This week's challenge:
"Use an inspiration from your past to create a look for the pages of Marie Claire in 2034. You can be inspired by a memory, a feeling, by a place…it is completely up to you. The judges want to see what the future looks like as filtered through your design esthetic." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
During the show they focused on 1994, which happens to be the year I graduated from High School. I know - 20 years ago! Ouch! Way to remind me that I'm getting old.
Anyhoo... back in 1994 my dad gave me a dress that my great grandparents had imported from China for their store aptly named Hong Kong Imports. He'd been keeping it for me until I was able to fit into it.
Unfortunately, I didn't inherit the tiny Chinese hips from my dad's side of the family. Instead, my German hips from my mother proved to be impossible to stuff into the very beautiful golden Chinese dress.
I started with that and then thought about the future. I think fashion is cyclical, so something from the past will always be in style. Because I think this world is heading for continued conflict, I think there will be a return to 1940's wartime frugalness. A design made from simple cottons with a closer fit to get the most out of a small piece of fabric. Remember those fantastic shirt dresses? The ones with the smaller, less gathered bottoms than in the 1950s? But at the same time, I think Asia is going to be a strong force in the future as it is becoming now.
So here's what I came up with from all those ideas.
Simple cotton with a close to the body fit.
Sally is modeling for me this week. Her purple hair seemed a little futuristic to me.
Adding an Asian mandarin collar to a Barbie dress is redonk! Just saying. It does look nice and give this dress the Asian flare that I wanted. I also added slightly lifted cap sleeves for a "future type" new element.
The dress opens at the front and has several darts in the bodice and pleats in the skirt to give it that fitted, yet clean and simple look.
Doesn't her butt look good in this dress? hehehe
The judges thought I had way too much explanation this week which is never a good thing. I should have let the clothes speak for me. I might have come up with too simple a design and not executed it to the perfection needed to pull it off. Not really a show stopper for the pages of a magazine. But my design style was definitely in there and I was able to defend (even with the long winded explanations).
I didn't choose anything off the accessory wall this week because there was nothing simple enough for the look I was going with. I think women will finally learn that heels are the devil in the future. At least I hope they will.
What do you think? Kinda boring mom dress this week? Or clean, simple, thought out design? I'm kind of torn between the two myself.
To check out all of the other designers' futuristic designs, click on the Flickr Group.