After a sleepless night writing I have finally finished my project proposal for my collection. It’s been a long night, really hard to resist watching my cat cuddling between my pillows in my bed, but with the right amount of coffee I managed to finish it.
Time to take a shower, have another coffee and I am off to uni!
“A man who is not a communist at the age of 20 is a fool”
My target for my final major project is to create a number of garments inspired by the communism in Eastern Europe and the impact that this regime had on people, combining it with the Sacred Geometry, a concept that was prohibited at that time.
Communism was about restraining the freedom, creating and keeping everyone under the same pattern, the working class was under a strict surveillance that was neutralising any attempt of individualisation.
Apart from the appearance and any personal style, another thing being prohibited was religion or any other personal beliefs regarding divinity.
In the Eastern countries the communist regime had a great impact and even after more than 20 years the influence of it remains present.
Growing in a post communist country had a big impact on me as an individual and from my experience I know that sometimes this concept is misunderstood this is the reason I want to renew it and bring it back under an updated structure.
My concept revolves around the idea of combining the cold and dark illustration of communist buildings with the magical and divine interpretation of the Sacred Geometry.
Since the communist buildings instil a monumental, oppressive and cold feeling, the warmth and glow of the sacred symbols associated to the Sacred Geometry are enhancing the monochrome idea but softens it in the same time; combining it with certain geometric shapes that have a sacred meaning will be my way of presenting it and bringing it back to attention for the young audience today under an updated and enhanced form.
The type of individual and my targeted audience I am aiming to design my collection for are men and young men that adopt a minimalist, sober and dark but clean look.
My collection is dedicated to a specific type of person that is broad minded and restrained in the same time.
The sobriety is represented by the coldness of the communist buildings and the open minded, self improving side and psychological side being represented by the colourful details of the Sacred Geometry.
There are a number of designers and companies that I use as inspiration for specific parts of their work. One of the designers that I can relate in terms of style, customer profile and marketing campaigns is Alexander Wang. The targeted audience is similar to the one I am aiming to, his Fall 2014 campaign is one of the campaigns that inspired me the most and
this certain campaign represents exactly the type of individual I am targeting in my collection.
Ichiro Suzuki is another designer that inspires me with his way of constructing and manipulating a suits shape in terms of tailoring, patterns and prints.
In terms of tailoring and commercial fashion, Tom Ford’s clean cuts and patterns are an important influence for my designs.
As for the manufacturing and part of my collection I am planning to keep the designs simple, straight and structural. For the details I want to use colorful embroidery, trims and finishes.
The concept itself is a clean and simple one. I will not be using prints, but I will try to find fabrics that replicate certain textures (concrete, metal, glass).
I am working out to design and create very well tailored and perfectly fitted pieces, embellished with embroidered geometric shapes in certain sides of the garment.
Besides the fact that I come from a post communist country, my main idea for this project commenced during my placement where I have worked with pattern cutters with over 20 years of experience in the industry and I want to apply and improve my skills that I have gained during this internship, this collection being a challenge for me as I want to produce some perfectly fitted garments.
The place of my internship had an important role for me into choosing this theme. Over 60% of the buildings in Bucharest were build under the communist regime and living there during my placement inspired me to create something related to this subject.
As primary research I visited many communist buildings around Bucharest and The National Museum of Art and I am planning to continue my research about communism and the Sacred Geometry (books, magazines and blogs). I will toile as many garments as possible because I want to work more on the mannequin, this very challenging for me as I usually design on paper and I want to develop the ability to experiment and design more on the stand.
Regarding the details inspired by the Sacred Geometry I researched trend reports and colour predictions on the WGSN website and I am leaning towards the colour of the year – Pantone Greenery 15-0343, which I have researched further, green being the colour of life symbolizing the renewal, growth and ambition.
What I want to achieve with my collection, concept and by bringing back the communist times under an updated form is to prove that any negative element can have a beautiful side and I want to translate it into the clothes I make, the exact way I see it.
Wish me luck!
Ioana A. Cimpean