Last accessed 09/0517.

Khristian A. Howell (July 15, 2015). Color and Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design. Beverly, MA 01915: Rockport. page of impact of pattern design. Last accessed 10/05/17.

Peter Koepke (2016). Patterns Inside The Design Library. London: Phaidon. p9. Last accessed 10/05/17.

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C&CS 09/05/17

I have changed a little my introduction :

The topic of my Final Major Project is «Eclecticism» and as my specialism is fashion promotion, I will focus on the fashion industry. I am interested in how fashion collections are created, how fashion designers and artists work, and what inspires them to create their collections. To begin, I will research how exactly eclecticism is incorporated into collections by focusing on the following aspects:

Approach: patterns, prints

I will concentrate on patterns and prints in fashion. Patterns – from traditional to abstract – attract people. Why does that happen? Is the pattern or print an expression of personality?

How do designers create patterns, or where do they find them? We need to understand this, because patterns are an important element of eclectic style.

Creativity

I want to explore the creative side of pattern use by designers. This will include studying the inspiration and meanings behind patterns and their inspiring influence on seasonal collections, as well as the technical side. Fashion is closely connected with art, and, often, the collections of artists from different periods turn into catalyst for imaginative, fashionable pattern or print design.

I mixed my opinion with a pharafrasing from book. from Book Khristian A. Howell (July 15, 2015). Color and Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design. Beverly, MA 01915: Lockport.

I asked myself; what is eclecticism in fashion? I think it is a mix of textures and colours; a combination of diverse, variegated styles combined. Colours and patterns attract customers to garments which fuels sales. These two elements are vital – first impressions will either attract or repel a consumer from a product. Color and pattern have the power to elicit an instant emotional attachment to an item. Often, this attachment can dictate the consumer’s choices in a market full of similar, competing products. We all like to own items that feel like an expression of who we are. The resurgence of print and pattern in all facets of design has given the consumer a myriad of ways to specifically assert a fierce sense of identity and personality. ( pharafrasing from Book Khristian A. Howell (July 15, 2015). Color and Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design. Beverly, MA 01915: Rockport. page of impact of pattern design).

When I wrote my opinion about  why do patterns and prints attract the buyers? 

Studying the dynamics of the fashion industry, I can suggest that there is an element of playfulness when it comes to self-expression. In his or her everyday life an adult has nowhere to “play”; buying goods and choosing clothing can be a field for this sense of youthful experimentation. I don’t think it is enough just to offer a well-cut dress or suit. For this process to prove fulfilling for a customer, the seller must create the effect of quest or discovery, which can increase customers’ enjoyment, excitement and gratification. This level of emotional payoff and engagement with the product inspires brand loyalty and fuels sales. In this case, patterns and prints embellish, inspire and appeal emotionally to consumers and can play an important role in their engagement with fashion products.

Patterns and prints enable buyers to discover their own style or image:

1) Personal style. All people are different, while there is a limited number of apparel models: trousers, skirt, blouse, shirt, jacket, coat. While the cut of clothing allows us to take into account the physiological characteristics of the customers, the patterns and prints appeal to their psychological needs.

2) Prints and patterns, if correctly selected, allow the correction of shortcomings or peculiarities of the buyers’ shapes.

3) Prints and patterns allows one’s self-expression through and due to the clothing. In my opinion, such trendy thing as a tattoo took a lot from the fashion. After all, tattoos are actually prints and patterns as well, but just placed on the body. However, their relevance in fashion is much higher, as they let you change, select, and combine more often.

When I found a good information about why patterns are beguiling in a book Jude Stewart (2015). Patternalia. New York, London : Bloomsbury. p2-3.). This is important to know, because designers create patterns, and customer buy these pattern and there is a reason why.

What makes pattern so persistently beguiling? Each pattern starts with an abstract formula: a figure, a plane, and a few rules about spacing, repeating or interconnecting the figures. Observed up close, it is a pleasure to unravel a pattern’s signature, to reverse-engineer how it is made. Its ability to grow and grow- its whiff of infinity alters. Writ large, a plane of surging dots or speeding lines seems to slow down, recede.

