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Drawing Fashion

When it comes to art, I’ve always been most fond of photographs, however a good drawing can also catch my attention, especially a good fashion illustration. Therefore, I cannot wait to attend Drawing Fashion, an exhibition at the Design Museum, which will feature original illustrations from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.

Alongside these spectacular images will be film-clips, news reels, music and photography, giving you the whole story, and enhancing the illustrations. Also, there will be three events, starting with the Drawing Fashion Debate tonight, Manolo Blahnik in Conversation with Colin McDowell, which has already sold out, and Stephen Jones in Conversation with Colin McDowell on Wednesday 26th January.

Drawing Fashion is open from 3rd November 2010 until 6th March 2011. Tickets to talks and events cost £15 or £7.50 if you are a member.

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Talullah Tu

Costume jewellery is amazing, but costume jewellery in the style of designer brands is even better, because let’s face it not all of us can afford £250 for a necklace that is only going to be in for one season. This is the reason I am loving Talullah Tu, the accessories website that takes the best of the runway and recreates it at high street price. So, if you have seen a fabulous piece of jewellery that is way out of your price range I suggest you try Tallulah Tu before you give up hope. Also, if you fancy a little pre pay day pick me up, their sale is now on with pieces from £3!

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Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation

The premature death of fashion’s bad boy, Alexander McQueen, earlier this year left a gap in not only the lives of his friends, but also his many fans who loved his work and respected his individuality. Although his collections were still becoming more daring and interesting each season, there were still many pieces he created over the previous years that will go down in fashion history.

To remember McQueen’s work, which is set to inspire generations to come, journalist and fashion blogger Kristin Knox has created a book called Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation, released on May 7th 2010. Along side 125 stunning photographs, the book will also contain commentary on the iconic and inspirational designer and his collections. This book is a must have for any fashionista, McQueen fan or aspiring designer.

Cinderella Me

You may remember a while ago About your Dress told you about Girl Meets Dress, a fabulous store where you can rent designer dresses for those special occasions. However, once you have your dress you obviously need some just as special shoes to go with it, which is where Cinderella Me steps in.

With Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen from only £45 a week and Louboutin’s at £60 you will be perfecting your outfit without filing for bankruptcy. Cinderella Me focus on four core values which are Simple, Affordable, Hygienic and Secure, to ensure customer satisfaction. Hygiene is so important to them that they use a hospital approved method for disinfecting sanitising and sterilising the shoes, so there is no need to worry about receiving stinky stilettos.

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Tina Kalivas

Tina Kalivas’ career started in Costume Design, when she worked for Premier Costume House ‘Angels and Bermans”, whilst studying at the London College of Fashion. Although this gave her the basis for understanding the cut and make of traditional dress, it was 3 years later when she began pattern making and constructing showpieces for the late, great Alexander McQueen that inspired her to further her career in fashion.

The Tina Kalivas label is bold, quirky, tailored yet playful and organic, expressing a great fascination of other worlds and cultures. The pursuit of beautiful real garments has taken Tina all over the world, including Afghanistan where she collaborated with a group of Afghani refugee women who embroidered traditional, colourful rustic embroideries, to adorn the tailored garments, and Tokyo where she designed costumes for a Japanese fantasy film.

Her S/S 10 collection, Polyrhythm, was inspired by the “mysterious natural geometry that lies at the very heart of indigenous African culture”, with some pieces using materials and embroidery developed in Africa. The use of meticulous pattern cutting, folding techniques and carefully aligning the organic fabrics show the natural geometry, and are mixed with African prints that give each individual garment a unique feel. Pieces include a peplum skirt, fitted trousers and shapely dresses just to name a few, all with amazing detailing and made from a selection of gorgeous fabrics.

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Maaike Mekking

 

Royal College of Art graduate and former employee of Alberta Ferretti, Alexander Mcqueen and Aganovich, Maaike Mekking, has been making her name for herself. Over the past few years, she has been getting press coverage from The Guardian, Style magazine and I-D, as well as having her shows featured in a variety of publications from Grazia to Nylon, and labels stocked in stores in London, Paris and Rome.

Her SS10 collection CONTEMPTATION has taken inspiration from leading ladies in films such as Suspiria and Carrie, referencing “the timeless power of the femme fatale” in a ready to wear collection. Maaike Mekking opts for a minimal palette, using colour infrequently for different floral patterns, and focuses on shape instead, with techniques including structural pleating, geometric cut outs and organic layering. Each piece is beautifully made, and the collection features pieces for every aspect of life, from pieces you can use for work wear to stunning floor length gowns.

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