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After a busy weekend I have now finished my 4 A3 presentation boards for the talk on Wednesday presenting my designs for a dress for Harvey Nichols Autumn/Winter 08/09.

Mood-board and samples:



And Final design…

Just need to get the PowerPoint presentation focusing on the design process together and we’re on the home run.



My design process for designing the dress is based on looking at key trends for Winter 08

  • Ruffle
  • Pussy bow

Once I had the basic designs I scanned these and my fabric samples into my computer. This allowed me to explore different combinations and select the strongest designs.

Design 1:

Designs 2 & 3:

Designs 4 & 5:

Design 6:


I have been sampling like mad for the dress design for Harvey Nichols. My samples have been based on the patterns I have developed by playing with cropping and repeats of the photos I took of signs across the college campus:

We have been asked to explore a wide range of techniques. I have explored the following:

  1. Printing using stencil & opaque ink
  2. Printing using screen printing & opaque ink
  3. Aqua suede applied using stencil and heat press for 1 minute
  4. Foiling using bonda web
  5. Foiling using adhesive applied through stencil
  6. Flocking using bondaweb
  7. Flocking using adhesive applied through stencil
  8. Appliqué using bonda web
  9. Machine embroidery and printing
  10. Reverse appliqué

Some of the most successful techniques included flocking and printing with aqua suede printing ink.

Purple aqua suede:

Stencil printing:

Here are some of the samples which have been mounted in my sketchbook:


One of the key pieces of work that we need to complete this term is the graded unit. This project is to be completed in our own time as part of a self directed project to design a dress for Harvey Nichols.

I have made a start by researching a potential customer group (The Yummy Mummy) and looking at relevent designers and artists based on brands stocked by Harvey Nichols and designers that relate to the trend of Vigour.

See by Chloe:

 Pattern with Eley Kishimoto, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino:


 Celia Birtwell and Chloe Sevigny:


 Orla Kiely, Totty Rocks and Concrete Wardrobe:

My favourite designer – Odd Molly:

Cath Kidston and Antoni & Alison:

Irish Avoca Anthology and Whistles:

Artist Julian Opie and photos of the Telford campus:

All of which will lead to my mood-board and designs for the dress.