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I took a little trip to the vintage fashion fair at the Bath Fashion Museum over the weekend for a little time out from constant uni stressing. I had a very jolly time cooing over all the shiny 1920’s beading and beautiful lingerie.
The fair was quite small, and I think more specifically geared towards serous collectors. There was an impressive array of Edwardian and Victorian cottons, and I would of loved to of bought a piece, but the prices were a bit too steep for me. I did however snag a beautiful brooch with blue stones for £2.00, and my boyfriend bought me a cameo brooch for just £12.00. It’s really beautiful, and a lot larger than most that I’ve seen.
And the obligatory ‘what I wore photo:’
Look at the pretty horses! I found this blouse for £5.00 at Walcot vintage market. The AA skirt was stolen from my friend who was about to give it to charity, and the jolly quirky smiley shoes are from Topshop. I love them but the bells can be quite embarrassing whilst you’re walking!
I’m not really sure about outfit posts, is anyone interested in what I wear?! However, they are easy and sort of fun, once I get over the awkward bit of attempting to pose in some way that makes me look relaxed and notatall uncomfortable. I may have to resort to more of these over the coming weeks, until my dissertation is over with. What do you think? Good idea? Or a blogging bore?
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will have heard me talk about DI$COUNT before, but I thought it was definitely time for a re-visit.
Basically, I would do many bad things to get my hands on a piece of DI$COUNT, because these girls are headed for great things! Big things are happening. Their online, and offline shop is opening in March, and from what I’ve read, custom orders are coming in thick and fast.
What I really admire about them is their strength in remaining true to their aesthetic; something easier said than done when you’ve been through fashion school.
This is all sounding pretty kiss ass or whatever, but I couldn’t really care. I remember reading Nadia’s old blog ,Foxyman, before DI$COUNT existed, I thought her blog was awesome then, too. But Cami and Nadia together clearly make the perfect team.
Basically.. well fucking done.
All illustrations come from photographs owned by DI$COUNT.
Since beginning this blog, I’ve noticed just how quick bloggers are to post about things. Whether it be outfits, designers, news, anything. I mean, I always new bloggers were fast, but I mean they are really, really FAST.
I always intended to combine my love of fashion and illustration on my blog, in a hope to maybe bring something a bit new to the blogosphere (not as arrogant as it sounds!) I mean, I didn’t want to regurgitate information from other bloggers; I wanted to add something new. I know that whatever I blog, someone will have got there before me, so to some extent, it will always be imitation, but you know, it’s the highest form of flattery, and all.
Also, I don’t think there’s anything wrong in blogging something you’ve read about on another blog, as long as you credit the original author, and weigh in with your own opinion.
The problem with illustration is that it takes time. Luckily, that’s also one of the most rewarding things about it as well. But it does mean that whenever I discover something I want to blog about, and set about illustrating it, I find that everything I could possibly want to say about it has been covered by other (very fantastic) bloggers!
So I’ve decided to share my rough sketches, straight away, instead of waiting to finish the final images. In a way, I think this is actually better; a blog is a fast publishing tool, which makes it the perfect medium for work in progress. Perhaps my Flickr, or a website (if I ever get one!) might be more appropriate for final work .
I’m a little aprehensive about showing my roughs, because they are very, very rough. Believe me, I’m no wacom tablet wizard! Showing rough work also gives me the opportunity to explain a little about how I work; I usually print out the roughs, and trace them up neater, adding in more detail and using the original image as reference. Actually, I think that a lot of the time I tighten up way too much; I lose a lot of the freedom that I find when I’m scribbling away on the computer with my ancient old Wacom tablet. I’m hoping that getting my scribbles out there will somehow make me see that they are valid illustrations in their own right, and perhaps don’t need quite as much refinement as I think.
So FINALLY, this brings me to Kirsty Ward (For some reason the little link button isn’t working so it’s a copy and paste jobby I’m afraid.)
Susie Bubble has written a lot about the designer’s history etc, so I don’t feel there’s too much to add, all I will say is that Susie isn’t a fan of the drawn on eyebrows, but I LOVE them, they’re one of the things that drew me into the photographs originally.
Lots of lovely sheer, drapes, and pastels. All the ladylike things I wish I owned/wore, but for some reason, don’t. I think when you spend so much time around paint/ink/industrial pressure washers, or working in a grimy pub, beautiful delicate shapes and fabric are not what you consider wearing!
I think what doesn’t come across very well in these sketches is just how beautiful the jewellery is, I implore you to take a look at her website. Beautiful!!
This lady and her wares have been around the Blogosphere a million times, and I have admired her from afar for some time now, but being new to blogging and all and just getting into the swing of things perhaps its taken me a bit too long to write about her.
Just a quickity quick drawing. I tired to emphasise the harness by leaving most of the shirt plain, but I would like to work on it a bit more. Anyway, this post isn’t about my drawing, it’s about a lady called Zana Bayne. She makes beutiful leather things, I can imagine wearing her harnesses with long sheer skirts and shirts, or over band tshirts and jeans. I’m especially drawn to the skinny strapped one, and I’ve started saving for it, one day soon it will be mine! I’d especially like to get my hands on one before a photoshoot I’m styling next month (more about that later- I’m excited!!)
She also runs a blog, Garbage Dress, which gives an insight into how she works. Clearly a lot of time and love goes into each item. Also, she’s got wicked style.
I believe she’s offering 10% off through January on her online shop, so if you’re after anything, now is the time! Go shop here.
Poking around their site, I can see a lot of things I’d love to wear, although it seems I’ve jumped on the bandwagon a little late, as usual, and most things are sold out. I love the finger necklace, and the Gaga brooch the most.Naturally, excess is best in my books, so I think these would look especially good if you wore lots of them, on top of a shiny sparkly patterned dress! These things are HUGE as well, which is why I love them. I’ve never been into little cutesy accessories, but giant ones I can get on board with!
I can dream!