 

C+CS 02/05/17 Writing the body of the study

For writing the body of the study I have 4 books:

  1.  Patternity. A New Way of Seeing: The inspirational power of pattern,
  2. Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns, Jude Stewart.
  3. Color and pattern, Khristian A. Howell
  4. Patterns Inside the design Library, Peter Koepke

I will start to write my essay using these book. For further information, I am planning research articles about artist’s inspirations and designer’s interviews.

The body of the study 1st part:

I asked myself about what is eclecticism in fashion. It is a mix of textures and motley colors. It is a combination of diverse and variegated styles and a combination of patchy and manifold pattens. Especially colors and patterns attract customers to try on an item and after buying it. In the shops, people make a choice about what they will check out first. The first level of attraction that pulls customers in one direction or another – it is a color. What is a close second? Not surprisingly its a pattern. These two elements are vital in that split – second first impression that will either attract or repel a consumer from a product. Color and pattern have the power to elicit an instant emotional attachment to an item. Often, this attachment can dictate the consumer’s choices in a market full of similar, competing for products. We all like to own items that feel like an expression of who we are. The resurgence of print and pattern in all facets of design has given the consumer a myriad of ways to specifically assert fierce senses of identity and personality. ( Book Khristian A. Howell (July 15, 2015). Color and Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design. Beverly, MA 01915: Rockport. page of an impact of pattern design)

C+CS Writing Introduction 25/04/17

I changed the title of my essay because I could not find enough academic information to start to write it. My new title is “How do artists use pattern in their work?”.  Patterns are the important part of my FMP title ” Eclecticism”, so I chose to focus on them. Furthermore, I have found good books, that ca help to answer on my essay title-question.

Today I finished writing my introduction. I have answered a question: Explain how you interpret the title; What issues/topics are you going to explore?; What will be your focus?; What will your essay show?. My introduction consists of only my words.

My introduction:

The topic of my Final Major Project is «Eclectisicm» and as a fashion promotion student, I am focusing on people such as fashion designers and stylists who work in the fashion industry. By choosing the title of my essay, I want to show what has inspired fashion workers to use eclecticism in their work like fashion collections and advertising editorials. I am going to explore people from the fashion industry that focuses on eclectic style. My focus will be on Patternity in fashion what is it, why it attracts people and how they create it because patterns are a part of the eclectic style. My essay will show the part of fashion artists’ works and the meaning of it and their print inspiration for seasons. My essay will demonstrate the impact of pattern design and the power of it.

C&CS 28/03/17

Variants of titles for my essay:

How eclecticism in fashion has changed?

What is the difference between eclectic style in the 70s and nowadays?

Why was eclecticism so popular in the 70s and how it changed thru the years?

-individual freedom how what influenced on the appearance of eclecticism. reflection on social status

How the desire for freedom influenced on the appearance of a new style in fashion?

Contextual Studies 21/03/17

On my lesson I received a printout with a guide to CSVPA magazines. I looked on vogue archive  and I read the last Vogue US and I researched for an article about eclecticism for finding good material, that can help me to write my essay. Me and my tutor found article ‘ Fashion, Postmodernity and Personal Appearance: A Symbolic Interactionist, Authors : Susan B. Kaiser, Richard H. Nagasawa and Sandra S. Hutton. I will read it and I think that it can be useful for me. After I will read article I will continue my research.

