RSS

Tag Archives: fashion

Monthly Round Up Articles: February

March 4, 2015

MISC:

Feb 6, 2015

FASHION:

FASHION SHOW:

TEXTILES:

Feb 13, 2015

 

FASHION:

FASHION SHOW:

TEXTILES:

Feb 20, 2015

FASHION:

FASHION SHOW:

TEXTILES:

Feb. 27, 2015

FASHION:

FASHION SHOW:

TEXTILES:

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Round-Up Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Grand Fashion Designer Resource List!

February 21, 2015

Last updated: March 3, 2015


Hello everyone!  So I’ve realized as I’ve been working on my Fashion Collection How-To tutorials, I’ve been growing my resource list.  Of course I’ll still continue to put them at the end of each How-To, but I figured it would be good to start creating a grand list to come back and edit.  It’s a little easier for people to find pertinent info rather than having to sift through the entire how-to in order to get to the resource list.

I’m not certain yet, but I’m sure I’ll create several resource lists for different occasions (like, costuming/cosplay may have other, more relevant links than say this Fashion Designer list).

If you come across this blog in your searches and notice that I’m lacking a really good source, please feel free to email me at crimsonstaremporium@gmail.com and I would absolutely love to add it to this list! 🙂

~Alizarin


ONLINE

 

BOOKS

  • DRAWING/TECHNICAL FLATS
    • Tahmasebi, Sha. Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators.  ISBN: 978-1438070490
    • Watanabe, Naoki.  Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques.  ISBN: 978-1592535569
    • Hagen, Kathryn. Fashion Illustration for Designers (2nd Edition).  ISBN: 978-0135015575
    • Szkutnicka, Basia.  Flats: Technical Drawing for Fashion (Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles).  ISBN: 978-1856696180
    • Drudi, Elisabetta; Paci, Tiziana.  Figure Drawing for Fashion Design.  ISBN: 978-9054961505
    • Park, Aeran.  Workbook for the Fashion Designer.  The Complete Guide to Fashion Illustration.  ISBN:978-0132675819
  • DESIGN/HISTORY RESOURCE:
    • Calderin, Jay. The Fashion Design Reference Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day  ISBN: 978-1-59253-850-8
    • Tortora, Phyllis G.  Survey of Historic Costume A History of Western Dress.  ISBN: 978-1563678066
    • Leach, Robert.  The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design.  ISBN: 978-0500290354
    • Volpintesta, Laura.  The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know.  ISBN: 978-1592538218
    • Martin, Marcarena.  Field Guide: How to be a Fashion Designer.  ISBN: 978-1592534913
    • Genova, Aneta.  Accessory Design.  ISBN: 978-1563679261
    • Steen, Camille; Lee, Jaeil.  Technical Sourcebook for Designers.  ISBN: 978-1609018566
  • PATTERNMAKING:
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Patternmaking for Fashion Design (5th Edition).  ISBN: 978-0136069348
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Draping for Apparel Design.  ISBN: 978-1609012403
    • Amaden-Crawford, Connie. The Art of Fashion Draping.  ISBN: 978-1609012274
    • Kershaw, Gareth.  Pattern Cutting for Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1780673196
    • Kiisel, Karolyn.  Draping: The Complete Course.  ISBN: 978-1780672861
    • Kim, Injoo.  Patternmaking for Menswear: Classic to Contemporary.  ISBN: 978-1609019440
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Juniors, Misses and Women.  ISBN: 978-1563673283
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1563673290

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Resource LIsts

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monthly Round-Up of Articles: January

February 2, 2015


So I’m 2 days late of posting this from when I wanted to but oh well!

Every month, at the end of the month, I will be featuring some links to interesting articles.  Primary topics will be Fashion, Fashion Shows, and Textiles, but I will also attempt to remember to include all the other random nifty things that I come across throughout the month.  (I subscribe to 3 google alerts, hence the topics covered haha).  If you stumble across some nifty articles you think would be awesome in my list, please feel free to contact me and I will definitely include it 🙂

~Alizarin


MISC Articles:

 

January 3, 2015

 

January 9

 

January 17

 

January 24th

January 31

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Round-Up Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

CREATING A [FASHION] COLLECTION PART I

CREATING A [FASHION] COLLECTION PART I:

PICKING A CATEGORY, SEASON, AND RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!

