Saturday, 29 January 2011

my heart on my fashion photography sleeve !

This semester I have to complete a module called Fashion and Photography, within this module Fashion Styling students and Photography students will collaborate in creating fashion photography of the future by combining preferences, opinions, inspiration and knowledge. As part of our first assignment we have to create a blog and use it to post fashion images and photography that we find inspiring. I decided to use my heart on my fashion sleeve instead of creating a new blog as in my opinion what the brief is asking me to complete I already do on this blog. So I'm just going to carry on posting as I normally do. However I may post blogs more frequently and in more detail as I am now being graded on what I say instead of just having the freedom to leisurely share with you whats on my fashion sleeve !

Since starting this module I have been trying to broaden my knowledge of photographers and while researching currently working photographers I stumbled across Cass Bird.

Cass Bird photographs in both colour and black and white but I chose these three from your portfolio as I like how in the moment they look but seem effortlessly shot. Also, I like these photographs the most because they are in black and white and I enjoy photographs more when they are in black and white.

Old Fashion Hearts !

After rummaging through my uni work from my first year I came across these photographs from a photography based project entitled 'Face Off'. These photographs were my most successful from my first year as I received a respectfully good mark and also because they were part of a select few chosen to be entered in to the London Photography Awards 2009. Although they didn't win I still love them ! 

I changed the photographs from colour to black and white because I believed they would be more appropriate and successful for this project. Also, by changing them to black and white this gave the photographs a 1950's look which matched the models styling and general atmosphere of the photographs

Sunday, 16 January 2011

My Loves ! My Lusts !

This feature of My Loves ! My Lusts ! is a Christmas special of my favourite purchases and presents I received over the festive period. You could say that not only is this a Christmas special but also a Cath Kidston special as there was a definite theme within my presents which didn't come from just one person ! So to add to my already large and ever growing Cath Kidston collection I can now add . . .

an iPhone Sleeve !

a shoppers bag !

a pendant necklace !

For Christmas this year my boyfriend and I decided to treat each other in the New Year so we went for a day out shopping in Manchester. I'm lucky to have a boyfriend who doesn't conform with other mens views on fashion by thinking you can only wear clothes from Topshop and All Saints, and basically look like you're in JLS or The Wanted. He ended up with several tops and a barber quilted jacket, which were helped picked out by myself. The only conundrum was that I really liked the barber jacket so . . .

we've ended up with his and hers barber jackets !

I also got bought these sheepskin ankle boots which I had seen in many shops with heels which I didn't want ! 

Buy of the Week !

This edition of Buy of the Week is slightly belated due to the fact that Amazon's estimated delivery date was indeed an estimation and decided to deliver my package a week after its so called estimated delivery date !

But it did arrive . . .

The Fashion Book is described as an A-Z guide to 500 clothes and accessory designers, photographers models and iconic individuals who helped instigate fashion movements. Although it isn't on my module reading list for my course I thought it would still be useful and an interesting read.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

G-Mail is the Way to My Heart !

Hey followers and readers ! Just wanted to let you all now that I appreciate and I'm grateful for all your support since I launched My Heart On My Fashion Sleeve ! There are already many ways of keeping up to date and in contact with my blog including Facebook, Twitter, and more recently Flickr. To add to this I have created an email address specifically for my blog so if anyone has any comments, thought or suggestions please feel free to email me and I'll do my very best to respond to you as soon as possible !

Remember there are other methods of keeping up to date with my blog, uni work, photography and freelance work !


Friday, 7 January 2011

My Embellished Day Out !

On the rare occasion that I had a free day with no lectures, errands to run or sketchbook work that needed completing, I decided to have a cultural day out. I visited the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston Town Centre. I regularly visit the museum for inspiration when it comes to project themes and ideas. I also carried out a photo shoot in the museum for a previous project entitled 'Spirit of the Fashion House'. Whilst on my trip out to the museum I discovered there was a textiles exhibition currently on entitled Embellished: The Art of Fabulous Fabrics. The exhibit includes richly decorated clothes dating from the 1700's to the present day. Textiles such as samplers, patchwork and tapestry are all being showcased for the first time straight from the museum's stores.

I took several pictures on the day of my favourite garments !

One garment in particular caught my eye as I thought it was very innovative for the era it was made. 

I'm referring to this printed silk Lancashire Daily Post dress dating back to 1897. The dress was originally worn by a woman called Clara Dewhurst to a dress ball event in Preston. It is printed with a page from the Lancashire Daily Post of 16th January 1897. The adverts relate to Preston and even include on for Halewood's Bookshop, which is still open on Friargate. Newspaper-print dresses were in fashion for evening wear in the late 18--'s and early 1900's. Lengths of fabric could be printed just as easily as paper. The result was a highly on trend outfit for its time. 

Embellished: The Art of Fabulous Fabrics will be at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery until 23rd April 2011. The exhibition is free entry, for more information visit