March 31, 2011

Graphic Lines Blouse & Grey Tulip Skirt

The international style, a functional artistic school of architecture and design, influence much of my work as a designer. The style was born in the late 1920s and lasted until the 1970s. At times it is referred to as the “Bauhaus style”. Bauhaus is the name of a school of design and architecture which was active in Germany in the interwar period. In this school famous architects, who developed the international style, were students and later on teachers.
The school valued the dissociation from flamboyant design and emphasized human beings and their elemental needs. The style is clean and simple, and uses many straight lines and other elements that make its products easy and simple to manufacture and use. The Bauhaus is an important milestone in the history of modernity.

I designed a clean, functional and elegant look. The silk blouse has a light cream shade with a dark grey diagonal stripe print. The collar is tailored, and has a V-shape opening and dark grey buttons. The knee-high skirt has a straight shape and a high waist with clean round lines. The wraparound shape closes with a seamless glued hem, customary for elegant dresses. The fabric, mixed silk, is a smokey dark grey. In the back of the skirt, a hidden zipper and a cleft for walking comfortably.
The combination between the blouse and the skirt creates an elegant yet light look, fitting for the workday as well as after hours.

Model Blouse: Graphic Lines
Model Skirt: Grey Tulip

March 16, 2011

Graphic Blouse & Tulip Skirt

The photos for this post were taken at the “Kikar Levana” (White square) sculpture in 'Volfson' park, a site which brings together many aspects of my work – the world of art and design that is my constant inspiration, and Tel Aviv, where I live, design, create and get my pictures taken. The artist Dani Karavan designed the project, paying homage to the builders of Tel Aviv. An outdoor sculpture made of white concrete, and designed to blend with the park’s flora. The structures include, among others, a pyramid mimicking the tents in which the city’s builders lived, a submerged amphitheater reminiscent of the watering pools for the orchards spread around the city, and a quadric structure communicating with the straight lines of international design style. The whiteness of the structures corresponds to “The White City”.

The choice of fabrics and the tailored, accurate shapes I design, are very typical to my work, and directly correspond to the city of Tel Aviv and the art in its streets.
The blouse ‘Graphic’ is sleeveless and made of 100% cotton fabric. The fabric’s background color is light blue, and graphic elements are printed on the fabric in green, camel, blue and grey. The collar has an open V shape, and the buttons are green. I added a small fabric dart with a decorative button next to the buttoning.
The blouse is also sold in shades of brown.
The skirt ‘Tulip’ is deep blue with a straight shape, and has a high waist; the front of the skirt is designed as a wraparound. The fabric is mixed silk, gentle and suitable for summery weather. The skirt is knee-high and has a hidden zipper in the back and a small cleft.

Model Blouse: Graphic
Model Skirt: Blue Tulip

March 2, 2011

Circles Chiffon Blouse & Camel Shape Skirt

The fabric industry is one of the most ancient industries in the world. Historically, fabric was manufactured using various manual methods, but today most fabrics are manufactured by sophisticated speedy machines. The principal methods for fabric manufacture are weaving and knitting. Fabrics also differ from one another in the fibers they are made of, either natural or synthetic.
Choosing the right fabric is critical for creating a successful item. In the process of generating an idea and a sketch, I choose the type of fabric, its color, pattern and texture. I love natural woven fabrics with a gentle feel and interesting patterns. When designing the shape, I always prefer that the fabric be far from the body; it’s more feminine and comfortable in my eyes.
A solid skirt requires a firm fabric, while a fluid one requires a soft fabric falling nicely on the body. Sometimes matching the fabric to the design based on a spread roll of fabric can be difficult and misleading. At times when working on a new model, only after sewing the item and trying it on do I realize that the fabric doesn’t match the model or meet my requirements.

In this post I present to you a chiffon blouse 'circles' composed of two layers. The top layer is chiffon with retro style green and brown circles, and the bottom layer is cream colored washed chiffon, soft and snug. The idea was to create a blouse that was somewhat opaque, so you could wear it in the summer without another layer underneath. The blouse can be worn over a skirt or trousers for a light and relaxed look, or tucked-in for a more elegant look.
The skirt is 100% camel shaded cotton with a Pepita pattern. Its shape is straight and the waistline is high. I created an illusion of a lower waistline by placing loops a little below the waist. Two front pockets with a diagonal opening and a hidden back zipper create a clean look. In the bottom part, on both sides, I added deep slits for a feminine look and a comfortable walk.
I’m designing this blouse and this skirt in various colors and patterns, which I plan to present in the following posts. See you!
Model Blouse: Circles
Model Skirt: Camel Shape