January 7, 2015 ~Alizarin Crimson


Welcome wonderful ladies and gentlemen!  You are here for various reason, but one thing is clear: you have some interest in fashion, or at least interested in creating a collection of something. Since I know more about fashion than some other subjects someone would make a collection for, many of my examples will reflect as such.

I can’t tell you how many parts this series will have right now, but I will try to go in depth as much as possible, with revisions as I go along.  

Each blog post in this How-To series will flow with steps associated with the part’s topic followed by my personal example for each step.  At the end of each post, there will be links to all the other parts (older posts will be edited to include the links to the subsequent parts), as well as a list of resources for further reading/researching (these links may have already been included in the how-to, but it will be categorized in a more easily looked format ❤ ).

~Alizarin


I will tell you straight out, making a collection, if you’re truly serious about it, takes a lot of work, research, and thought.  It may come easier to some people, but that doesn’t mean they do less work – if anything, they’ve done more.

*~In this blog post, I will cover the beginning formative aspects of your collection.  Please also note, my way going about a collection is not the only way, but perhaps it will work for you~  Feel free to message me at any time if you would like help (or you just aren’t following the way I’m explaining something).~*

 

NOTE: Depending on your workflow, or where you are in the process, you may not do these steps in the same order.  (I jump around all the time myself.)  If you don’t have anything to start with, follow the steps, and revise as you go along!

NOTE 2: I apologize now if something doesn’t make much sense.  If you have trouble following along, or need more visual references, please contact me and I’ll try to explain it better!

 

Now on to the damn tutorial!


STEP 1: DECIDE ON WHAT TYPE OF COLLECTION YOU WANT

This part is pretty important, in my opinion.  Chances are, you already have your answer, but it’s have you written it down yet?  No?  You should go do that.  Like right now.

The reason why this is important is that an accessories collection is going to look vastly different in approach compared to a menswear collection.  You don’t have to set this choice in stone, as you may change once you do more research – good word of advice: be adaptable.

Some ideas for collection types:

  • Fashion:
    • Daywear
    • Evening Wear
    • Menswear
    • Outerwear
    • Athletic Apparel
    • Women’s
    • Childrens
    • Evening wear
    • etc.
  • Accessories:
    • Shoes
    • Bags
    • Jewelry
    • Hats
    • Eyewear
    • Hosiery
    • Belts
    • Gloves
    • Glasses
    • etc.

Of course this list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a good place to get you to start thinking.  For more general areas such as menswear and women’s wear, make sure you also choose specifically what it is you want to work on – such as casual, dresses, evening wear, etc.

Searched for “lookbook.” Pretty sure there is a lot of work that went into this student’s collection Credit: http://fashion.parsons.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011-bfa-fashion-design-womens/Maya-Kurz.jpg

*~Personal Experience: TYPE~*

For the length of this how-to series, I will also be building my own collection, therefore providing you with examples for each step.  (To be honest, I just need a swift kick in the butt to finally get in gear and do my collection for this year, so this is to help me get that motivation)

 

I’ve been thinking about making a collection for about a year now, slowly narrowing it down to a specific category.  Most of my research has only been done within the last two months, though (usually to kill time during break in my classes at NWTC haha).  So far I’ve gotten to the point of it being a Women’s Wear collection, with either more of a gothic appeal or a steampunk appeal.  I think I will decide on that more when it comes down to pinpointing exact colors and fabrics (I have several schemes to work off it, it’s just a matter of picking one!)  I will also narrow down to if it’ll be more casual or dressy after I do more fabric searching.

 


STEP 2: TARGET MARKET & PRICE POINT

TARGET MARKET: noun: target market; plural noun: target markets

  1. a particular group of consumers at which a product or service is aimed

[definition provided by Google]

A step nobody likes to do (definitely me included), but when in the planning stages, it helps reduce failure in your product line.

You’ll need to figure out the:

  • Who? – who is this audience?
  • What? – what are their needs/wants?
  • Where? – where are they located?
  • When? – when will you be engaging this market?
  • Why? – why will they choose you over brand/artist A or brand/artist B?
  • How? – how will you get your idea out there?

If it helps, some people like to give this figurative person a name and life story (I’ve seen some people even illustrate said person…Weirdos.  Haha)

See? Sebastian is a pretty smooth guy. Check out this article for more info on defining Target Market: http://www.sarahsteelsm.co.uk/2012/06/who-are-your-customers-five-tips-for-defining-your-customer-avatar/

PRICE POINT: noun: price point; plural noun: price points; noun: pricepoint; plural noun: pricepoints

  1. a point on a scale of possible prices at which something might be marketed.

