During second week of our partnership with VCU’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Evening Dress Class (read our previous blog to learn more) the students took the inspiration from their mood boards created after reading the TRANQUIL trend forecasted by Charles Luck for the 2012-13 season and started draping. They first got to check out the fabrics we purchased at Mood Fabrics and then went to work twisting, turning, folding and sculpting their muslins into a dress idea.
Anna Johnson from Stafford, VA shared her mood board based on the TRANQUIL trend and then her first attempt at draping. Unlike many design classes, this year the students draped before sketching out their designs to allow the fabric to “speak” to the design. Anna writes….
Today I pushed myself in Eveningwear class. For me, draping with no design in mind takes perseverance. I pushed myself to not get discouraged and let the fabric inspire me. (The zen garden soundtrack we were playing helped too!) Once I became more comfortable with experimenting I even cut through the bodice of one of my drapes to weave a piece of fabric through! The best part of this experience is learning to let go and not over think things. The fabric which speaks to me the most is the Fortuny pleated looking fabric. I love the texture of it, the soft hand, and that it’s sheer and light weight with a beautiful luster.