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Portfolio overview: Project Me

The fourth project made during Graduate Diploma CSM ( 2015-16). 'What do you surround yourself with? What would the most authentic, unashamedly fabulous version of yourself look like?' Starting off with a stupid name and a proposition that was just too grand - like a dangerous mission on a sci-fi movie - Project Me was a chance to stop trying to be Fashion, and mix up my special blend of Kawaii Madness & Confusion to be added to my beloved everyday clothes. A sense of familiarity was meant to be kept with instantly recognisable pieces - a varsity jacket, Breton shirts, a kilt - but with proportions, colours and motifs that only a cartoon character would wear.         "Just this...

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Portfolio overview: McQueen project

The third project made during Graduate Diploma CSM ( 2015-16). Theatrical, dark, extreme. Every adjective used to describe Alexander McQueen's persona and work felt like the polar opposite of how I saw myself, so how could I relate deeply with this project and design a collection where my voice wouldn't get lost in his universe? My answer was to create a story of the light at the end of tunnel: a drowned world of anthropomorphic goldfish, inspired by Japanese tales and Ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. And the results were... Meh. I didn't bomb this one completely, but I didn't do the assignment: this project was all about creating textile samples worthy of McQueen's most extravagant runway shows, and I did a much better job at...

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Portfolio overview: Cutting project

The second project made during Graduate Diploma CSM ( 2015-16). Being half-Japanese but growing up in Brazil, the kimono had always been an elusive piece to me. And even though I studied in Tokyo for 2 years, it was only in London, many years later, that I bought my first one! Traditionally worn in a very constricting way and with MANY layers as not to show any skin, in this project I wanted to use similar geometrical pattern pieces to make a more dramatic silhouette. Great ideas but zero execution? Get off Pinterest already, you won't learn anything until you start cutting and making! There's no need to spend a fortune or reinvent the wheel. But if you know you're gonna get in...

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Portfolio overview: Draping Lights (Shoreditch project)

This is the first project made during Graduate Diploma CSM ( 2015-16). I totally bombed it and couldn't even make a lineup. But I made some cool studies. Feeling lost on an important project? Trial and error's part of the creative process, but what can you do when you're simply stuck? Learn more about my Mentorship sessions (with free resources you can start with). Or keep reading my Fashion Tech support blog. Subscribe to get access to my FREE Resources 

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Mini sketchbook of tailoring techniques

Pictures only. Enjoy! First jacket made at Bunka Fashion College (2009), wool Melton and wool crêpe; taken apart to show construction and finishing.  Traditional tailoring techniques Toiles for designer tailoring   Rib collar and sleeve with piping on a tailored coat Where to learn tailoring: I learned Ready-to-wear tailoring at Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo; then tried the traditional techniques by myself following another textbook. Bunka Fashion College textbooks (English version) available on Amazon, I think; If you can't find them, Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer is an amazing book to start investigating traditional women's tailoring. Interested in studying at Bunka Fashion College? Read my review first: part 1 and part 2. Need special guidance? Click here to learn about my Mentorship...

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