Culmination of Inspiration

It’s funny how different pieces of inspiration are presented to you…

I’ve documented throughout this blog various mentors and visual inspiration and just last week, I blogged about my chosen muse, the ridiculously gorgeous and grungy rock-chick, Alice Dellal.

So on the weekend when I made a trip to Magnation, it was like I was in visual inspiration heaven…countless publications displayed on the walls, many of which consist of truly spectacular fashion photography and conceptual ideas. It was here that I picked up INDUSTRIE magazine (yup, current mag obsession!). With a fabulous image of Italian Vogue’s editor, Franca Sozzani on the cover and minimal text, I love everything about this publication – from its clear aesthetic and style, size and dimension, use of different paper stocks and inclusion of various fashion photographers. So, L-O-V-E, L-O-V-E, L-O-V-E. Did I mention current mag obsession? Oh yes, I did….Okay, let’s continue then!

When I got home, I read through the  magazine and took particular interest in the written words and the fantastic fashion photography. I come across a shoot entitled ‘No Chateau’, photographed by one of my mentors, Juergen Teller. Even before I realised it was Teller’s work, I fell in love with the images. So, you can imagine how much more in love I fell when I realised that Teller had photographed my muse, Alice Dellal, in this shoot too! Let’s just say the best way to describe the images created….well, maybe you should just have a look for yourself…because really, it’s simply art on a page. Dellal’s grungy aesthetic is emphasised by Teller’s use of lighting and location for the shoot which looks to be amongst an overgrown forest and worn tree trunks.

It’s raw, it’s real and it’s authentic. Three qualities I wish to pursue throughout my major project.

So, take a look for yourself…you’ll see what I mean.

♥ Bec

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Get Ya Grunge On!

As my inspiration continues to grow and evolve, (so much so that my research journals are exploding!), it’s not surprising that the more I research, the more I find and want to share with all of you!

I simply adore the grungy aesthetic of the visual imagery I’ve sourced below. It’s rich, raw and unorthodox in its approach to presenting an image that is challenging to the eye.

In an era which is heavily influenced by the ‘ideal’ (whatever that is!?) body and its physical and psychological identity, I rather find inspiration in the other side of the fashion image which is true in emotion and expressive in its honest content…cue images below!

So, what are you waiting for? Get ya grunge on!

Enjoy!

♥ Bec

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V76 – The Sports Issue

Hey guys!

Just wanted to let all my beloved blog followers know….

V76 The Sports Issue is on news stands now! Take a look online at http://www.vmagazine.com/

‘Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. It’s about movement,energy, and evolution. When coming up with a theme for our Spring Fashion issue (one of the biggest of the year), V decided to focus on the art of sports. If you think about it, nothing else is quite as poetic.’ V Magazine

V76 is also my 3rd international fashion credit – see below!

Dreams coming true…day by day!

♥ Bec

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Empty out her handbag…and this is what you’ll find

We have been asked to create a ‘lifestyle sheet’ that visually represents identifying and defining features of our muse. It should be a visual depiction of the sorts of activities, hobbies, beliefs, philosophies and preferences of the muse from whom we derive inspiration from.

I viewed the lifestyle sheet as if Alice Dellal herself, had emptied out her Alexander Wang black leather satchel…and this is what was inside. A compilation of everything that defines her,  this lifestyle sheet is a snippet into the life of Dellal and what forms her very identity.

It’s grungy, it’s edgy and it’s unorthodox…her band is called Thrush Metal, for goodness sake!

She’s provocative and she isn’t afraid to challenge societal norms… and I love it!

♥  Bec

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Image References:

http://www.greathighlandwear.com/326-drum-sticks-
http://sheaustralia.com.au/index.php?cPath=3_7
http://beltbucklefun.com/3-row-pyramid-studded-black-leather-snap-belt-reviews
http://www.houseofchuckles.com/halloween/costume-accessories/jewelry-badges.htm
http://www.fashion-style.becomegorgeous.com/handbags/chanel_boy_bag_collection_fallwinter_20112012-4961.html
http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Eyeliner-STYLO-YEUX-WATERPROOF-89255
http://selfserviceuk.wordpress.com/tag/alice-dellal/
http://modelsdirect.wordpress.com/tag/weird-fashion/
http://ladylixa.wordpress.com/tag/alice-dellal/
http://site.shopchameleon.com/blog/
http://thisislavie.com/footwear/izzue-x-dr-martens-1460-10-eye-boot
http://blog.oxygenboutique.com/2011/12/
http://herpersona.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/edgy.html
http://vanillascented.blogg.no/02/wanted.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/metsukiblythe/6723432735/
http://completelyadorable.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/thrush-metal.html
http://www.stylebistro.com/Dress+Like+The+Veronicas

MY MUSE: ALICE DELLAL

Ok, so…if you haven’t heard of this rad chick already, you’re about to get a sense as to why she is just so über hot! She seriously oozes everything that is provocative, grungy, edgy, unorthodox and utterly cool…she even has half of her head shaved to prove it!

