Wednesday, March 17, 2010
✂-Designer's "Challenge" of The Day- Break the Mold
Today I was inspired by the book I'm currently reading- "Christian Dior The Man Who Made The World Look New" by Marie-France Pochna.
"We are just coming out of a period of war, of uniforms and of military females as sturdily built as boxers.... I have designed flower-women" recorded Dior in his memoirs. In a matter of months, this fashion, dubbed the "New Look, " had achieved world wide popularity. However, there was a bit of a backlash. A Dior model was harassed by housewives in Paris, English tailors protested against the length of his skirts, and during his visit to the US, hostile banners were waved.
I think what inspired me the most was his choice not to follow the trends, but break them. He created a new silhouette based on his own vision. I have a great admiration for the many designers that have followed suit in breaking the mold- John Galliano, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, and of course Alexander McQueen, (just to name a few)..... So instead of having a Designer's Tip of The Day, I've posted a challenge- while working on your latest creations, challenge yourself to create a new silhouette or detail, explore your own imagination and allow the possibilities to be endless!!
Source- Christian Dior The Man Who Made The World Look New by Marie-France Pochna. and Icons of Fashion the 20th Century by Prestel Publishing