I am finally, after nearly two months, getting around to putting up just a taste of the work I did over the summer at Parsons. This is partly because I am so lazy, and partly because I'm not good at drawing! To sum up, the Parsons summer program is focused on beginners who have little or no experience whatsoever in the design process. I was tempted to add my drawings from the first day of class, when we were displayed a live model and told to simply draw what we saw (I can tell you now that the drawing I produced looked nothing like the lovely girl I saw!). I still have a long way to go in terms of developing a personal style as well as mastering technique, but I acknowledge that I came a longgg way. The designs are inspired by the German silent film actress Marlene Dietrich and were for my final presentation on the last day of class.
On our final presentation day, we were required to have made a garment using XXL t-shirts and whatever other fabric, trim, or embellishment (not to mention cutting/sewing) we wanted. Some people produced some pretty cool things - I recall a girl going out and buying gobs of flower pins and absolutely covering her "dress" in them. I used a black t-shirt, cut a deep V in the back, and fastened a gold/silver embellished ribbon as well as some mediocre draping on the hips. Gold and silver embroidery finishes the dress. I absolutely loved making this dress, and while the XXL shirt makes it a bit big, with some "fashion tape" it is quite wearable! Perhaps someday in the future I shall have a photoshoot of myself in it. And, if you're wondering why I look oh-so-very-grumpy in this image, I'll let you know that I had spent the last month working day to night; by the last day I was ready to get it all over with!