[definition provided by Google]

 

In fashion, especially, there are several price range categories that a designer could fall into.  They are:

Category Price Description
Haute Couture $10,000 or more Made to measure, hand-crafted apparel for the select few

(Chanel, Dior)

Designer $1,000 or more Superior fabrics, details, trims to Ready-To-Wear (RTW)

(Prada)

Bridge/Exchange Less than $1,000 Designer level made with less expensive fabrics, career separates

(Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan for DKNY)

Better Less than $500 Better fabric and styling than lower-priced clothing

(Anne Klein, Jones New York)

Secondary Lines Less than $300 Designers line at a much lower price point than their regular Design Line

(Armani, DKNY)

Private Label Less than $300 Designed specifically for a store or retailer

(Simply Vera or Candies for Kohls, H&M, Top Shop)

Moderate Less than $100 Nationally advertised, inexpensive

(Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nine West)

Discount/Off-price Less than $50 Outlets selling clothes at a discount

(T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s)

Budget or Mass Less than $50 Lowest end of apparel pricing and quality; may include knock-offs

(Old Navy, Cherokee)

[Reference for the table:

Calderin, Jay. The Fashion Design Reference Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day. Beverly: Rockport, 2013. 79. Print.

Also referenced: http://www.apparelsearch.com/terms/A/apparel_industry_price_point_definitions.html]

This is going to cost a lot more than something you buy at Wal-Mart

*~Personal Experience: TARGET MARKET/PRICE POINT~*

Luckily enough for me, I was able to use my Marketing Your Small Business class as a starting point for this.

Target Market:

  • WHO: Female, generally 18~40 (but not limited to those ages)
  • WHAT: Would like to have comfy, yet classy alternative clothing to integrate into current wardrobe
  • WHERE: Ideally, United States, probably in urban areas and more of a disposable income
  • WHEN: ASAP!  I usually try to make things known on my facebook, twitter (when I remember), and now this blog!  The sooner you can gain interest and let people know, the better.
  • WHY: For those local: it is something not normally found in the Green Bay area.  For those online: BECAUSE I’M AWESOME Just kidding.  I provide excellent customer service and plan on making sure for custom orders that I am as transparent as possible with their order (for instance: giving either text or photo updates if it’s longer than a week).
  • HOW:  I will be utilizing social media platforms, and possibly paper formats (pamphlets if I do end up being part of a runway show).

 

Price Point:

My speculation at this point is somewhere between $100~$300+ depending on the intricacy of the outfit/how many pieces there are to the outfit if sold as one unit (For instance: Dress + tulle dress + bolero jacket may equal over $300 but individual items may not)

 


STEP 3: CHOOSE A SEASON

Generally, for any collection that you want to create, there will be a season in which you attribute and find your source of inspiration.  In Fashion, there are two main ones, and a smaller in-between one.  These include Spring/Summer (S/S), Fall(Autumn)/Winter (F/W), and Resort.  Resort is typically for December~January ish, primarily aimed at people who travel or vacation in the winter months.

Why is this important?

Unless you’re doing something incredibly niche, each season usually has a distinguishing color scheme.  And if you keep a record, after a couple of years you’ll notice yourself how the colors evolve.  For example: for Spring, typical colors have included a variant of a mint green and coral for the last three years.

But what year do I choose?

This can be tricky.  Are you working with a company, or are you an independent designer?  Some companies plan as early as 2 years in advanced (like Kohls or Harley-Davidson Motor Clothes)!  There are other companies that do fast fashion and plan as late as 6 weeks ahead (like Zara).  If you have a small collection, and enough time, at least one season ahead is good to plan for.

*~Personal Experience: SEASON/YEAR~*

F/W 2015 Why? Because!  I’m not so great with bright colors usually associated with Spring/Summer, so starting with Fall/Winter is a better chance to get into my groove.  Also, I found some pretty nifty inspiration that falls better with F/W instead of S/S.

 


STEP 4: RESEARCH! YAAAYYY!

This is where everything gets fun, and you can spend hours upon hours doing.  At this stage, if you’ve skipped the other steps, you should at least have some general idea of what you want to do, whether it is an accessories line, or a fashion line (and hopefully you’ve chosen something a little more specific than that!)

From here we can go anywhere.  Or, just stay cozied up in pajamas and surf the web.  That’s cool too.

