Fashion Folio CSM '14-15
RESEARCH - Textile Development - Design DEVELOPMENT - garment construction
Boro: "a class of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together. The term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. As hemp was more widely available in Japan than cotton, they were often woven together for warmth. [...] Furthermore, during the Edo period fabrics made from silk and cotton were reserved for only a select portion of the upper class. Boro thus came to predominately signify clothing worn by the peasant farming classes, who mended their garments with spare fabric scrapes out of economic necessity. In many cases, the usage of such a boro garment would be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending." - Boro (textile), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boro_(textile)&oldid=831151128
Using Sashiko stitching, distressing and painting, this project focuses on creating beautifully weird textile samples instead of trying to replicate the traditional Boro look with patchwork.
References to the classic American denim plus white shirt workwear are added to the Japanese influences to further inform materials and silhouettes, and larger versions of the samples are used for drapings on an actual person for Design Development, resulting in both oversized, exploding shapes and minimalistic white shirts.
Do you need Portfolio advice?
I admit, I used to be absolutely clueless about making a portfolio.
I didn't know what to include, or how to organise and present it to highlight my best skills… No wonder I got so many NOs despite knowing how to cut, sew and draw!
My turning point was Fashion Folio: a full-time portfolio making course, divided in three terms, and I attended ALL of them to make the portfolio above and apply to Central Saint Martins' Graduate Diploma course.
And even though I never did another project on Boro, this project helped me figure out how I produce my best work, revived my love for Japanese costume and vintage clothes, and it also got me into experimenting with textile samples and mixed-media collages.
On the other hand…
As it's true for all CSM Fashion courses, the reality is:
Nobody will actually teach you anything. There are no classes, no subjects, and you have to come in with your own skills.
Plus, top Fashion schools are tough and expensive - as in, you could end up paying over £30,000 per year to be treated like sh*t sometimes.
They like to squeeze the best out of you with yelling, brutally honest feedback or ignoring you until you come back with better stuff.
And there's no guarantee you'll get that cool job you want after you graduate.
Be bold: Ask for a smarter way.
Have you ever heard the saying “You don't know what you don't know”?
I surely didn't know what course leaders or employers wanted to see in my portfolio when I left my first Fashion course. And it wasn't any Fashion course, I went to Bunka Fashion College, in Tokyo! But things are different in Japan, and nobody was talking about portfolios.
I wasted too much time in a vicious circle, following advice that looked good on the outside…but was actually total BS, then feeling frustrated getting NO after NO after NO.
Or just no replies to my many emails and applications.
Feeling stuck while you wait for that lucky break sucks.
Let me help you avoid the same traps I fell into - all while we focus on how to make the best out of the strengths you've already got.
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