We should go out tonight and wear shoes that kill our feet, but it’s ok because we look good in them.

As a sweeping generalization, EVERY girl knows what its like to go on a night out in shoes that would hurt even a horse’s foot! (Their shoes are made of steel and are nailed into thier hoofs!) let’s go through the steps!

1. Getting Ready!

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why is she in her underwear with only one shoe on!?

2. Choosing shoes and a dress that match!

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You’d assume this would be easier with the amount of shoes and dresses you have!

3. Downing brightly coloured shots at Prinks!

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ooooooh PINK!

4. Stumbling into a taxi, and trying to tell the driver which pre-bar you’re going to!

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“Cabn yobu takbe ubo tbo Mimbo’s pleasbe!”

5. Getting 50% off entry cos you’re a woman with cleavage in high heals and the promo wanker’s a perv!

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ahahah he thinks he’s so smooth! NO WAY MATE!

6. Start dancing and feet start to hurt!

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It hurts but at least I look good!

7. OUCH! Better take these shoes off!

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woah, thats much better!

8. Feet bleeding and hurting even more because taking shoes off in a club where there is broken glass is a bad idea!

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It turns out skin isn’t glass proof!

9. Being weljel of that bitch in flats!

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Just look at the smug bitch!

10. Going home crying cos you’ve had enough and your feet hurt so much then doing it again next week!

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Eistein

 

 

 

Creating the Tit Zip.

As we sat around a table in the library, we discussed and clairfied the task that was set. We first thought about what people need, but don’t have. This was rather difficult, as nowadays people tend to have what they need. So we thought to think about what people don’t need but would greatly improve the way they live.

After some pondering and some thinking, we had an idea. Mothers breast feeding in public has been popping up in the news quite often recently, and we thought that there must be an easier, more descreet way to breast feed. We knew about the Breast feeding covers, or nursing shawl if you prefer. (Magda Ibrahim, 2015) but there didn’t seem to be any alternatives to this. And there must be an easier way to, to put it delicately, get your breast out.

We came up with two reasonable ideas. First, the “Bap Flap” a simple flap thats part of the clothing, all you have to do is lift up one of the flaps to remove you breast, no have to fully lift up or pull down your top, exposing your belly or whole breast. And what’s more is that you can use the flap to cover the baby as you feed. However, we thought that it was a bit impractical to have a flap on your clothing, so we thought about adding a zip or velcro, to keep the flap in place when not in use. We named this the “Tit Zip.”

To create a “Human-Centric Design” I would suggest consumer participation is one of, if not the, most important thing. It’s impossible to know what a human wants without observing/asking them.

“When you’re working at breakneck speeds with tight deadlines, taking time out to gather feedback from users can feel like a luxury that’s easy to put off. But there’s no substitute for the nuance and depth of insight that can come from an in-person conversation. And with a couple of well-crafted Craigslist ads, a couple hundred dollars to pay your participants and an afternoon, you can quickly check key assumptions, uncover opportunities for improvement and gather inspiration for new ideas.” – (Dave Thomsen, 2013)

Costume like Clockwork.

A Clockwork Orange  (1971) was the first film Italian costume designer Milena Canonero worked on, director Stanley Kubrick hired her after meeting her on the set of 2001: A Space Odyessy (1968) (Anderson, 2015). She later worked on another two of Kubrick’s works; Barry Lyndon (1975) and The Shining (1980). The former of which, she won her first Oscar for, and latter of which, she recieved her first of four academy awards for (IMDB, 2015). Other Notable works include; Chariots of Fire (1981), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and most recently she won her fourth Oscar at the 2015 Oscars for her costume design work on the Wes Anderson directed The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)  (Anderson, 2015).

“Milena Canonero is a ‘Character Designer’ who works closely with the directors for the creation of an entity [and] has an infinite precision for details whose colors reveal the character’s psychology…” (Wanderfull, 2015)

The film was based on the 1962 Novel of the same name. Written by Anthony Burgess who thought to write the novel when he came back to England in 1959 from Malaya and Brunei, where he had clonial teaching posts. He Noticed that a new youth culure had emerged in England, a culture that wasn’t present when he was a youth, a culture of drugs, pop music and Teddy Boy Violence, a group associated with american rock and roll. Burgess himself claims that in 1944 during the London Blitz, his first wife, Llewela Jones, was a victim of an attack committed by 4 US Soilders, similar to that of one of the ones Alex, the main protagonist, and his gang of droogs performs in the novel. Which could easily be inspiration for the violent themes covered in the book. Burgess also drew inspiration from dystopian novels such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited (unknown, 2015).

