Studio LP8 Frida Kahlo

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  FRIDA KAHLO

We visited Brooklyn Museum for the Frida Kahlo exhibit on March 3. This exhibit includes the art works, her jewelry pieces, and all the wearable pieces of her.

My sketches of the three art pieces that I chose.

 

The first piece is a necklace that assembled by Frida.The stones were from a grave in Mexico during 250-900 CE. I first noticed this object because the material is very unique. The size is big and color is a very beautiful green. The stone in the middle looks like a shape of hand. I image the picture Frida Kahlo wear it during a non-work day for party or dinner. This piece refers the nation of beauty during that time is close to the nature. Nature color, nature materials, and nature shape.

 

The second piece is a woven cloth bag that made by Edward Weston. This bad is made in Mexico during 1926, and it made of gelatin  and silver print. I noticed the embroidery of the bag. It is very colorful and bright. I guess Frida used it to match her colorful  dresses. Because this bad is handmade so  it show that handmade objects shows the nation of beauty in Mexico.

 

The third piece is a dress that belong to Frida. I noticed this dress because of its color, the green top and violet dress remind me of the use of color in GUCCI. I think Frida usually wear it in daily life. This dress shows that Mexican and Frida herself prefers colorful clothes than monotone color.

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Fashion object:Lace headdress and skirt

Date: before 1954

Creator: Juchian

Materia: Lace, cotton, ribbon

My first impression about this dress is wedding. Because this dress is so dreamy and pretty, and it includes headdress that often used in wedding.  In the picture on the right, Frida wears the same headdress. This painting is painted by Frida Kahlo in 1943. In this self portrait, Frida painted his husband on her forehead, with the lace and flower pattern on the headdress, it shows a feeling of love. The painting could only shows the headdress, and the style of the headdress is unusual so I was confused about what is around her head until i saw the actual dress.

 

My reflection

I like this exhibit because it shows all her life to us. Not only the paintings that painted by Frida, this exhibit includes her personal stuffs, such as jewelry,  bags and clothes. Those things helped me to know the artist better. Moreover, when I saw the connection between those stuffs and her painting,  I felt the thoughts and feeling of Frida, I kind of kewn why Frida includes those elements in her works. In addition,  the medical corset  impressed me a lot. It remind me that Frida is not a normal woman, she experienced a terrible accident that changed her life. But the colorful painting and drawing on the corset still shows her love to this world.

Studio LP10

The first week of construction

The three garments of my design are a corset, sleeves and a skirt. For the first week of my construction, I made my muslin pattern and sew them together. My artist is Salvador Dali, and my design is inspired by his fashion style. Salvador Dali loves suits, so I included many suit elements in my design. The process of making my muslin pattern was the most difficult part of my design process. I used a size 6 mannequin which is a little bigger than me, so I had to fix the clothes that suit my body. Spending more time in the step means saving time for later steps.

STUDIO LP14

LP Post: Research: 3 Photo Shoots 

There are 3 photo shoots that inspire me

This photo is from Ellie Baygulov at The Portland Studio.

I choose this photo because the background is very clean so that the details of the clothes are clear. For my own photoshoot, I want to find a similar white background and a chair from the classroom to make a simple “studio” like that.

Photographer: Leslie Zhang

I like this photo because the gesture of the model looks so weird and confident. i like this quirky style so for my own photoshoot I will try to make some wired posture and angles.

 

 

Coco Rachel wears total look VERSACE for DSCENE ISSUE 10

The use of light in this photo is very creative and interesting. The red light added a natural filter. Light is very important in photo shoot, I will make sure the light in each photo.

Seminar-Reflections

Seminar and studio are two related course that have the same topic but different approaches. Seminar is more about researching but studio is more about hand craft.  It was very necessary that  reading some articles and research paper while I was designing and making the clothes, so seminar class is the place that offers me all that writing and reading works. After I got all the background information and thesis in the seminar, my designs got a meaning behind them, it has the culture and social background and my own thoughts.

studio LP9-my artist and inspiration

The reason why I chose Salvador Dali as my artist is that his personal image is as strong as his paintings. To design clothes based on an artist, i need both the artist’s painting and himself  are strong enough to give me an illusion. Dali is famous for his dream-like oil painting, but his personal style catches people’s attention. He likes exaggerated patterns and colors such as leopard print, purple. He is obsessed with  suits. When I searched his image online, most of the pictures of him was in nice suits.

My work is based on two parts of Dali. His personal fashion style and his paintings. suits, upward moustache, and his dream-like painting.

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Examples of his works

Studio LP7. Fur headdress

My jewelry project is a set of headdress that composed by six hairpins  , inspired by a Qing dynasty golden headdress that I saw at the met museum. My fur headdress is made by the fur that i cut from my kitten.

 

There is a story behind my project. Last week me and my roommate was giving a grooming to my kitten juju by ourselves , but my roommate accidentally cut juju’s skin so we had to go to the emergency pet hospital. During that night I realized that how important juju to me. Even though we didn’t grooming Juju successfully but I kept the fur that we cut off and decided to make my studio bridge 2 by that fur.

After I got those fur, I started to do some experiments with different materials that i have.  I did The first sample by fur, rubber and watercolor, and glue them to  together  by hot glue gun. After that, i found out another better method to play with the fur—wool felt.

 

I will keep posting and adding my reflection later.