Thursday, 23 May 2013

Final Major Project 2013: BA Hons Fashion Design with Business Magazine

As well as making three outfits I also had to create a magazine. Based on the same theme topic of Cancer. So I created a S/S13 issue on Adobe Photoshop and Indisign.

I started off doing some research of who my magazine competitors. These are ID, Wonderand, Nylon, River  Island Stye Insider.

Than I done my story board........

My first photoshoot for my magazine!!!
Accessories are from the high street shops and are in trend!! S/S13
Make up done by the lovely Leona Rose Beauty

Photoshoot taken place in the Victoria Secrets in Westfield shopping centre in Stratfod City London. I chose this store because they are supporters of Breast Cancer UK and supply Comfort bras.

More behind the scene for a different photoshoot.

Receipts for the clothes and accessories I got for the shoot.

Hair and make done at the Aura in Croydon. Wanted the bald look to represent Cancer patients who have lost their hair.



Final Major Project 2013: Fashion Design with Business Collection

 SOOO my Final Major Project is based on Breast Cancer.....As every designer bases every collection on something personal and what they have been through, in depth. I have based mine on a Disease that has affected others and myself. I have used it as a outlet and distraction to my feelings of this. Typically like the Cancer Research UK I am using Pink as my color throughout the collection. I have been asked to make three outfits and will show you my designs and journey.....

RIP 9th November 2012

This is the last time I went out with my Mum to get her hair cut. This was very much important to her as it is to every woman who does, love and adore her hair. So this was a great little treat to make her day and most importantly feel beautiful, like Mommy like daughter!! With her hair falling out often, a regular trip to the hair dressers for a shape up was something that not only kept her in a routine, but most importantly made her happy which was most important. Anything to make my Mum smile.

Breast Cancer Mood Board
Looking in depth at Mastectomy (Surgery to remove breasts) and Cancer cells. The shapes and colors of the diseased tissues, images of the breast-less body; stitch lines, asymmetrical features. The show piece will reflect this.

Silhouettes and shapes for my outfits came from Hospital uniform. This was also my inspiration as it is the place where we go to look after ourselves. The place for healing and recovery. The only place where we can physically get treatment and cure our body. This is the place where we have hope for the sick, and tears for the new born and departed.

I researched different fabrics and shades of pink. All in the best place to be in my humble opinion, Shepherds     Bush market!! Here you can get all..well OK majority of all the fabrics and at a reasonable price too. And you can bargain with them as there is so many shops next door to each other in competition. So I really stand by this area, and that is not because I am being told to say this (You have to pay me for any future promotions HAHA:))

As the Giving person I am LoL I raised money for breast Cancer Care by selling Cakes!! Not just Cupcakes by the way, I just want to emphasize that!! It was so much fun and it felt good too knowing you was giving money to such a wealthy cause. Soon I will do Race For Life too with my friends and will keep you posted on that too!

This is my first design I have developed on the mannequin around the breast area in Calico material to make a toile. 

This was given to my Mum from the hospital to help support her body. I took inspiration from this frame and the shape for my designs.

Using my Mums clothes I came up with styling ideas to help develop my designs.

Images from my sketchbook showing when I looked into Cells further and from this doing textile manipulation.

These are the toiles complete of my designs.

First final outfit completed. Called 'The Patients Gown'
If you look close you can see the mirror print effect of the word 'Cancer' which represents how Cancer can hide. Only if you look close enough, such as doing specific tests you can see it , but it can be missed.

Outfit 2 called 'Mastectomy'
The leggings have hair stitched on to represent hair loss. Depending on the severity and treatment, nearly 9 out of 10 Cancer patients loose theirs.

Using photoshop to manipulate the disabled logo to use as a screen print. The disabled logo reminds me a lot of going out with my Mum who used her Disable badge, which was great. To the family traveling with her it was like a VIP ticket!! Free parking and traveling!! and discount in the cinema!!! Good times :)

Outfit 3 called 'Cancer'.
With the disabled logo to represent being classed as disabled due to Cancer. 

Thats it!! 
Cancer Collection Completed!!


Friday, 17 May 2013


Hey Peeps!!! 

I am back finally. Sorry I been away, just been busy with life and its little obstacles. But never the less I am back and staying!. So how have you been? What's been good? What's new? 

I am good, well better, I had a sad moment in my life where I lost the most important vessel in my heart. It was a shock even though she wasn't her best.... I guess nothing in life prepares you for that...subtraction. It's weird because one evening she was there watching our daily Corrie with the family and the next she was... taken. I truly can't explain what the past few months has been like! Hectic but in a numb sort of way. It's like you know what needs to be done, and you have to do it, but on the inside you are just... not there. I can't tell you how many times I have heard repetitively, 'Time is a healer' or ' You know she would of wanted you to be happy'. Like dude how the hell would you know! But in all fairness I would probably say the same thing to a crying person who looks like they need some form of hope or even lies for comfort. and am sure I have on a few occasions hypercritically done so. I get a sort of hateful emotion when I hear or see the word, 'Cancer', like if it was a person or object I would really like to ask the person WHY? For what reason is your purpose? The battle all of us felt as a family with this disease, the emotional and physical strain it took on us all. I emphasize the word ALL as even though one body suffers with the disease I can assure you, emotionally we felt it. Looking after someone you loved dearly day in and day out, which became a normal routine to then just looking after yourselves. The scary voice in the back of your head wondering that dreadful thought of 'will she see me get married?' But you always keep it at the back of your head and brace a smile. So yeah it was a hard time, sad, painful, all what you expect and hear people in similar situations say. You truly never realize what you have until it's gone. I am always thankful to the one and only Angel who put me here on this earth and has made me who I am today, my late beloved mother Brenda Campbell. 

So now I am finally in my last year of Uni doing my Final Major Project on Breast Cancer. LoL for obvious reasons!! As a true designer I have taken inspiration from my own life story. So I am designing a Magazine and designing a whole womens fashion collection! So am a busy busy bee!! While am buzzing away I am still grieving but doing this is also helping me. Helping me analyse deeper the effects and consequences. Maybe something positive will come out of this deep meaningful project.....ERM yeah good grades please a 1st!! :) 

Please be patient with my tender soul as I sure will sure return to this full time in the summer once my Uni work is DONE! I will be giving you the trends, what I think is (Cliche alert!!) Hot or not?? And my other interesting or maybe not so interesting thoughts that I have and love to share with you guys!! 

Be sure to follow your girl on Twitter: @Lydia Darkens and on Instargram: Care1bear. A follow receives a follow back!! 

Oh before I forget!! I am taking part in Race for Life and raising money towards Cancer research. So if you feel like being nice, as am sure you are please donate. Anything is great, Thank you in advance. Click on the link below:

Rebekah the Individualist

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