But seriously, one thing to do now – if you haven’t been already – is something called Trend Analysis.  The fashion world, in many ways, is ruled by trends.  There are many services and resources that can be used in order to find and research these trends.

 

Free services:

  • Pinterest (make sure you are using good keywords!  Maybe set an alarm for yourself too so you don’t forget to eat, sleep, and get some water…you know….human things and the like)
  • Trend Shop
  • Keyword searching on Google

Paid Services:

Others:

  • Trend Forecast – Cotton Inc (I haven’t been able to get this to work yet to give you more details, but at school we had a teacher that worked in a design department that had access to this resource.  They have some fun trend forecasting!)

 

Paid services can be very expensive, but definitely worth it if you can afford it, as they will go more in depth, sometimes even providing physical samples of color palettes, fabrics, etc.

 

*~Personal Experience: RESEARCH~*

This is a neverending battle -cry-

So far I’ve used mostly Pinterest to gather visuals and continuing my trend research. I use some of the links attached to the photos to bring me around the internet.  Usually it’s amusing things like you start looking at fancy makeup, and then the next thing you know you’re researching about the Theory of Relativity at 3am.

 

Right now I have a *secret* (shhhhh) board on Pinterest where I’ve kept all my visual ideas.  Other ideas that aren’t specific to my F/W 15 collection (but may prove useful for future ideas) I just put into a public inspirational board.

 

Keywords included “F/W 15” “F/W 2015” “steampunk” “gothic” “OTT” “over the top” “goth makeup” “goth hair” so on and so forth.

 

TIP: Make sure you read through the descriptions associated with the picture either on or off the picture when you’re starting with discovering a trend to follow.  It would be terrible to do all this research and then find out you were basing it off of 2008’s trends and not the one you intended.  Of course, for sourcing inspiration once you have your trend, it doesn’t matter when the item was made.

pinterest1

Sample search I started with


*~PART II COMING NEXT WEEK: CREATING A MOOD BOARD~*


LINKS TO OTHER SECTIONS:

 


RESOURCES:

(I’ll include this list under every post, and continue to add to it.  Resources used in the post will be noted by an * )

ONLINE TREND RESEARCH:

 

BOOKS

  • DESIGN/HISTORY RESOURCE:
    • *Calderin, Jay. The Fashion Design Reference Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day  ISBN: 978-1-59253-850-8
    • Tortora, Phyllis G.  Survey of Historic Costume A History of Western Dress.  ISBN: 978-1563678066
    • Leach, Robert.  The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design.  ISBN: 978-0500290354
    • Volpintesta, Laura.  The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know.  ISBN: 978-1592538218
    • Martin, Marcarena.  Field Guide: How to be a Fashion Designer.  ISBN: 978-1592534913
    • Genova, Aneta.  Accessory Design.  ISBN: 978-1563679261
    • Steen, Camille; Lee, Jaeil.  Technical Sourcebook for Designers.  ISBN: 978-1609018566
  • PATTERNMAKING:
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Patternmaking for Fashion Design (5th Edition).  ISBN: 978-0136069348
    • Armstrong, Hellen Joseph.  Draping for Apparel Design.  ISBN: 978-1609012403
    • Amaden-Crawford, Connie. The Art of Fashion Draping.  ISBN: 978-1609012274
    • Kershaw, Gareth.  Pattern Cutting for Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1780673196
    • Kiisel, Karolyn.  Draping: The Complete Course.  ISBN: 978-1780672861
    • Kim, Injoo.  Patternmaking for Menswear: Classic to Contemporary.  ISBN: 978-1609019440
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Juniors, Misses and Women.  ISBN: 978-1563673283
    • Knowles, Lori A.  Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear.  ISBN: 978-1563673290
 
2 Comments

Posted by on January 7, 2015 in How-To

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Le School

This week has been super crazy, in ways.  Sunday I found out just how much I suck at bowling (I think I might partially blame the corset for this one! I think being able to bend allows you to bowl better.  I don’t know).  Monday was spent packing up parts of my room and other things to be brought to school.