Alice Dellal is a British model who was the face of Mango in 2008 and the body of the Agent Provocateur collection.

She is well known for this half-shaved head of hers and her punk/rock look and, she is also the muse for legendary photographer, Mario Testino.

In 2011, she was selected by Karl Lagerfeld to represent Chanel for the new ‘boy’ bag.

In her spare time, when she’s not parading down the runway with every bit of glamour she possesses, Alice is the percussionist for her band Thrush Metal.

She is my ideal muse for my media project because she encompasses everything that inspires me to want to be create. She is grungy, she is edgy, she redefines femininity and she pushes the boundaries on how to construct the self through psychological and physical means.

Her holy trinity of style is black, heavy metal and ballet and she is opposed to following trends with her reasoning being, ‘how can anyone get inspired if everyone’s doing the same thing?’.

With her edgy take on leather, accompanied by her more often than not, ripped fish net stockings, and completing the look with her grinder boots, this girl is just the epitome of everything I want to explore and more during the construction of my media project this year. She is unpredictable, she challenges conventions and she isn’t afraid to provoke the viewer to gain a reaction.

‘My style used to be a tame version of me and it’s getting more and more drastic, and is probably going to get really, really weird towards the end. Be afraid.’ – Alice Dellal.

Alice, if by ‘afraid’ you mean: hellishly excited, bouncing-out-of-my-seat-can’t-believe-I-found-you, so-happy-you’re-my-muse and can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next….then yes, I’m trembling in my boots, and you know what? I kinda like it!

Take a look at some pics of Alice below.

♥  Bec

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90s Grunge Inspiration

With my style and aesthetic encompassing everything that is PROVOCATIVE, I decided to look into 90s grunge. The theme works in really well with my desire to create an edgy, unorthodox and unconventional fashion magazine which focuses on the evolution of the self through art highlighting the desire of us as individuals, to constantly remake and recreate ourselves.

I have compiled a few inspiration images below which are reminiscent of this era. I feel that my muse will be in direct correlation to this 90s grunge sort of vibe as I sense a certain connectedness to this artistic flair and grungy attitude.

It’s about redefining what is beautiful in an age where image and identity is so often misleading with regards to the perception of ‘the ideal’.

If there is this ‘ideal’, what does he/she look like? And who decides on what this ‘ideal’ is?

Through examining the body as a CANVAS, new forms of image identity and the manufacture of personality are brought to the fore.

Say hello to some of my inspiration my beloved blog followers….

 

♥  Bec

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The Muse

This week in class we discussed the concept of a muse.

So…what exactly is a muse?

Well, a muse is someone who provides influence and inspiration and in so doing, become the focus and vision for that person’s creative work.

People in the arts have used the concept of the muse for thousands of years, going back to Greek antiquities where muses were mythological beings. The Greek gods Zeus and Mnemosyne had nine daughters called the Muses. It was thought that if the muses loved a man, then the man’s uncertainties immediately disappeared. The man who was loved by the muses was considered to be more sacred than a holy man.

Throughout the coming week, we have been asked to think of a muse for our major projects. When doing so, it is important to recognise that we are talking about the IDEAL and NOT something real, but rather, IMAGINARY.

The muse is someone who’s a key inspiration that I will be constantly referring back to during my project. The muse has its own lifestyle, beliefs, likes, dislikes, style and way of thinking. The muse provides a mutual back and forth between the designer and himself/herself and they work with each other to create the body of work.

It’s important to acknowledge that:

  • the muse is NOT ourselves
  • the muse is NOT your customer, but the muse will also inspire your customer
  • the muse needs a story or a narrative
  • the muse is an ideal figure

There are some interesting designer-muse relationships at the moment. I have listed some examples below:

  • Betty Catroux – muse to YSL
  • Andrej Pejic – YSL
  • Sofia Coppola – Marc Jacobs
  • Tilda Swinton – Viktor & Rolf
  • David Bowie – Tilda Swinton
  • Kate Moss – muse for many designers/artists/individuals. Dior and Banksy below.
  • Patti Smith – Ann Demeulemeester
  • Scarlett Johansson – Stella McCartney, Woody Allen
  • Johnny Depp – Tim Burton

 

During the coming week, I’ll be exploring the concept of the muse more thoroughly and I’ll be working towards constructing the muse for my media project that will encompass my style and aesthetic.

 

♥  Bec

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