Tuesday, May 22, 2007

fashion photography

Fashion Photography History from Wikipedia…

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The Countess in a photo by Pierre-Louise Pierson (c. 1863/66)
Photography was developed in the30s, but the earliest popular technique, the daguerreotype, was unsuitable for mass printing.[1] In 1856, Adolphe Braun published a book containing 288 photographs of Virginia Oldoini, Countess de Castiglione, a Tuscan noblewoman at the court of Napoleon III. The photos depict her in her official court garb, making her the first fashion model. [2]
In the first decade of the 20th century, advances in halftone printing allowed fashion photographs to be featured in magazines. Fashion photography made its first appearance in French magazines such as La mode practique and Les mode. In 1909, Condé Nast took over Vogue magazine and also contributed to the beginnings of fashion photography. Special emphasis was placed on staging the shots, a process first developed by Baron Adolf de Meyer, who shot his models in natural environments and poses. Vogue was followed by its rival, Harper's Bazaar, and the two companies were leaders in the field of fashion photography throughout the 1920s and 1930s. House photographers such as Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst and Cecil Beaton, and independents such as Yva transformed the genre into an outstanding art form. Europe, and especially Germany, was for a short time the leader in fashion photography.
As World War II approached the focus shifted to the United States, where Vogue and Harper's continued their old rivalry. House photographers such as Irving Penn, Martin Munkacsi, Richard Avedon, and Louise Dahl-Wolfe would shape the look of fashion photography for the following decades. The artists abandoned their rigid forms for a much freer style. In 1936 Martin Munkacsi made the first photographs of models in sporty poses at the beach. Under the artistic direction of Alexander Brodovich, the Harper's Bazaar quickly introduced this new style into its magazine.

Diploma Of Live Production, Theatre & Events (Construction & Manufacturing)
Program Description
Students have the opportunity to develop a diverse range of creative skill sets within live production, theatre and events. Project based simulated working environments will enable students to apply their skills to a major project in the course of their study and act in accordance with organisational approaches to planning and Occupational Health and Safety legislation. 

Students will construct sets and props, learn the basics of lighting, paint and install sets for a major project. Students are also assigned a range of minor -projects that they must plan and implement. 

The program focuses on set and prop construction and scenic art finishing. Beginning to intermediate construction techniques are taught from standard theatre flats with bracing, to using foam-based sculpted approaches for 3-Dimensional finishes. A variety of moulding and casting approaches are explored in the prop making curriculum with emphasis on the construction of urethane rubber based hand puppets. 

The program is conducted in a professional and challenging environment that encourages initiative and creative exploration. Pathways for future employment are to be found in burgeoning technical disciplines allied to the staging of The Arts; Film and TV; Commercial Events; Shows; Productions etc. 

The program is led by practicing professionals with currency in Industry relationships. The aim is of the program is to produce highly skilled and committed graduates who will be able to work confidently and professionally in the Entertainment Industry.
Entry Requirements
Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent with a Sound Achievement in English. 
Non school-leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies. 
Prospective students will need to submit a Folio with application & suitability will be further assessed from these.
Career Opportunities
Graduates will have achieved the skills necessary to apply for the position of Stagehand. They will have full artistic and operational understanding of major performance projects. They will be able to pursue their studies in the University Sector or be able to confidently apply to leading Theatrical Production and other Creative Industries as a multi-skilled employee with clear understandings and experience of the entire operation of a production.
Program Duration
Full Time : 1 year

Program Articulation
At the completion of the Diploma, successful students may enter University for a Degree level and higher studies.
Program Award
Recognition Of Prior Learning
Individuals may receive credit for their knowledge and skills through recognition of prior learning (RPL) upon completion of the RPL process. 
The process will involve an initial meeting with an assessor to discuss your needs. Fees may be applicable for this service. You will then be required to gather your evidence; enrol into the class/es and submit your application for assessment.

Assessment may include skills and achievements from:
• Work experience (paid and unpaid)
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• Previous study (formal or informal training and education, for example industry training, school, college or adult education classes)

In order to grant RPL, an assessor must be confident that candidates are currently competent. Evidence used for assessment may take a variety of forms and could include certification, references from past employers, work samples, testimonials from clients and challenge testing.

For additional information relating to RPL for this program, please contact the RPL Coordinator on 07 3244 5386 or email sbit.rplcoordinator@deta.qld.gov.au
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

michelle jank

Michelle Jank (born 1976 in Perth, Australia) is a well known fashion designer. She is sometimes also referred to as a fashionista, slang word for people that enjoy fashion.

