A few weeks before Christmas break at university, we were introduced to a new unit: Fashion Imaging and Styling. I don't exaggerate when I say that only the name of it and the presentation they gave us on that day got me really excited and tachycardic. I couldn't help but picturing myself being a famous fashion stylist and seeing my name in the world's most famous fashion magazines. But then it struck me, that I still had another big project to hand in in about 2 weeks (which I will soon post photos of), so immediately I went back to focusing on my t-shirt design, my magazine cover, perfume packaging, swing tag...blah blah blahhh..
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the first project we got given, but at this point I felt like there was WAY too much going through my head, so as my tutors talked and I convinced myself that I had to calm myself down and focus on the "word project", I heard a man's voice (that'd be Karl's-my tutor) saying that a couple of days after our hand-in date, and two days before the end of term we had a ONE DAY PROJECT. That's right...we only had one day to organise ourselves in our groups, decide who the model and the photographer was going to be, style ourselves (make-up, hair, outfit), take the photos, edit them and then print out a final one....
Let me calm down and explain in more detail:
The project called "One era in one day with one dress" consisted of working in pairs with someone we didn't really hang out with from our course and finding a dress that was relevant to an era that was assigned to us by our tutors. We'd have to work together to achieve a final photo that communicated a vintage mood via the outfit, hair, make-up and pose of the model and also the lighting and location of the photograph.
My partner and I were assigned the 1990s-a very diverse and bold era which sounded like it'd be easy to work with. UNTIL we went out to Brighton to find a dress.......I could not believe there was nothing that looked good AND was obviously "nineties".
After doing some research and thinking about it, all that came to my mind was Spice Girls, ridiculous poses, horrible colour combinations and basically anything that seemed "anti-fashion".
I can't lie, working with the 1990s was not the most glamorous thing, but it was definitely FUN.
Here are some photos that we took:
Yes, I know I look like a freak in the photos..but come on, don't tell me this doesn't make you all think of the last decade.
This one day project was definitely a great warm-up for the rest of the unit...and definitely great practice in order to make us be prepared for working in the fast-paced fashion industry.