 

Image

Le room, before total unpacking

I think I have one of the tiniest dorms at my school, or at least on my floor (I believe even the head of the residence halls said it was…)  It’s both good and bad.  I mean, bad because I’m an artsy fartsy student being in the fashion design program so that doesn’t leave me with a lot of room to do stuff, but also good because it means there is less crap I can put in here (or I just get more creative with how I pile things…)

 

Image

I clean up pretty okay though…maybe

Okay, aside from various things all over…it still looks better than before.  I give it about two, maybe three weeks (if I’m lucky).  I do, however, need to make sure I keep a space open to exercise.  I’ve realized that now I can start tightening the corset tighter, although not completely shut yet, I’ve found that I have this unattractive backfat now hanging over the corset ;__;  Oh well.  It just gives me the drive to work on those muscles to tone them and reduce the bulk.  Seriously….it makes things less attractive if you look at me from the side or back.

 

Backfat aside, my corset has been pretty comfortable.  I do find it to be uncomfortable when I stand for longer periods of time, although my back has been always been like that, even before the corset.  Luckily that’s only a problem during Collections.  Been wearing the corsets pretty much from the time I get up (so anywhere between 8~9am) to about 9~10 at night.  I think I’m getting closer to being able to wear it 23/7.  I think I’ll give it another two weeks.

 

School has been pretty decent so far.  I was skeptical for my “Essentials of Catholic Tradition” class.  I was born and raised a Catholic, by going to catechism, getting all those fun milestone celebration things (like…the Eucharist, getting Confirmed, etc).  After probably 9th grade, or so, I didn’t feel that I felt part of that sort of thinking (…I did still get confirmed in my senior year, though, in case my future husband -whoever he was going to be- wanted to get married in a church so I didn’t have to do it later juggling 2 jobs and the classes to do so like my cousin did at the time).  To be honest, I really don’t know where I fall in my beliefs, but that aside, my teacher seems like she’ll be a very good one for the class.  She has promised not to preach, or attempt to convert, but just give us the facts on the catholic tradition.  She even mentioned it was an atheist who actually did the best on the final exam, believe it or not.

I think Portfolio and Presentations will be the easiest class I take this semester.  Our teacher is nice to us and is planning on giving us plenty of class time to get things done.  What’s also nice is that I’ve already done some of the things she is planning on having us do (such as business cards, resumes, etc.), so those sections will be easy. 

The only thing I’m worried about with my Collections I class is time.  I have a bunch of stuff I want to do, but I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to accomplish it all.  I may have to scale my ideas down a bit, or modify them so they’re a bit easier to construct.  Our first, of three complete outfits, has to be totally done by February 26th….Not excited for that…but…I can do it!

Not sure how I feel about Apparel Industry Seminar.  I think it might be okay, but I may find that all the articles we have to find will be annoying to do.  I know it’s a necessity and will help me build searching skills for the future when I’m not in school and need to keep up with things…but…Who knows.  It could end up being my favorite class.  Pfft.

I don’t know about History of Art II yet either because I have yet to take it (it’s my 6PM class which is in like an hour).  If I remember, I’ll talk about it next post!

 

I think that’s good enough for now.  When I start getting more patterns and things made, I’ll me sure to post them either here, or links to them!

