Continuing from last week, we are creating an original gown through the Collaborative Couture project. As we are creating this gown, something to consider are trends in fashion. "Trends in fashion" doesn't refer just to apparel and accessories. Additionally, it refers to beauty, such as hair, nails, and make up, and also home fashions such as bedding, furniture, rugs, art, dishes, and a whole lot more!
Even though this is an original gown, it should still speak to the style of the time, and at least consider the current trends. After all, it's been said again and again (at least in the world of design), nobody designs in a vacuum. Things around a person, influence a person. They also influence designers. A piece that is designed today will look like it, and it should!
Trend research starts by observing what is around you. What are people wearing? What do you see in your friends' homes? What is on the shelves in stores? An important distinction is I am not trend forecasting... If I was creating designs now to be sold 18 months from now, I would need to forecast what will be happening in trends then, which is it's own statistics based art. Since this will be worn in just a few months, today's trends will most likely still be quite current.
As far as visual fashion trends, I took a look around and saw the following things (for the original sources, please see my PInterest page):
Obviously, I will not be incorporating ALL of these things into this one design. I looked at many types of examples of each of these things and saw how they are incorporated into their respective designs. Then I decided (and am still deciding) if there is a way that I would like to incorporate them into this new design.
I started by going back to my original inspiration (remember that whole Garden of Life theme?) I noticed some things in the nature /garden pictures I pinned: Ombre color effects and scallops. Additionally, since this is a ball, which is a glamorous event, I also like the sequin trend and the lace trend. I will be looking no further into Words or Pom-pom trends for this project.
I am not sure yet if we will incorporate all of the stated trends into the same gown. I do know that I love the idea of lace on a formal gown and I love sequins on a glamorous gown! With that being the case, I did a bit of fabric shopping!
I purchased some fabrics. We can't use them all. It will be too much. Anyway, to continue forward with this design, I need to pick the bodice fabric. It will determine how I choose to shape the skirt. I chose gold because it seems both formal and glamorous without being bridal-- something we want to avoid at a ball! So without further ado, please vote for one!
As a reminder, you can vote up to THREE times! On the Restitch Studio Facebook Page, on Instagram @ RestitchStudio, and right here in the comment section of the blog! Remember to share with your friends so they can join in the fun and help to create a one in a million gown, too!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!