Last May, I was contacted by Daryl Chang, fashion editor of Preview Magazine, informing me that I was part of the chosen 10 fashion designers to be a part of this year’s PEFT Awards. I was excited and speechless over the news and not to mention taken aback by the catch: create an outfit embodying your personal aethetic and submit it in a week. Luckily I was still doing my internship with Tita Susie and she happily obliged my cry of help. The outfit was made at the factory and we made it to the one-week deadline.
The feature came out in the August 2015 issue. I was so excited when I got my copy at the launch party that even if I was a little tipsy, I opened the protective plastic and carefully slid out the freshly printed magazine. I flipped until I saw something familiar and was greeted by my design. MY FIRST EVER PRINT MAGAZINE FEATURE.
Needless to say, this was the first highlight of my August (second being WOOHOO I HAVE A JOB). Even if they spelled my name wrong and got my gender wrong (Mr. Jaime haha), I’m still very very thankful for the opportunity. I’m very happy that my first ever magazine feature was with Preview and that the outfit I designed got some pretty good feedback.
This is definitely the first of more exciting things to come! I’m also happy to report that the top I designed for this issue was sold the other week. Now it is in the care of an awesome person who felt the need to grab it before someone else did.
Sir Dan’s idea was basically the whole dress would be a blob that’s about to start reproduction. He didn’t actually say this to me of course, but that was how I understood the design. A puffed sleeve on the right with a cinched waist and tapered to the hem. When I looked at the sketch for the first time, a million and one ideas came rushing through my mind. That’s my favorite part of draping: figuring out how you’re going to execute the design. Something that I’ve learned in fashion school is that everyone has a different forte. There are a few lucky ones that’s the fashion equivalent of a triple threat (blessed in design, technical and business aspects of fashion) but not all of us were lucky enough to be born that way. Often, I see students design without thinking about how exactly they’re going to bring them to life. And closures. Why do people forget that the person who will be wearing your garment has a head above their shoulders? Please put a button or a zipper; ANYTHING that will open up the garment so that your model can easily slip it on. Please. Thank you.
-End of rant-
So with all garments, I started out with a prototype.
After a few adjustments and Sir Dan’s critique, I got to work on the actual. Sir Dan gave me gazaar to work with for this dress (which is his favorite fabric) and as I mentioned before, I was not able to finish the dress since I only had a day and a half.
At this point, I had already done the initial shape and the darts needed for the design. Isn’t Sir Dan such a cutie? 🙂 He looks like a green Papa Smurf hihihi
This was the last photo I took with the dress. No sleep that night so excuse my tired eyes and pimply skin. Whoever said that fashion was easy should go jump off a building.
Last June, Sir Dan asked me to drape this dress for him since he was swamped with beauty pageants and weddings. I did 75% of the dress in less than 2 days. It was definitely hell since I didn’t expect the time pressure but I think it came out pretty well overall. :>
Since I haven’t gone to school in months, I haven’t gotten the actual photos yet. Will be posting the step by step process in the coming days.
One of the first few (if not the first. I can’t really remember) exercises that we did for Advance Draping with Ms B. Her only instructions were to draw inspiration from Balenciaga’s SS13 collection which features Flamenco flounces. She told me to create my own design but to follow the neckline.