Life has been an incredibly stylish rollercoaster!
By Zee Iqbal
Ikebana provided a divine sense of floral balance, looking at the connection between heaven and humanity and its representation through space and asymmetry. I used this concept to design the print I included in my collection, as well as the imbalance I incorporated into my garment design.
Finally, tulips were the model by which I presented my designs. Soft, graceful yet strong, they had the right characteristics for my line up and so I made sure that it was an apparent feature of the collection.
My presentation, called WOman: Tula, included the line up, each individual look detailed with line drawings, a swatch-board with different materials in different colours and accessory ideas, my moodboard and my research book, full of the developmental process that led to the final collection. This collection was one of my interpretations of the changing perception of women in society, and how there is an incredibly powerful paradigm shift occurring in the world.
At the time of presenting it felt like a dream, beginning with no experience, going through the challenges that come with the will to improve and completing this passion project. I was very proud of the journey that my classmate and I had taken to reach this point.
Our collections were met with much praise, and even more so with awe. We were awarded certificates of completion and tickets to London Fashion Weekend... what a way to celebrate this achievement.
I felt a sense of accomplishment and gratitude, and if I ever felt driven to achieve something, it was right there, standing in the middle of this amazing event. I envisioned my work one day hanging off the “Designers of tomorrow” racks, ready to change the world.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to see the end of this journey arrive. It taught me the values of good intention, hard work, perseverance and self belief.
Do what you love, and believe you can do it with all your heart (super cheesy I know, but 100% true).
This experience has empowered me to follow my dream of designing menswear with a view to changing the landscape of fashion as do the super designers of the world (You can keep up with my developments on Instagram).
"I envisioned my work one day hanging off the “Designers of tomorrow” racks, ready to change the world."
Zee takes us through his artistic, inspiring and creative journey!
By Zee Iqbal
Hello everybody and welcome back to my journey toward becoming a fashion designer!
Since my last post the class' developments have been incredibly strong. We’ve drawn our ideas together to create our moodboards, supported by a host of research that explores the concepts we’ve chosen which we then presented to the class... I can safely say that I’ve never felt more like an artist!
My concept seeks to explore the perception of women in society vs how I perceive women as an individual. Recent times have seen women rise against cultural and traditional stereotypes seeking justice and equality in society. The movement is then reinforced by my personal experience of women. I’ve grown up with the most beautiful, strongest women who pioneered my life. Essentially they are the reason I am who I am, and it only felt right to honour them with my first collection.
I decided to use this visual as the template for my moodboard. It was a more conceptual approach to the work but I wanted to challenge myself to create something that could be considered an artwork in itself. I decided to make 5 separate flowers, each representing an important woman in my life.
That meant different identities, styles, colour schemes and pictures. Our trips to Portobello Market and the V&A Museum gave us a lot of content to use both as inspiration and as part of our moodboards, not to mention instilling the habit of taking pictures everywhere I go!
Presenting felt like a celebration of what we’ve achieved so far. I'm really proud of my classmates because we’ve all worked really hard and we value the course greatly. Together we create a supportive, creative environment and it makes for an even greater course experience. I'm excited to see how we all develop and all the ideas we will come up with.
Meet Zee, 25 year old local artist and aspiring fashion designer!
By Zee Iqbal
Hello beautiful people! I'm Zee and this is my journey toward becoming a fashion designer.
My affinity for fashion began from a young age and truly manifested itself along side my passion for performance art. I was always learning an instrument or performing in a school production.
I took every opportunity possible to be a part of something creative and my discovery of fashion within all of this was a very natural and inevitable one. I found myself conscious of the clothes I chose to wear and I always wanted to dress in a way that made me happy. This interest continued to develop throughout my childhood and into my adulthood, where the power of fashion became very clear to me.
'Let’s just say if a picture tells a thousand words, fashion tells a million.'
The level of work that is required to create a garment is incredible. It’s one that I then underestimated and now value greatly. The course itself has helped me to begin work on my drawing skills and is starting to hone in on the different steps towards creating a collection of clothing. It’s been an eye opening experience so far and I’m really excited to continue to learn and progress through the remainder of the course.
I’ll sign this post off with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, in which she says: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”… Till next time!
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