Through her childhood, Jank always demonstrated interest in fashion and drawing. Jank attended the John XXIII College in Perth, where she was one of the top students in her art class, repeatedly scoring high grades at the end of the class semesters. In 1991, Jank became a fashion model, officially beginning her career in the fashion industry at the age of fifteen. After only two years at the University of Western Australia, where she tried for a fine arts degree in textiles and jewellery, Jank decided to move on and finally begin working as a designer. Jank registered her name in 1998, and opened a small shop where she sold her creations. Apart from that, she kept busy as a model, working both in Australia and the United States as a photography model for various firms and participating in some photo ads.

Jank calls herself a magpie collector, seeking out jewellery, laces and textiles in antique and second-hand shops. Delighting in their beauty and rich history these collected treasures form the starting point for Jank's designs. She collages, layers and hand stitches her found pieces into garments whose rich textures, visual appeal and mysterious and evocative past make them exclusive and treasured pieces.





Tuesday, May 15, 2007

jean paul gaultier

Where some designers aim to bring high fashion to the everyday, Jean Paul Gaultier propels it to the realm of art, fantasy, and surrealism. Taking his inspiration from city streets and club scenes, Gaultier has managed to touch on such themes as kitsch, fetishism, futurism, and '40s French sailor suits in his collections, ever since his electronic jewelry debut in 1976 with Francis Menuge. His fanciful visions have made him an obvious collaborator for film, and he's designed costumes for directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("The City of Lost Children"), Pedro Almodovar ("Kika"), Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element"), and more. Perhaps his most famous contribution to modern fashion was his reinvention of underwear as outerwear in the design of Madonna's unforgettable cone bustier, which she flaunted onstage for her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour.

The titles of his collections are also provocative and became key dates in fashion. Examples are High Tech (1980) featuring tin can jewels; Dadism (1983) corsets; Barbes (1985) cross breeding and culture shocks; A Wardrobe for Two (1985) androgynism; Untitled Collection (1987) constructivism; The Conceirge Is In The Staircase (1988) Parisian masculine feminine; The Chics Rabbi (1993) homage to the Jewish people; The Tatooings (1994) romanticism and spirituality.

In 1997, he entered the sphere of high fashion when he launched his first haute couture collection and became a full member of the Chambre Syndicale dela Haute Couture.

Already well-known in the fashion world, he became a household word in the U.S. when he designed the costumes for Bruce Willis and Milla Vulkovich in the movie "The Fifth Element" in 1995.

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Dolce&Gabbana (pronounced "Dol-che Gabb-an-a") is a high-end fashion house started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce, born near Palermo, Sicily, and Stefano Gabbana, born in Milan, Italy.

After their first collection launched to international acclaim in 1986, the brand soon expanded to knitwear, beachwear, lingerie and accessories; today, they have two main clothing lines—the couture Dolce & Gabbana and the younger, more informal D&G. Earning remarkable financial success (despite the prevalence of fraudulent D&G merchandise), the designers’ way with a corset has become emblematic of their love of va-va-voom dressing—and their awesome tailoring talents.

Devastatingly sexy, fetishistic designs and a characteristically Italian aesthetic; every collection would look at home on the set of a Fellini movie. Richly colored animal prints, underwear-as-outerwear, pinstripe suits, and plenty of black are all configured in a provocative way, which helped make D&G the obvious choice to create the costumes for Madon na's 1993 "Girlie Show."

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana first met in Milan in 1980, while working as assistants in an atelier. Dolce, who studied fashion design and worked for his family's small clothing factory, grew up in a small Sicilian village; Gabbana, a trained graphic designer, grew up in Milan. They had an immediate creative connection and went into business together two years later. Now overseeing what has become a tru fashion empire, the duo has even crossed over into the music world, recording a techno single in 1996 that feature the refrain "D&G is love."

Since their first womenswear collection in 1985, Dolce & Gabbana have evolved into perhaps the definitive purveyors of sexy clothes for women who want to revel in their voluptuous femininity. They have taken items like satin corset bodies, black hold-up stockings, fishnets, and maribou-trimmed baby dolls out of their previous demimonde existence and put them together in such a way that they have become classy outfits for the new glamorous image of the 1990s, an escape from the pervasive unisex sporty styles

Lisa Ho

Lisa Ho

With a design philosophy inspired by the romanticism of vintage textiles, Lisa Ho has been at the forefront of the Australian Fashion Industry for the past 23 years.