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , ,

The Beginning

Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.
-George Bernard Shaw
It’s been said that every good tale starts with a beginning, of a sorts.  To you, my dear reader, I present my beginning.  My end.  My everything-in-between.  My hopes with this blog is to have a common place to catalogue my experiences with my corset waist training, my ups and downs with creating my own business, and whatever may come to mind in the week that I publish a post.  Eventually, I would like to be able to be a resource for other people interested in waist training, entrepreneurship, or what-have-you.
My waist training adventures will not be starting until tomorrow, when USPS delivers my new corsets to me, so I will start today with a little back-story – a biography, if you will.
The short of it is, I am currently a student at Mount Mary University, pursuing a degree in fashion design.  What I hope to accomplish with this, is create my own business revolving around costuming (for theatre, cosplay, etc.), alternative bridal, and starting up my own Steampunk and Victorian inspired brand.  How I’ve gotten to this point is quite interesting – I wasn’t always interested in fashion as a degree…but looking back, it makes sense that I’ve almost always liked fashion.  It’s hard to explain simply, so I will expound.
When I was a young girl, my mother had her own home business of sewing bridal gowns professionally.  Something I find really cool is that, by word of mouth, my mother had customers coming from as far south as Chicago, and all over.  Why this is cool is back in the early 90s, there was no internet like we have today to broadcast or advertise your services.
Since my mother’s business was out of the home, she really didn’t need a babysitter for me, so when she had to go to the fabric store, I usually got to go with if I was home.  Sometimes I even got to pick out fabrics for mom to make me one or two dresses with.  With how often mother had to go to the store, a lot of the ladies at Jo-Anns got to know me quite well haha.
To be honest, while growing up, I never dreamed of doing anything with fashion.  I wanted to be a teacher, from pretty much kindergarten all the way up until my freshman year of college. I think it was in 5th grade, however, when any seeds were planted.  Fifth grade was when I had learned of wonderful things such as “Anime” and “Manga,” starting off with my first series called Sailor Moon.  I was enthralled.  I can remember wanting to hurry home from school in order to catch the episode on the old Toonami.  After several years of collecting manga, and watching anime, I learned about things such as “Anime Conventions” in 2006.  It was too late to try and ask mother if I could go because it was a month away and that wasn’t enough time to save up.  I made plans with some of my friends for us to go the next year.
2007 not only marked my first anime convention (Anime Central in Rosemont, IL), but it also was my first cosplay.  And like most people’s firsts, it was quite terrible.  I did a crossplay (meaning cosplaying as the opposite gender) of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, specifically the Advent Children version.  It wasn’t too terrible. I had a really cool sword that my grandfather made for me 😀  The costume was bought, though, because it had been some time, at this point, since my mother stopped her bridal business and she wasn’t able to help me.
After this first taste of cosplay and anime conventions, I wanted to keep doing them.  It was fun – there were a lot of people who liked the same things I did and didn’t judge me too much for it.
Instead of buying cosplays, I wanted to make them.  This was quite problematic.  Most of the cosplays I wanted to do involved a lot of searching for patterns even remotely close to what I needed and then trying to modify them.  I was able to settle for Road Kamelot in ’09 (I think?), and the following year Rip Van Winkle.  Mom helped me modify the patterns and sew them when I couldn’t.
Also, complete side note here.  I would like to let it be known that in first grade, my mother promised me two dresses in my life: prom and wedding.  She *almost* got out of doing my prom dress.  I pretty much forced her into it haha.  This was the first time I ever designed something and had it come to life.
Dem sleeves.
So, college life begins.  I start at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, pursuing a degree in Humanistic Studies, Emphasis Teaching English as a Second Language.  I wanted to teach in Japan.  Unfortunately, a lot of my friends at the time did as well so it…sort of killed it for me.  I was also becoming more serious with my boyfriend and didn’t want to really leave the country for an extended period of time.  I then changed my major to Theatre, Technical Design (already starting to form my future business in mind.  Also started dabbling with Business courses because I was thinking about a business minor).  In my Japanese class, there was a fellow classmate of mine that had told me about Mount Mary College in Milwaukee then had a fashion design degree.  Immediately I was interested because the only other college I knew had a fashion program was UW-Stout.
My journey is then directed at applying, and soon attending Mount Mary College.  During my time here, I have met many wonderful friends and several memorable experiences.  In October of 2013, I was able to go with the fashion department on a trip to New York.  Not that I’d ever live there, but I would definitely like to go back.  Such an inspiring and busy city!  Five days was not nearly enough to explore everything.  I could spend 5 days alone in just the area around Mood, scouring through the fabrics of all the stores!
It’s around this trip to New York that I asked mother if I could travel abroad to Italy.  After the spring semester, I would only need 3 credits in my concentration to graduate and I thought that a trip to Italy would be amazing.  We have family that lives in Costacciaro, Italy so if I could study abroad in Florence, I would be about 3 hours away and could visit them!
November 15th was a momentary stop in these plans.  After work, at about 10PM, I was assaulted by my vehicle.  The short version of this tale is I was hit 6 times in the head with something metal (either a pipe or crowbar).  I started to fight back after hit 5, but he hit me a last time and fled.  Luckily, no fractures, cracks, or scratches in my eye.
But, now that it’s January, things have settled down a bit.  I got a book for Christmas titled “Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself” by Sarah A. Chrisman.  For the past couple of years (probably since 2009, maybe earlier?), I’ve been interested in the Steampunk Subculture.  First it was Lolita, but it morphed to Steampunk when I figured out I felt more in tune with the freedom and awesomeness that was Steampunk.  This book gave me the final push to just suck it up and buy some waist training corsets.  So I did.  And they’re coming tomorrow.  I am incredibly excited for them.  Tomorrow I will post again.
I think this is a good place to end this entry.  Thank you for reading this far.  I’ve most likely forgotten a lot of things to say, but I’m sure they’ll come up as other stories along this adventure.
~Alizarin.
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , ,