Monday, November 30, 2009
Musical influences include funk and soul music. The disco sound has soaring, often reverberated vocals over a steady "four-on-the-floor" beat, an eighth note (quaver) or sixteenth note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line sometimes consisting of octaves. Strings, horns, electric pianos, and electric guitars create a lush background sound. Orchestral instruments such as the flute are often used for solo melodies, and unlike in rock, lead guitar is rarely used.
—Julian Bond, N.A.A.C.P. chairman of the board.
The age takes its name from jazz music, which saw a tremendous surge in popularity. Among the prominent concerns and trends of the period are the public embrace of technological developments typically seen as progress — cars, air travel and the telephone - as well as new modernist trends in social behavior, the arts, and culture. Central developments included Art Deco design and architecture.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Leather fabric carries natural textures. Some has scars where as others show a grainy surface. Few of them have velvety appearance and some marbled or creased look. Many of them are given textures artificially, such as embossed leather.
Linen fabric textures are not of wide variety but only known for Venice, Damask and Butcher's linen.
Whatever be the source of wool, such as sheep, lamb, alpaca, camel, etc., the fabric of each can be given a different texture to make it more purposeful. For example Chellis is used to make women's and children's dresses and blouses where as Loden is shaped into capes and sportswear. Houndstooth Check is also used in sportswear, specially sportcoats but suits goes well with it. To make tailored suits for men and women, Gabardine is the best.
Silk fabric, one of the higher grade fabric known for its softness, luster, beauty and luxurious look. It gives comfort in all types of weather and is the strongest natural fabric in the world. Indian silk is popular worlwide because of its sheer variety of designs, weaving and quality. The most valued is the Thai silk.
With its versatility, a number of textures are created with cotton fabric. Each texture contribute to the final quality of the cotton. The following are some of the cotton fabric textures."
- Aesthetic (also esthetic or esthetic) – [circa 1815-25] cosmetically appealing
- Bedizen – [circa 1655-65] gaudy or showy adornment or dress
- Blousy – loose, frilly manner of (shirt) dressing
- Braw – [circa 1555-65] (Scot & North England) (pronounced "brah") excellent, fine-looking, dressed in a fine or gaudy manner
- Diaphanous – light filmy material, often sheer
- Delicate, Elegant, Fine, Finespun, Gauzy, Gossamer, Insubstantial
- Esthetic (also esthetic or aesthetic) – [circa 1815-25] cosmetically appealing
- Jaunty – [circa 1655-65] easy and spritely (springy) manner; smartly trimmed, as in clothing
- Habiliment – [circa 1375-1425] clothes or clothing worn in a particular profession; accouterments, trappings (i.e. wizard's garb, a nun's habit, a monk's or clerical attire, a baker's outfit with toque (chef's hat))
- Matte – a flat, non-shiny finish
- Opaque – solid, non-transparent
- Ornamented (ornamentation) – adorned, decorated
- Puffy (sometimes colloquially "poofy") – full, stuffed or filled as to provide voluminous shape or appear greater than reality
- Ribboned – to decorate with ribbons; to wind around as a meandering path
- Semi-sheer – translucent fabric
- Sheer – transparent fabric
- Snug – form-fitting
- Stout – stiff
- Stuffed – full, puffy
- Turgid – [circa 1660-70] swollen, distended (as of the stomach filled with gas); tumid; inflated, overblown, pompous, bombastic; excessively ornate, grandiloquent, ostentatiously lofty in style
- Unsavory – [circa 1175-1225] tasteless, insipid, unpleasant in taste or smell; unappealing, disagreeable; socially or morally objectionable or offensive
- Veneer – [circa 1695-1705] superficially valuable or pleasing; to conceal something of lesser or common quality with a deceptively outward show
- Vitiate – [circa 1525-35] make faulty, spoil, impair the quality of, reduce the value of
- Voluminous – of great size, amply full, large in volume or bulk, having many coils (winding)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Primary Colors: Colors at their basic essence; those colors that cannot be created by mixing others.
Secondary Colors: Those colors achieved by a mixture of two primaries.
MonochromaticMonochromatic means one color. This scheme is easiest to understand and the simplest to work with. It consists of one color and its different values.
The analogous color scheme is similar in feeling to the monochromatic where you choose a color and the two colors adjacent to it on either side. Stay within similar values on either end of the color you have selected.
ComplementaryA complementary scheme uses two colors directly across from each other on the color wheel, such as, green and red. This scheme creates a contrast that can be vibrant and exciting or soothing and relaxing depending on what value of the colors you use. With this scheme it works best to allow one color to be the dominant so that the colors don’t compete with each other.
Color In Motion
Kuler: Color Scheme Creation
Color Scheme Designer
Project Runway Season 6 Cast from Angelique Sims on Vimeo.
The Budget Fashionista
African Inspired Kimono
Duro Olowu : Official Site
Duro Olowu: Spring 2010
Black Fashion Designers
What do you think about this look?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I have established this space as a resource for my Brownsville Prep Fashion Design Enrichment Class. We will be making clothing collages as our final project, but in the meantime we'll be in engaged as trend reporters/ inspiration hunters. Let's begin our investigation with COLOR...
According to this season's report, vibrant brights add a sense of excitement to the palette, especially when set against practical neutrals that provide a safety net for cautious consumers.
Spring and summer naturally evoke feelings of calm ocean waters and tranquil beach vacations in cool, vibrant, tropical Turquoise. This soothing hue from the blue-green family conjures feelings of escape, especially when paired with Amparo Blue. With more warmth than the typical spring navy, this particular shade of blue is extremely appealing because of its brighter, more energetic attitude. Like the scent of a blossoming flower, Violet lends a romantic air to the warm-weather palette. This intriguing purplish hue is a distinctive addition to any wardrobe.