Like many of Australia's fashion designers, fresh out of college in 1982, Lisa Ho started her career at the Paddington markets with her designs that quickly brought her retail and media attention and began the Lisa Ho brand.

The Lisa Ho brand has continued to build into one of the most recognised brands in Australia and has a strong celebrity following with signature pieces.

Her international reputation, was first recognized during the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, which featured a special Lisa Ho designed segment celebrating her role in Australian fashion. Lisa was also asked to design the gown worn by Oliva Newton John for her performance to welcome the Olympic athletes.

Lisa travels widely, quietly watching the way people go about their lives and the changes in the world they’re moving in. And it’s always done through a designer’s eye. “I think if you’re a designer you look at all forms of design – art, television, music - everything influences you.”

Today Lisa Ho has culminated in a national signature store base of 10, an exclusive department store arrangement with David Jones and representation in over 250 boutiques both local and internationally.


Issey Miyak

Issey Miyake has been described as "the world's most original fashion designer". He has been chosen as one of the "1000 Makers of the Twentieth Century." He is immensely complimented and widely celebrated more than any designer ever could be. Hence, writing anything good about his work is old news. What is remarkable about him, however, is Miyake's ability to keep innovating and reinvent the process of design over and over. That is not something that every designer can pull off.
In the show, "Making Things" (which was originally held at the Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris), Miyake exposes his process of design. One of his most recent and most interesting pieces is called A-POC, short for "A Piece of Cloth," whose process is extremely simple yet magically puzzling. It's simple because this piece begins as a tube of knit. It is puzzling because one can cut this tube of knit in order to create their own panoply, including, socks, hat, and even a handbag.
In one of the rooms of the gallery, a gigantic coil of this material unfolds over a procession of mannequins. The exhibition guide explains that the material is produced by a computer-programmed industrial knitting machine. This can be customized to produce numerous variations of clothes.
There are many other innovative pieces like this in the show. For example, pants that are over 2 meters long are shrunk to human scale by soaking them in a chemical bath. Or, a simple square of fabric, without any needle or thread, wraps around the body, creating an elegant dress.

While many designers today are obsessed with fame and money, Issey Miyake is obsessed with the craft of design. He invents his own process and materials, and that is why he creates clothes that are almost beyond our imagination. He is a painter who creates his own paints, brushes, and canvas.
One must wonder, though, about practical aspects of his clothes. Many of them are often extremely irregularly shaped and use radically unusual materials. It is difficult to imagine, for instance, how easily one can maintain clothes that have metal films on their surface. Nonetheless, any creator, whether in fashion, industrial, graphic design, or any other creative industry, can learn a great deal from one of the masters of the twentieth century. It is not just his process and talent, but also his will as a designer to persist with what he believes in that makes Issey Miyake distinguished from everyone else.

Vivienne Westwood

Katherine Hamnett

Katherine Hamnett (b.1947)

British fashion designer best known for her political t-shirts and her ethical business philosophy. After studying fashion she opened her own fashion business with a college friend and they began showing their collections in designer fashion shows through which their business grew rapidly and internationally and began working for clients as big as Liz Taylor, the Beatles, Princess Diana, Madonna and George Michael.
She is heavily involved in campaigning on many environmental issues and has been for the past 20-30 years, including a worldwide nuclear ban and cleaning up the textile, clothing and footwear industries to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases released upon the environment. This lead to what she was best known for, her t-shirt designs, usually oversized and having bold unmissable messages about political or environmental issues. T-shirts topics included ‘worldwide nuclear ban now’, ‘preserve the rainforests’, ‘save the world’, ‘save the whales’ and ‘education not missiles’, all sold with a percentage going to charity and for the purpose of voicing her opinion hopefully appealing to copycat designers to send the message globally.
Hamnett's oversized t-shirts with large block letter slogans were adopted by pop bands including Wham!, with her "CHOOSE LIFE" slogans prominently displayed in the music video.
At one point, Hamnett met with then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wearing her own t-shirt with the slogan "58% Don't Want Pershing", a reference to polls showing public opposition in the United Kingdom against the basing of United States nuclear weapons on Pershing missiles

She not only designed t-shirts but other clothing ranges as well and also invented stonewashing, distressed denim and stretch denim in 1979.

She won many awards such as designer of the year for both mens and womens clothing and for her political stands.


Erin Petson

Erin Petson.

