Week 1

October 11, 2017by ahuntExposureFashion Photo 2019Fashion: Hermes - Olivia Pomp (17/18)News

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Initial Ideas For the exposure unit we was given an Hermes scarf to style with and use in a editorial and a 30 second- or more fashion film. My idea is to explore how different cultures such as Pakistani, Indian or South & West African. I want to explore this because in my final major project I intend on exploring African culture traits further and the exposure unit gives me an opportunity to get a head start. I have been looking at artist’s such as Steve Reich, Anne Keersmaeker, Sabyasachi and Solange Knowles for inspiration for this project. My project will explore how different cultures use a scarf in there daily life, I want to perhaps merge my project into being a coherent project that explore’s two different cultures within one film/editorial. I want to merge these two cultures together by doing separate shoots with models that are of African or Asian ethnicity. The idea behind the whole thing is to project this notion of people being one, illustrating that different cultures can inspire fashion without culturally appropriating. INSPIRATIONS AND INFLUENCES Solange KNOWLES: Solange has been an inspiration for me for a while now, her visual album of 2016 ‘A seat at the table’ has great reviews and the lyrics, melody, movement, filming and styling was so current that it was automatically a hit album. The reason as to why I am using her as an inspiration is because her & I have something in common, we both believe that black people’s effect on western/white culture is not recognised or praised enough. Black people have so much inspiration to give, as do white people however it seem’s to be that only white people get praise, even when they are taking something from black culture such as, cornrows, bandu knots, rap, jazz ect… We were mainly inspired by don’t touch my hair and cranes in the sky. Fase, Four MOVEMENTS TO THE MUSIC OF STEVE REICH: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker choreographed this piece to the music of Steve Reich, the piece is made up of three dance duets and one solo to four compositions by the American minimalist musician Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker uses Reich’s music to choreograph a controversial series of movements that do not illustrate the music, the controversial movements start perfectly synchronised and then begin to slip, creating continuously changing forms and patterns. I am going to use this as inspiration for my choreography in the project, I feel that the synchronised movements enhance my idea of two people being one in the same. Erykha BADU: Erykah Badu fell into fame in the late 90’s and was announced the high priestess of fashion, she described her West African head wrap as ‘where her mojo lives”. The head wrap was such an iconic piece of her personal style and she made it more popular! Making everyone more aware of the culture behind it. We decided that we are going to use Badu wrap style in our shoot because of how iconic and beautiful it always looked. Eventually Badu fell out with love with her head wraps after an experience where she had met a priest who had dirty clothes and dirty finger nails, she explained that “this that man was from a long line of healers and he didn’t have to look like one. He was born with it. No matter what he did or what he said, no one could take that away from him. That’s when I was freed and began to evolve. I began to focus on being more in here than out there.” Rick OWENS S/S14: Rick Owen’s 2014 spring summer show was inspired by traditional African-American stepping, the whole show was describes as memorising and was stated to be the statement show of the season, being the most memorable at Paris fashion week.We took his show as inspiration for our movement, the whole concept behind the show was to rebel against the glass ceiling for black people in the fashion industry, similarly to why we wanted to use black and asian models we felt that they deserve the praise for their original and traditional head wraps. WATCH THE SHOW HERE: https://youtu.be/rrDycBp3i5w
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