Both the film and book are set in a futuristic London, however the film was filmed eight/nine years later than when the book was written. In which time London saw the rise and fall of the Mod subculture, a subculture particularly associated with violent brawls with the other main subculture of the early 60s, the rockers. This probably influenced the overall design of the film, but the film stil closely followed it’s source material.

It is told in first person from the perspective of Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, a male youth living in a dystopian, futuristic London. Alex spends his time taking part in violent activities, such as rape, with his gang of droogs and listening to Ludwig Van (Beethoven). During one of his violent nights he kills a woman and concequently gets arrested for it. He is then ‘cured’ of his violent nature through treatment, known as the Ludvico Technique. When he is cured he is captured by one of his previous victims and somewhat tortured, resulting in an undoing of the Ludivico Technique.

I will be focusing on the two-tone costume worn by Alex and his droogs. The black hat, white shirt, white trousers, white suspenders, black boots, a cane and a jock strap worn over the trousers. This one – 4379579_f520 – http://hubpages.com/holidays/How-to-dress-like-Alex-in-A-Clockwork-Orange-The-Droog-Costume

I chose this costume because of the cultural influence it has made. It’s a popular choice for halloween costumesand there has been many references made throughout popular culture showcased here by Homer Simpson and co. from the long-running animated comedy, The Simpsons –

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“Obviously working with Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest experiences of my career. It’s impossible to put into words what it was like. Kubrick gave me a lot of guidance. He took me along to check out sites and sent me to photograph certain things. He wanted me to understand what he was looking for. He told me that the head is the most visible part in film and I should start from there.” – (Bourne, 2011)

This would suggest that the first part of the iconic costume she design was the black bowler hat.

Despite what many believe, that the cane and bowler hat are references to a metaphorical figure of Charlot, Canonero, the costume designer, actually chose those accessories because they are traditional symbols of the establishment and Britain, and it becomes intimidating and dark when worn by Alex and his gang (Fiumelli, Unknown).

It wasn’t just the hats and canes that were inspired by, and probably inspired, British culture. The boots were inspired by London’s current street fashion at the time of making the film. The Black footwear were known throughout british youths as ‘bovver boots’, refering to bother. and causing a spot of it. The boots even sparked a creation of a cult named Bovver Boys who would partake in being a general nuisance much like Alex and friends. (Gross, 1986)

The Simpsons isn’t the only one in pop culture to reference the get up worn by Alex and his Droogs. In fact, KTZ based thier Fall/Winter 2015 collection on the film, includng this Droog inspired design –KTZ-Fall-Winter-2015-London-Collections-Men-020http://www.thefashionisto.com/ktz-fallwinter-2015-inspired-clockwork-orange-london-collections-men/

Although KTZ has given it a much less sinister look, with the oversized anorak an umbrella instead of a cane and shiny, not used for kicking people, boots.

Popular music band ‘No Doubt’, fronted by the once famous Gwen Stefani, wore some A Clockwork Orange inspired gear as they performed on The Today show in 2009, this is what they looked like –

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I think it’s time for another, earlier The Simpsons reference. This time, the younger male Simpson, Bart is dressed as Alex in the 1992 hallowen Special, ‘Tree house of Horror III.’ I guess the writers of The Simpsons quite like A Clockwork Orange, they’ve manged to fit in several references to it throughout its 25 year+ run.

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Popular spoof magazine, MAD released an issue in June ’73 titled ‘A Clockwork Lemon.’ On the cover, the cartoon bloke from MAD is Dressed as Alex. c3d59ac0d63a647acb1a8531a07e8d19.jpghttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/80853755783680986/

(Bailey, 2012)

According to bank of knowledge, Wikipedia, there’s a good seventy-five or so cultural references to A Clockwork Orange, a large portion of which credited to the costume used. And despite what many people think, Wikipedia doesn’t know everything. So there can be so many more references out there unknown to the free encyclopedia, which is undoubtable evidence of how much of an impact Milena Canonero has had on the world with her costume design work on the highly regarded film.

 

 

 

 

 

Also, ‘Droogs’ sounds like drugs. And I don’t think thats a coincidence. Although that has nothing to do with costume. Just a thought.

