‘Everything’// Aberdeen event.

It isn’t often I get the chance to work not only with fellow fashion designers, but also textiles, sculptors, illustrators, printers, film makers, animators and musicians. The brainchild of Aymee Charlton, ‘Everything’ is an event taking part in Aberdeen this summer on July 5th at Cowdray Hall, a unique super-collective showcase of talented creatives from the North East.

I’m helping to organise this event with Aymee and Tracey Bruce, both fellow fashion designers. We have had a fantastic response from exhibitors who are keen to come together and show their work to the public.

Buy tickets to the show here:
http://www.everythingevent.bigcartel.com/

You can also like us on facebook to stay informed about the event, as well as finding out about new, undiscovered talent in Scotland:
https://www.facebook.com/everythingaberdeen

Aymee and Tracey also both have their own websites that you can view here:
http://www.aymeecharlton.co.uk/
http://www.traceybruce.co.uk/

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London// Scottish Designer Showroom.

Some of my readers will remember this post where I discussed three Scottish labels having their first showroom during London Fashion Week.

Well, since we were in London anyway, Aymee and I decided to see if we could find it and have a look up close of some real design talent!

The showroom was lovely and cosy and one of the designers, Iona Crawford, had a chat with us as we admired the collections.

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IONA CRAWFORD

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Iona Crawford had gorgeous prints, they were very geometric and contemporary. Obviously check patterns are a huge trend at the moment, but she’s made the trend her own by disjointing the check pattern and marbling it. I think this makes the print a lot more flattering and wearable, as well as making something new and unique to her label. Kaleidoscope patterns also featured, as well as this too darn gorgeous scarf which was my favourite piece – it’s my favourite owl and it looks so grumpy and cute! You guys must know by now how much I love owls. Paired with quality finishing and a really flattering cut, the collection as a whole was really desirable.

 

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Sparkles! Who doesn’t love Bebaroque? There were a lot of floral and baroque styles, which really complimented the materials. The collection was really girly and exciting. My friend Aymee, who is the biggest fan of Bebaroque (and gorgeous tights generally) I know, was so happy to see these designs, we both love what these girls are making.

BELINDA ROBERTSON CASHMERE

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Super soft, totally luxurious, the materials in this collection are of the highest quality and you can tell this is of the utmost importance to the designer. Beautiful black jersey pieces were perfect wardrobe staples. There were some lovely geometric shapes and quirky techniques there too to keep things interesting, but the real selling point was just how gorgeous everything felt!

The showroom is open until the 25th February. Special thanks to Iona Crawford for showing us around and letting us take photos.

RGU Grays Fashion + Textiles Pre-Degree Show.

Congrats to the Fashion and Textiles departments at RGU Grays! The talented bunch put together a really intriguing pre-degree exhibition ‘Fabricated’, demonstrating what their final project outcomes for their BA Hons will be. The exhibition was really inspiring and I wish the best of luck to them for their collections. I can’t wait to see the final degree and fashion shows when everything is completed!

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Jessie White, Fashion Design, ‘Rebecca’.

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Kim Norrie, Textiles and Surface Design, ‘Underground’.

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Kaye Bonnar, Fashion Design, ‘Floral Facets’.

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Samantha Hair, Fashion Design, ‘Siren’.

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Stephanie Davidson, Textiles and Surface Design, ‘The Wanderer’.

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Jennifer Rowand, Fashion Design, ‘A Second Skin’.

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Suilven Hotson, Fashion Design, ‘Cut – Carat’

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Kathryn Fuller, Textiles and Surface Design, ‘Point, Line, Surface, Solid’.

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Laura Sherriffs, Fashion Design, ‘Neo-Apokalupsis’.

Aberdeen Art Gallery// Selling Dreams: 100 Years of Fashion Photography

“I always thought we were selling dreams not clothes” Irving Penn on his role as photographer at Vogue magazine.

Aberdeen Art Gallery has a new exhibition, “Selling Dreams: 100 Years of Fashion Photography”, due to run until 20th April. It is a fascinating collection of historical and contemporary fashion images by photographers as diverse as Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Rankin, Tim Walker and Steven Meisel. They are seperated into different periods of time, and each photo encapsulates the essence of that time perfectly – whether that be Lisa Fonssagrives, elegantly posed and put together, an image of femininity, or Twiggy upon a moped grinning wildly and full of freedom and excitement.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Aberdeen Art Gallery website here: http://www.aagm.co.uk/Exhibitions/Current/Selling-Dreams-100-years-of-fashion-photography.aspx

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White Sleeve, photograph taken by Horst P. Horst for Vogue in 1936.

 

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Harlequin Dress, photograph taken by Irving Penn in 1950. The model is Lisa Fonssagrives,who Penn later married.

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Twiggy on a moped, shot by Ronal Traeger 1967.

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Women in the Bath House, photograph taken by Deborah Turbeville in 1975. This was actually one of my favourites from the exhibition, though from what I understand it was of some controversy at the time as it was so different from traditional swimwear photography.

New Designers.

I’m just back from my trip to London, where my university, RGU Grays, was showcasing at the New Designers Exhibition. It was pretty chaotic at times and very demanding, but we had an awesome time meeting other students with similar goals to our own and also getting some exposure. I went to a few of the talks and they were really beneficial, they were really focussed on advice for business start ups. In all, it was a really fun trip.

Here are some lovely photos of our stall.

(L-R: Megan McKinnon, Natalie Anderson (myself), Piyumi Liyanage)

(L-R: Owen Knowles, Megan McKinnon, Natalie Anderson (myself), Piyumi Liyanage)

My catwalk show on screen.

A selection of portfolios and sketchbooks alongside the RGU Grays catalogue.

New Designers, Business Cards, Fashion Show.

The weeks just seem to get busier recently, but I do have a few updates I’d like to share.

My business cards came in today! I’m very pleased! Again, I have to say thank you to my good friend Ry Swinney. Check out his newly re-designed website here: http://cargocollective.com/ryanswinney

These cards are to be handed out at my degree show and also at my exhibition stall at New Designers. New Designers will be held in June this summer – you can get more information about the graduate exhibition here: http://www.newdesigners.com/. You can also see my online portfolio at artsthread, a website in association with New Designers: http://www.artsthread.com/p/natalieanderson

I am so excited to be taking part in the exhibition, not only to show my own work but of course to see the work of other graduates. It should be a very exciting week.

This June my class will also be holding three fashion shows to display our graduate work. If you are interested in seeing this show, tickets are available here: http://graysfashion.bigcartel.com/