Second source is that I found is Fashion in 70s, May Swenson. As I am focusing on 70s, because eclectic style has appeared in this years, this resourse might be helpful for me ( https://www.jstor.org/stable/20593024?Search=yes&resultItemClick=true&searchText=70s&searchText=fashion&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3Fhp%3D25%26amp%3BQuery%3D70s%2Bfashion%26amp%3Bso%3Drel%26amp%3Bfc%3Doff%26amp%3Bacc%3Doff%26amp%3Bprq%3D70s%2Bstyle%26amp%3Bwc%3Don&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents )

Third source is 20th Century, Jane Adlin and Amelia Peck. There are information about textiles and patterns. I think that it can help me, because I am focusing on prints and patterns for my Final Major Project Theme “Eclecticism” ( https://www.jstor.org/stable/3258792?Search=yes&resultItemClick=true&searchText=fashion&searchText=20th&searchText=century&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dfashion%2B20th%2Bcentury%26amp%3Bhp%3D25%26amp%3Bso%3Drel%26amp%3Bacc%3Doff%26amp%3Bwc%3Don%26amp%3Bprq%3Dfashion%2B19th%2Bcentury%26amp%3Bfc%3Doff&seq=5#page_scan_tab_contents )

C&CS 07/03/17

Eclectic Style. Eclectic Fashion.

More is more and less is a bore ( @ Iris Apfel )

Electric style is mixing of different style, prints and patterns.

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Tamu McPherson on MFW2017

 

( photo from http://www.styledumonde.com/2017/02/milan-fashion-week-fall-2017-street-style-tamu-mcpherson/ )

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Yasmin Sewell on MFW 2017

( photo from http://www.styledumonde.com/2017/02/milan-fashion-week-fall-2017-street-style-yasmin-sewell/ )

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Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert on MFW 2017

( photo from http://www.styledumonde.com/2017/02/milan-fashion-week-fall-2017-street-style-giovanna-battaglia-engelbert-prada/ )

Eclectic style is not about conventional or traditional fashion. It is about uniqueness and personal style. You always have to be daring yet sensible if you want to be eclectic. Eclectic dressing is not similar to Bohemian dressing, though. So, you do not have to wear frilly skirts and tops all the time. ( By Joe Caparas,  http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Dress-With-an-Eclectic-Style&id=4845805 )

For styling “eclecticism”, for example, you can wear silk dress in pastel colors with brogues and leather jacket or wear top in stripes with skirt in chess print.

Believe it or not, fashion trends usually follow the eclectic style. That is why designers often incorporate new pieces with old pieces. Sometimes, they also use recycled materials with brand new materials.( Joe Caparas, 

Eclectic collection.

Gucci presents eclectic co-ed collection at Milan Fashion Week 2017. Alessandro Michele outdid himself in eclecticism on Wednesday with a foxy joint men and women’s collection for Gucci.

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Gucci runway AW2017/18

Flower leggings were worn under shorts, with knee-high boots and a kooky frontpack — a backpack worn on the chest. With bags also used as the clasp of waist-high belts, coats took over as backpacks, not worn but carried hanging off straps. Hairstyles ranged from slicked-back school-marm, worn with glittering glasses, to cascading curls. ( February 23, 2017, https://fashionunited.com/news/fashion/gucci-presents-eclectic-co-ed-collection-at-milan-fashion-week/2017022314799 )

How to wear eclectic style in daily life ( Work&Office)? 

Forgot about minimalism and classic style. Add some patterns and colour to your outfits, even if you are going on work in office. I will give some examples and I challenge you to wear these pieces to work.

The trick here is to make a statement without being too over-the-top. Ahead, we break down how to pull off spring’s most eclectic trend at the office, illustrated by designers like Joseph Altuzarra, Miuccia Prada, and Marc Jacobs. Consider this your foolproof guide to shining bright, even when you are the boss. ( By Priya Rao  JANUARY 27, 2016 http://www.instyle.com/how-tos/how-to-wear-spring-2016-embellishment-trend-office ).

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Prada show SS 2016

You can add massive earrings to neutral color look, as on Prada’s show SS2016 and dilute classic jacket with patterned mini skirt and pointy-toe flats work well.

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Alexander McQueen show SS2016

Neutralize a too-fancy top, like Alexander McQueen’s silvery fringed tunic, with loose black trousers and sneakers. Throw on a blazer during the day and slip it off once happy hour starts. ( By Priya Rao  JANUARY 27, 2016 ).