The making of the Creative photo shoot, Concept: Creativity comes from Optimism
Oct 18Oct 18
We wanted to create a sort of home for the character in Victoria Baths using different props, a room divider, two large gold frames, a rail with clothes, a gold mirror, and make-up. Josh, our photographer and I set these up in front of the stained glass window while Suzy, our make-up artist, did Tanya, our model’s, make-up. The colour of the accessoried and garments worked really well against the stained glass windows and the tiles on the walls. The pictures were fantastic and by brightening the colours in CAmera Raw i got the vivid colour we wanted.
The Fourth and Final Shoot…
So for my final collection the concept is about creativity coming from seeing beauty and inspiration in everything. The character for this shoot is glamorous and eccentric and lives a lavish lifestyle. I collected some imagery for inspiration. We know we want to do this shoot in Victoria Baths in Manchester, so i used the stained glass window as inspiration for a colour palette. I edited the colours of the ink blot images and used that to create a design for digital print. I designed high waisted trousers, a shirt with wide sleeves and tight cuffs and I also want to make a dip dyed black and purple pleated skirt. I then used the shapes of the ink blots to laser cut acrylic plastic pieces to be linked together into a necklace.
The making of the ‘Powerful’ Shoot, concept: “Creativity come from power.”
Oct 18Oct 18
MMU Business School…
While researching locations for the next shoot I visited the new Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University. as soon as i walked in i started having ideas for different image compositions. there was a glass corridor running right across the main entrance that would work well as a run way. the large windows would frame the model perfectly with the view of the city behind. the 7th floor balcony had a view right down to the ground floor that made me suffer from vertigo and looked out at a striking grey staircase that stretched across the open plan space from the 2nd floor to the 4th. the whole building had a linear quality perfect for the powerful striking mood that we wanted for the shoot.
Before the shoot Josh, our photographer, and I went round the business school choosing specific locations for each shot. While Suzy, our make-up artist, did Emily, our Model’s make-up, and Laura filmed them. I wanted this video to have a very fashion blog feel to it. The make-up Suzy provided looked very striking and the hairstyle and accessories Sophie chose worked perfectly with the garments. The styling was stunning and the photos came out really well and hardly needed any editing!
On To The Next Challenge…
After completing the Escapism shoot it was time to move onto the Powerful shoot. i knew that i wanted to use leather and had previously experimented with pleating leather, this was tricky but i developed a way of cutting the leather into strips and sewing it together to give the impression of pleats that worked better. I began to develop several designs, always considering shape, as this is the element that will draw the ‘Powerful’ look. I designed a jacket with laser cut sleeves and submitted this for the Bureau Laser Cutter. while i waiting for the pattern pieces to be ready i used a strapless swimsuit pattern and made a black lycra leotard, I appliquéd pleated leather to the front and added a see through panel with black chiffon. I used the leather pleating technique to create a sleeve accessory to go with the leotard, i used boning to create a spiked fan shape over the shoulder. Finally i adapted a vintage 1960s coat pattern to make a mid-length, short sleeved coat. i cropped the front so that it had no fastening and changed the design so it had no collar. this created a simple, very bold shape. Then using some laser-cut fabric as a stencil i sprayed the ink blot print onto a corner of the jacket.
The making of the photo shoot for Eternal Escape, Concept: Creativity comes from Dreams.
The Magic of Photoshop…
When i had the photos i tried to begin editing them in photo shop to enhance the ethereal feel. i used the images of Jessie stood on the tree stump to create the illusion that she was floating with her skirt billowing around her. I used the stamp tool to blend the back ground and cover the stump, then using the lasso tool i selected images of the skirts closing in the wind and layered them on top of this image. i feathered the edges and adjusted the opacity to blend these together. I did the same with a series of the dancing images and finally, using the same techniques and a lot of patience, i edited the skirt and composition of the water shot.
Once i was happy with this initial editing i sent the images to a professional retoucher that i found on modelmayhem.com Julia Popova. I commissioned her to do colour retouch on 3 images and background manipulation on the water shot. The effect was amazing! the photos look beautiful and give exactly the effect i wanted for the concept.
I edited them into a fashion editorial in the style of i-D magazine, and called the trend, ‘Eternal Escape’.