 

 

The queen and her shoes.

On the first week of CTS, we were given a picture of a shoe.

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This is that shoe. According to the image, we disscussed the shoe in a group and we came up with the conclusion that this was a child’s shoe (probably a poor one’s) from wayback when. As it appears to be made of leather we decided that it could be either utility, protection or a status shoe. I decided to go with status because if an adult were to wear children’s shoes, they would probably be looked down upon and judged.

As I was looking into status I thought that it could be interesting to look at the opposite of a poor child’s status, so I thought to look at the queens shoe. I chose an extract from The Queen’s Clothes by Robb and Anne Edwards.

The article basically claims that: “The Queen is on her feet more than the most hardworked nurse.” (Robb and Anne Edwards, -:P.89) so she needs to value comfort over anything else, unlike in her youth when she sacrificed comfort for hat what was trendy at the time. Even though this makes sense, I still somehow found it surprising for some reason I assumed because she is of a higher class she would trade comfort for style.

Fashion features: A look into the fashion choices of a young Polish woman.

In a dusty room full of Apple iMacs on the 3rd floor of the London College of Communication’s media block, I was joined by human buyer of fabrics and frequent wearer of clothes; Kinga Kindraczuk.

Rob North:

Hi there Kinga, thank you for joining me in this Q&A.

For my first question, would you say that you are a follower of trends?

Kinga Kindraczuk:

Kind of, to be honest I don’t care about the trends I just buy and wear what I like and what looks good on me.


 R:

Ah, in which case what sort of clothign do you tend to buy/wear? for example legging or jeans etc.

 K:

Do you mean what kind of style or what kind of clothes?

R:

Either. Both!

K:

Okay, well I really like Boho and Hippy style, and these are kind of clothes I’m trying to buy, especially floral dresses however it’s hard for me to find clothes that I actually look good in, because most dresses are made for girls with small boobs.

R:

That must be really difficult for you, so what do you actually find yourself buying?

K:

Okay so my body shape is an hourglass so anything that fits, such as dresses with a belt at the waist, or high waist jeans.

R:

Cool. Which shops do you usually shop at? do they tend to be high street brands or more high end labels? or even independent shops?

K:

Usually high street brands

R:

Care to expand?

K:

Mhmm Pull and bear is currently my favourite as they have a lot of Boho clothes, same as Stradivarius.

R:

Roughly how much would you say you spent on clothes per month?

K:

Well it depends I don’t go shopping too often, probably around £70 a month, depends what I need.

 

For this interview I wanted to talk to someone who isn’t particularly interested in fashion or follwing trends, and find out how they feel about the current fashion landscape, I found it interesting that as a larger breasted woman, she wasn’t being accomidated for. Which I see from looking at the Stradivarius website, small chested women make up for the vast majority of models used.

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I tried on a £3000 coat once.

So, yesterday I went into the Emporio Armani Shop in Knightsbridge, on Brompton road to be exact. As we entered my friend and I were greeted by a well-groomed, naturally attractive sales assistant. In fact all the staff were well groomed and naturally attractive, I assume its a large part of the hiring process, because why would you want to buy clothes from an average looking person? The shop itself was lit brightly and the walls were laced with mirrors, apart from where the clothes were being displayed, giving the shop a sparkling, shiny atmosphere. There was music, though I don’t really recall it, just that it was generic and nothing famous. The aroma wasn’t like the smell that you get in high street brand stores, it was pleasant, but subtle. Not the usual smell of body odor that you get in shops. I would describe the taste, but I feel like I would’ve been asked to leave had I licked anything.

As we walked around the shop, we were obviously being followed by a sales assistant/security guard, who was trying to make it look like he wasn’t following us. (The place is too fancy to have an actual security guard so I assume the sales assistants double up as undercover ones.) one thing Which I was impressed with was how non-gendered the displays were, even the “men’s” underwear was next to the “women’s” the was very little segregation between genders as oppose to other shop where the interiors completely change to let you know you’re going into a different section. After a While of wandering around looking at clothes that we would look amazing in but could only buy if we didn’t plan on paying rent for a while, we went upstairs and asked one of the staff if we could try some coats on. And we did, and we looked fabulous. I didn’t look at the price as that would ruin the illusion that money wasn’t an object, but after we left my friend told me “that coat you tried on cost like, 3 grand y’know?” but I wasn’t even that warm wearing it.