Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What I [Designed] Wednesday: Jenny Was A Friend of Mine

Hi all! I'm so happy to be blogging again! I've been posting pictures of my collection on my social media outlets, but I have yet to discuss the collection as a whole and show a little bit more about my ideas that lead to the final looks!

Let's learn more about my collection, Jenny Was A Friend of Mine!

Jjenny was A Friend of mine

the inspiration:

Conceptually, this collection is inspired by a shattering of “human shells,” in a way that allows one to look beyond what is portrayed on a tough exterior and go deeper to understand what makes up the mental complexities of individuals. I mixed hard and soft fabrics layered through looks in a way that shows this juxtaposition. Also, I included textured fabrics and designed some broken silhouettes that were inspired by this idea.

Stylistically, the other half of my inspiration begins with a story loosely inspired by The Killers’ song of the same title. The song itself is about a man being accused of an involvement with Jenny’s murder/disappearance, and he pleads that he is innocent, saying Jenny was a friend of mine. It is never mentioned who Jenny is, and what really happened to her. She is portrayed as a helpless victim of a crime, but is Jenny really? I was intrigued by the idea of Jenny as an enigma, thus again, wanting to know more, and crack her shell. I see Jenny as a spy who has a knack for adapting in any situation she needs to be in to get the job done. Her assignments are mostly centered on wealthy communities where she blends in by wearing sophisticated outfits that convey her mysterious demeanor, quiet confidence, and inner strength. When given an assignment, she acquaints herself with the right people and uses them to get the information she needs. When she’s finished, she stuns the few people she met by faking her own death, often leaving men pleading for their innocence to the crime, stating, “Jenny was a friend of mine…” Having a strong, mysterious female character as a muse for this collection fits with the idea of wanting to crack a hard exterior and see the subtleties that lie within. From this half, I considered sophisticated design and mixed in strong line details with a dark and earthy color palette. I also styled my models with hats that toughens the looks, and allows them to hide, as spies should.

the collection:


These three looks represent where I would go with a full collection. I have more illustrations in my portfolio, but perhaps I'll save that for a different time! It has been a really fun experience to come up with a line from concept to construction that is cohesive and full. I think, overall, it was a great learning experience, and I'm definitely happy with the results! I'm really excited to do it all again with a new collection next semester!

I'm also excited to start blogging again! I'll be posting 3-4 days a week, hopefully!

I also plan to have more artistic photographs that convey the collection soon! :)
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  1. Really you are a great designer. First I have seen your sketches and then the designer women's dress. I like your designs and dresses. Pls carry on.

  2. The dress are awesome! I love the first dress, but I want it's color to be a lighter yellow green to make it more attractive. Just like this knee length pencil dresses, so attractive.