An Artist and illustrator, Erin works at the cutting adge traditional and mixed media.
Her love of drawing blends seamlessly with textures and montage to create powerful and provocative images. Her subjects are often withdrawn, on edge and detached from their surroundings, which adds to the mystery of Erin’s work and contrasts its delicacy.
Erin constantly experiments with media, scale and reference in her work. You are likely to find tape,collage,magazine clippings and textiles in and amongst her pencil drawing and painting.
Commissions by playstation, Stella Mcartney, Selfridges,Asdalascivious have all come since graduating from liverpool in 2004, whilst her illustration has featured in Time Out London, Domino New York, Rojo, Tank Magazine, Tiger and Plastic Rhino.
Seeing her work for real is recommended as its power comes from the textures and the immediacy of her images.

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Francois Berthoud

François Berthoud was born in Switzerland; he attended art school in Lausanne where he graduated in graphic design. He then moved to Milan to work for Conde Nast Italy. Since the mid 80’s he started his own activity, developing his highly recognizable mark and distinguishing himself by his ability to unite the language of graphic and painting. His early work has been largely published by “ VANITY” directed by Anna Piaggi. His high-impact images have been seen in magazines such as Numero, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Mixte, V magazine, Amica, Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italy, Vogue Nippon, Visionaire.
He has collaborated with advertising clients such as Givenchy, Malo, Costume National, Bruno Magli, Hermes, Selfridges, Incotex, Myla, Tiffany’s, Capucci, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Agnona, Galerie Lafayette, Max Mara, Shiseido, The Ginza, Synchro Crossings, The Gap, Alessi.
His work has been exhibited worldwide in solo and group shows and has been published in many reference books.
Published books include:

Edition Dino Simonett - 2000
With an essay by Holly Brubach
(AAVV) Thames & Hudson
Personal exhibitions include:
· Unified Messages:
Camerawork Gallery, Berlin (2002)
Catalogue, "Unified Messages", Steidl
· Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano (1998)
· Galerie Bartsch & Chariau, Munich (1997)
Group exhibitions include:
· Dreaming in Print: A Decade of Visionaire
FIT, New York (2001)
· Fashion Illustration Now
Mayor Gallery, London (2000)
· Addressing the Century
Hayward Gallery, London (1998)

David La Chapelle

David La Chapelle

For the art world, the celebrated glamour photographer David La Chapelle (b. 1969) is a guilty pleasure. His sex-soaked color photos of celebrities and fashion models are just too high key. Nothing is held back. The lily is not only gilded, but drenched in rhinestones, draped in haute couture and surrounded by the most exotic props imaginable.

It's about time. Minimalism is, like, so 40 years ago. In addition to his photographs, the Los Angeles-based La Chapelle has made many music videos for performers ranging from Elton John to Gwen Stefani. He's published half a dozen photo books, most recently Artists & Prostitutes 1985-2005, a 688-page collection from Taschen that retails at an impressive $2,500.

David La Chapelle has evolved his photography into an idiosyncratic and highly personal combination of reportage and surrealism. La Chapelle is one of photography's brightest stars, bringing high intensity, larger than life images to the pages of magazines worldwide.

Initially distinguished by his campy fixation with white-trash culture,
La Chapelle is also known for his groundbreaking use of computer
manipulation and futuristic fashion shoots and for placing hollywood celebrities from Madonna, Uma Thurman, Elton John to Drew Barrymore to
the X-files' David Duchovny in wildly imaginative and often compromising erotically charged settings.

La Chapelle's monstrosities are that breed of gaunt, blemishless human built
and enslaved by heavy makeup, lighting and the glorifying voodoo of photographic attention, e.g., models, transsexuals and Leonardo Dicaprio. It is a prophecy of even scurvier spiritual illness yet to come from our
media-centric society, in the not-so-distant future.






Tuesday, May 8, 2007

fashion illustrators

1. Leon Bakst
2. Baldazzini
3. Delhomme
4. Francois Berthoud
5. Fulvimari
6. Giandelli
7. Hiroshi Tanabe
8. Gustavson
9. Jason Brooks
10. Robyn Beeche
11. Kareem Iliya
12. Kroencke
13. Labanda
14. Lelas
15. Lorenzo Matotti
16. Edlan Man
17. Matchavariani
18. Piet Paris
19. Ruggeri
20. Sisto alyce
21. Tobie Giddio
22. Watkins
23. Wendt
24. davud la chapparelle
25. erte
26. Phillip Treacy

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

BRANDON “RAGNAR” JOHNSON was born In Roseville, California. The artist moved around much of the west coast of California while growing up, but spent his formative years in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

As a young man, the artist would often spend his weekends painting alongside his Father, a fine artist and photographer.

