Monday, April 22, 2013

Sensuous Spaces created by fabric draping technique

Here is a second part of the previous post:
Fabric Draping in Fashion
Fabric Draping is one of the techniques used by fashion designers all over the world. FABRIC DRAPING  and first thing comes in my mind is Saree. The fist person I saw  on earth was probably my mother, adorned in Draped Saree. It is absolutely an example of  ultimate mastery in draping fabric. I can write a whole book about it or paint many paintings and even use them to create dramatic interior spaces. Just look at the photo below- Saree adorned in Indian traditional way.

However, here I want to use the same format as previous post and talk about the designers using draping to create their signature collection and interior spaces.
Jeremy Laing
This young designer Jeremy Laing creates modern and casual collection using draping cotton, linen and silk fabric.
credit -Jeremy Laing
 Tarun Tahiliani
Also, designer, Tarun Tahiliani from North India is my favorite. He creates a collection from  exquisitely crafted textiles and uses draping techniques which is eye candy to me.
Check out the photo-
Designer- Tarun Tahiliani - Draping the fabric
Fabric Draping in Interior Design
Now let us see similar technique used in creating interior spaces. Below is an example of temporary interior space designed by Tarun Tahiliani. He has draped many thin triangular strips of glittered fabrics with various shades of one color and with night lights, it does create warm and dramatic vibrant space.

Interior Space created by Tarun Tahiliani for a special event
 Gisela Stromeyer
 Another example is of Elie Tahari showroom in New York.  Designer, Gisela Stromeyer, with architecture and dance background has transformed the box like room into fluid, sensuous space, see photo below.  And, she has done this with the use of sheer fabric and draping it to let the fabric be itself. 

Elie Tahari Showroom, by Gisela Stromeyer
Fabric/textile is one of my favorite mediums. I keep coming back to it and I am hoping to work on it to create a temporary or permanent space. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Elevating plain cloth to Devine - Creative Cutting

Techniques explored in  Fashion & Interior Design

Creative Fabric Cutting technique in Fashion and Interior Design
Neither do I sew nor I have skills or resources to design clothes, but I watch this TV show, "Project Runway" every week. It is a show in which a selected group of designers compete with each other to  make clothes. That seems simple, but what I like is the process where they are given a theme and limited money to fulfill the criteria in a short time, generally a day or two. The contestants display their work through runway show and one person wins the challenge and one with the lowest scores leaves the show.
I am amazed by different interpretations on which each designer puts his or her design out. Sometimes, for me, it is magical to see the dress evolved from a plain cloth. There are numerous ways, designers change and transform simple fabric and create adornment for body; to name few:  screen printing, cutting,  folding, draping and stone washing so on. I started thinking of the similar techniques in Architecture and Interior design. Here you go- I found couple of Fashion Designers/Interior Designers. They have used their expertise and skills in different disciplines. They do create poetry in their creations. They adorn the body and the space. In this post, I am describing one designer who uses cutting technique and in the next post, will describe another designer, who uses draping technique.

Myrto Dramountani- Geometric Shapes Cutting in Fashion
Myrto Dramountani from Athens, Greece  designs clothes and collaborates with architecture companies to design interior spaces. She specializes in cutting the fabric in unique ways and creating her signature textile, which she  puts together to make clothes.Check out the photos below with her circle, rectangles and other geometric shapes cutting techniques.
Myrto Dramountani using her cutting techniques to create movement and texture (Credit- . )

Myrto Dramountani using her cutting techniques to create movement and texture (Credit- . )

Myrto Dramountani- Designed Cut-Squares in Ceiling fabric
Myrto studied in Architecture in the NTUA in Athens and holds a Master's degree in Architecture. She thought outside the fashion industry and extended her technique in designing a white ceiling for a restaurant in Greece, Athens. In this photo, the textured ceiling reflects light and creates a clam ambiance. 

Mykonos Grace Hotel Restaurant in Greece- (Credit- . )
Detail of the ceiling, Mykonos Grace Hotel Restaurant in Greece- (Credit- . )
The photo below indicates my inspiration to write this post.