Favourite Fashion Films Vol.II

A couple of weeks ago I presented you a list of my favourite fashion movies/short films/video ad campaigns. This time I’m changing the theme a bit: Still fashion related, but todays clips are all about the behind-the-scenes. My favourite thing! I love peeking into studios and see artisans working their magic.

Savoir Faire Haute Couture Summer 2013 – Chanel (I honestly love every single one of the Chanel savoir faire videos, but I think this one is my favourite)

Haute Couture Summer 2014 – Schiaparelli

Haute Couture Summer 2011 – Dior

Lace Macrame – Valentino

How a Dior Dress is made – Refinery29

Inside Chanel’s Subsidiary, Lognon, Pleater – BoF

Harris Tweed – National Geographic

Below I have a couple of clips for you that illustrate the design process behind collections and that show the many places inspiration can come from (literally anywhere!).

Autumn 2011 – Anthropologie

Sunset Road – Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Summer 2015 Inspiration – Erdem

Creative Minds with Christopher Kane – Business of Fashion

If you have 9 minutes to spare, watch this video about the bespoke leather jackets of Atelier Savas. If that isn’t the coolest thing I’ve ever seen…
And if you have a bit more time, I can highly recommend you watch Alexa Chung’s The Future of Fashion series she created with British Vogue. It’s hilarious and informative at the same time and really explains how the industry works. Here is a link to the whole playlist as well.

And last, but not least, make sure to go back to my first post about fashion films – I added another video to the list!

Currently – Spring 2017

Stopping by again! I thought I’d give you a little live-update and you fill you in.

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(There was a fantastic exhibition at the Bank Austria Kunstforum recently… I just love these colours, they are my favourites at the moment!)

Good news first – I’m currently working on the women’s costumes for a small theatre production here in Vienna. It takes place in ca. 1935 – I’ve obviously been looking at a lot of vintage patterns and illustrations and really fell in love with that era! Not as loose as the late twenties, but not yet as structured as the 1940ies. I can highly recommend the book “Everyday Fashions of the 30s as Pictured in Sears Catalogs” by Stella Blum, it’s been really helpful and very inspiring!

Now for the not so good ones…. Remember when I said I was preparing my portfolio for the University of Applied Arts? Well, I didn’t get in. They liked my portfolio, but then weren’t convinced of my work during the actual exam. My next chance is the Academy of Fine Arts, the admission tests are in June. I hope I have more luck then!

And that’s about it, I think. I’m seriously looking forward to the easter holidays, because a) school is really going on my nerves at the moment and b) I’ve been in Vienna for three whole months now and I just need to get out! Ever since I moved out of my parent’s home and away from Salzburg, I’ve never been anywhere for three months straight and it’s killing me. Even if it’s just returning to Salzburg for a week, a change of scene is bitterly needed. I also think that all this staying in one place is part of the reason why I’m feeling so uninspired lately: I need some change. Now. :)

I hope you’re having a relaxing sunday evening and a good start into the week, talk to you soon!

Costume Heaven Pt.II

I still have little free-time at the moment, but I have some older photos to share with you today! I recently looked through all the photos I took in the costume fundus of Art4Art and realised that there are so many more I want to share. I’m just obsessed with all the fabrics, the colours, the details…. so here are a couple more pictures, enjoy!

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Favourite Fashion Films

I’m currently up to my ears in work for my portfolio for the University of Applied Arts (for stage design) – The submission and the exam are next week and I’m kind of finished, I think?
I’m actually dying to do something else, to tackle other creative projects that don’t involve paint, paper, acrylic glass, cardstock…. Something involving fabric and a sewing machine would be nice :)

But for now all I can do to keep myself sane (and calm) and make sure I don’t run out of inspiration is to rewatch my favourite fashion films. Short films packed with inspiration, emotion and, most importantly, beautiful clothes. They are all quite different, the range is from moody and sensual to upbeat and happy and everything in between. The ones below have remained my favourites and are the ones that I could watch over and over again. Hope you’ll enjoy them as well, and if you have recommendations, please tell me!

(Not included are all those wonderful behind-the-scenes clips that take us into the ateliers and show us how it’s all made – maybe I’ll post a compilation of my favourites from this section one day! They are just as fascinating!)

It Had To Be You – Vogue India (accompanying this wonderful editorial)

Once Upon a Time in Sicily – Vogue Japan (there is a version in better quality on vimeo)

Learn the ABC’s of Fashion – i-D magazine

Voyage Seafarius – Tommy Hilfiger

Fashion Against Aids – Dan Martensen for H&M

Castaway – Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Summer 2015 Campaign – Dolce&Gabbana

Rangeen – Free People

The Cruise 2016 Campaign – Gucci

Stranger in a Room – Dior Homme Summer 2016

Mr. Burberry – dir. by Steve McQueen, probably the least ‘fashion’ film, but pretty nonetheless

Sylvani – Lookbook

Here they are, in all their glory! I don’t want to say much, just a big thank you to everyone involved – these photos mean so much to me, I can’t even describe it! I had a hard time picking my favourites: I ended up narrowing them down to these 15, but there are so many more! Well, maybe another time…. We also had a second shoot the next day, at a completely different location with (obviously) a very different result. I’m sure I’ll post them here one day as well. For now, enjoy!

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Coming Very Soon

I’m so excited to finally be able to share the photos from the lookbook-shoot of my graduation collection! I’m super happy with how they turned out, I’ll upload the whole lookbook in the next week or so, stay tuned! For now, a little teaser:

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New Staple

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I’ve dreamed about a stack of Liberty print shirts for a long time. I slowly built a stash of Liberty Tana Lawns, but was still on the hunt for the perfect shirt pattern. Enter the Grainline Studios Archer Button Up Shirt. It ticks all the boxes: It has a loose fit, classic shirt details and an overall masculine vibe, which is something I’m always looking for in shirts – I don’t like tight fitting blouses, I prefer something more loose and casual. What can I say – so far I’ve made three and I have plans for at least four more. I’m also preparing a tutorial for a hack and I want to make a couple without sleeves for summer. Personally, I think it’s the ultimate shirt pattern.

Do you recognize the fabric of the shorts? It’s the same I showed you in the last post, the one I used for the yoyo skirt. The pattern is an old favourite as well – my trusty trousers block, which I just cut off at the desired length. I think that with winter shorts, you can always go a little shorter, because you are wearing them with tights anyway!

Also, this is my entry for the Social Sew! This month’s theme is ‘New Year, New Wardrobe‘ – this shirt will definitely play a huge part in my wardrobe this year, as I finally found the perfect pattern (made in a straight size 8, if you want to know). I’ve wanted to own such shirts for a long time and I feel as if this year might be the year of the Archers. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating bit… Also, in case you’re wondering, this is not a sponsored post, haha! I’m just genuinly happy that I found a pattern that is perfect for me.

It was seriously one of the coldest days and I could not bring myself to take the coat off (it does match the background), so I decided to include a couple of close-ups of the shirt and the shorts. All the seams of both garments are sergerd (using the industrial serger we have in school) and I added a bit of decorative topstitching to the hem of the shorts, but that’s almost invisible. I originally wanted to do french seams on the shirt, but then decided that it was too time-consuming – maybe next time, when I don’t want to bring half-assembled shirts to school just to finish the seams!

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