He spent his teen years playing guitar in punk bands and making illustrations for punk fanzines and concert flyers. He eventually wound up working in the fashion industry which took him to Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and eventually back to Los Angeles. After a brief break from all things “creative” he attended Art Center College Of Design in Pasadena as a Graphic Design student. While there, he began to feel the tug of his illustration roots and his work moved back in that direction.

His work is an amalgam of all of his interests and experiences - film noir, fashion illustration, classic cartoons, the great men's magazine artists, mid century design and architecture, and old Las Vegas.

After graduating with honors from Art Center, a flurry of advertising design work launched his professional career, and shortly thereafter he began working in the animation industry as an art director and character designer for Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, and Cartoon Network.

Brandon "Ragnar" Johnson glamorizes the art of seduction in these vibrantly colored, profoundly stylized limited edition fine art prints. His monochromatic voyeurism is a contemporary callback to classic film noir, reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window.” Ragnar is known for a lurid and sensual style, often personified by overtly virile men and voluptuous harlequin women. His artwork has all the characteristics of classic pulp fiction, and he’s even created an art series based around the glamour of vintage Hollywood movie posters!

Growing up between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, it is no wonder that Ragnar's art is so heavily influenced by the florescent lights and hard shadows of a decidedly mod genre. He began his career in the underground “zine scene”, illustrating for local music publications and designing concert flyers. Ragnar later went on to work in fashion, where he perfected the industry’s distinctive elongated form now typical of his illustrations. After obtaining a degree in graphic design from the esteemed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, Ragnar launched a lucrative career in the animation industry. He’s worked for such powerhouse studios as Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, and Cartoon Network, and has secured a position as one of the most gifted contemporary illustrators of our generation.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the greatest designers of the 20th century. Her witty and stylish clothes were most popular in the 1930's and 1940's, and are still admired today. Here is her portrait on the TIME magazine cover of August 1934.
Elsa Schiaparelli was born in Rome in 1890. She had a colourful childhood, although she did many things to shock her parents. She caused a sensation when she attended a ball in Paris with material just wound around her body, when it started to unrave

Elsa Schiaparelli was a surrealist artist in the world of high fashion. She took "hard" and made it soft, she raised glass and mirrors to unprecedented levels of fashion. She converted the surrealist's dream into a fashion bonanza.
Schiaparelli's world fused dreams and actions. Skilled in poetic creation, she gave clothing the capability to become art. The trajectory of her dreams travelled over conflicting paths; her actions were directed to recreate the world of fashion.
Her clothing was more than apparel as she fused inventive creativity and romance into art. She took willful illusion and pounded it into wearable apparel. Her accessories became fashion statements to be worn and admired.
She was fashion’s orchestra leader blending surrealism and fashion into a symphony of fun.

Elsa Schiaparelli was born in Rome in 1896. She opened her house in Paris in 1929 and was immediately successful. Over the years, she created many unique designs and was acclaimed internationally. She became a leading international designer of fashion and fragrances. She created numerous perfumes including Salut, Soucis, Shocking, Sleeping, Snuff, Le Roy Soleil, Zut, Eau de Sante, Verveine, Success Fou, Sport, Si, S, So Sweet and Shocking You.

chiaparelli France has embarked upon a program to meticulously reproduce Elsa Schiaparelli's original fragrances.
Her beautiful floral fragrance "Shocking" has been produced in a Baccarat crystal, limited numbered edition bottle. The fragrance, composed of over 500 individual ingredients, is adorned by a crystal bottle in the form of a female bust protected by a glass cover (see photo below). Elsa Schiaparelli was the first artist, designer, perfumeur to use this form of bottle. The price of the re-edition is $1,000.00.

Her 12 Commandments for Women
Always a business woman, many of these commandments were for her business benefit, especially the last!
1. Since most women do not know themselves they should try to do so.
2. A woman who buys an expensive dress and changes it, often with disastrous result, is extravagant and foolish.
3. Most women (and men) are color-blind. They should ask for suggestions.
4. Remember-twenty percent of women have inferiority complexes. Seventy percent have illusions.
5. Ninety percent are afraid of being conspicuous, and of what people will say. So they buy a gray suit. They should dare to be different.
6. Women should listen and ask for competent criticism and advice.
7. They should choose their clothes alone or in the company of a man.
8. They should never shop with another woman, who sometimes consciously or unconsciously, is apt to be jealous.
9. She should buy little and only of the best or cheapest.
10. Never fit a dress to the body, but train the body to fit the dress.
11. A woman should buy mostly in one place where she is known and respected, and not rush around trying every new fad.
12. And she should pay her bills.