The following images are consecutive pages from my CFDA project submission. I took an old Life Magazine, as the particular issue served as a source of inspiration to the collection itself, and covered pages in gesso. This is the final product of a project that ended up being my best work to date.
I was initially inspired by old photos of my grandfather depicting classic American life, so I decided to open up my search to images from a specific time period-- the late 50's to early 60's. I really fixated on the shapes and fit of garments from that time, and wanted to capture that feeling while having totally fresh ideas.
In choosing my fabrics, I decided that it was important I used denim, linen, seersucker, canvas, etc. Cottons felt very essential to my concept because the fiber really emphasizes that simplicity of life and classic nature of my inspiration.
Here I show a sample of the sleeve in the previous image, where the pattern is cut wider, the cap is swung open and widened to create the draping sleeve.
Sample of a welt pocket with a rounded flap, as referenced on the previous page.