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Gray for Armani for City Magazine HK.

I love this piece so much, i think it is so striking and bold. 

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Julie Verhoeven

Julie Verhoeven is a British illustrator who is most known for her work in fashion, after collaborating with such designers as Louis Vuitton & Versace. However, she has also worked a lot in books and magazines. She is a design academic at both Central Saint Martins and The Royal College Of Art.

Verhoevens' work has been described as "whimsical" and "Rock & Roll meets rainbow" & In 2012, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London did a huge exhibition of her designs (Over 100) for their permanent collection. 

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Afterwords (2000) was inspired by the horror of having to leave your home at the time of war.Initially Chalayan took the inspiration from how Turkish Cypriots (including members of Chalayan’s family) were subjected to ethnic cleansing in Cyprus prior to 1974 (as there were attempts to annex Cyprus to Greece). After talks with his family Chalayan explored the idea of how we may want to hide our possessions or how we may want to carry them with us on departure in such an ordeal.In this light a living room was created where clothes were disguised as chair covers, suitcases as chairs and each object in the room fitted into a special pocket which was specifically designed to contain them.

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Richard Gray

Having won an Antonio Lopez memorial competition, Richard Gray’s work was spotted by Anna Piaggi who commissioned Gray whilst he was still a fashion student at Middlesex Polytechnic to make drawings for her pages in Vogue Italia and for the Eighties avant garde magazine Vanity.

Since then Gray has collaborated with some of Fashion’s biggest names including Agent Provocateur and Givenchy as well as stars from the Entertainment Industry such as Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. He has illustrated the couture shows for The Observer and The Independent and his work has been used, amongst others, by a host of Vogue titles, V Magazine and Madame Figaro.

He had a special working relationship with the late Alexander McQueen and contributed work to the McQueen exhibitions Fashion at Belsay 2004 and the Black Exhibition also in 2004. For McQueen’s S/S 2008 show La Dame Bleue, dedicated to Isabella Blow, Gray created a poster sized portrait of Blow which was used on the show’s invitation.

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Gareth Pugh

PUGH- Spring Summer 2009

From Vogue- "showing an Elizabethan-inspired spring/summer 2009 collection that had the fashion pack drawing completely justified comparisons to that other Brit-kid done good in Paris: Alexander McQueen.

In a space flooded un-Pugh-like with blinding light, today's show - while touching on many references we've seen from him before (think ruffs, armour, black and white, cartoonishly exaggerated silhouettes) - was clearly a gear-shifted business venture.

You couldn't help but want to touch everything, from the white-painted safety pin bibs that fronted floaty chiffon dressing-gown dresses to the plasticised ruffle-front blouses, to the show pieces that reassured everyone that the Pugh essence is still here."

I think this collection was amazing. The structure of his garments were incredible and I had seen this previously to making my garment in Fashion & Textiles, and the neck pieces were slightly similar to the piece that i had made.  Pugh's work is always very bold and has a lot of structure, off of the body and on to the body which is what i really love about his collections. 

 

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Hussein Chalayan

Chalayan 2000 Collection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxOuOMcNvSU

"After Words" by Chalayan will always be one of the best collections i have ever seen. This video above shows the way he has literally transformed "Everyday Shapes" into garments. he turned chairs to dresses, and tables to skirts. His creativity is beyond words and i love his uniqueness. 

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Bruno Pieters

Bruno Pieters said he wanted to work on two aspects of French couture: flou and tailoring. The Belgian designer opened with the former—a sheer nude tube dress with draping and folding below the waist that protected the model's privacy. Building up from there, he added more tucks and pleats to the bodices of body-con dresses in makeup colors and wrapped ribbons of pink chiffon around the torso of an abbreviated little white frock.

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Balenciaga

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 13.

Ghesquière said, "It's the most sensual collection I've ever done,"

The mythology of antiquity, stiff ruffles from a Cristobal dress circa 1968. The fabrics were as bleeding edge as ever, too: tweeds that weren't tweeds but dense embroideries, delicate lace fused to moulded synthetics, and T-shirt knits dipped in glue for stiffness. Asymmetric, almost togalike skirts, so abbreviated they required shorts underneath, pushed the leggy theme further, and even Ghesquière's sensible pantsuits (more office-appropriate than anything in last season's office collection, ironically) were paired with those daring bra tops.

 

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Christian Lacroix Couture for Sleek Magazine. 

This is my favourite piece that i have seen from Richard Gray. I think the colours in the image are amazing and the illustrations are perfect. 

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This is one of my favourite collections that  Ghesquière has created. I adore the shapes and structures that he has used for the skirts especially, looking at the asymmetrical lengths it just works perfectly together. The colour is what i think has brought it together, i think you need to have a more neutral colour pallet for this kind of design to work well.

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