donderdag 30 juni 2011

Exhibit IT / YOU

Be outspoken, say what you think and show it. DO NOT HIDE.
Be proud of you, whatever you think, its already special since nobody else thinks like you. 
That's one of the things i learned a lot this year in Fashiondesign at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
The Fashionshow is over, Our five 3th years students are all graduated & pushed out into the world.
The Classroom is cleaned up and must look at this time not at all anymore like a Room where Fashion gets to his point...
It turns into an Exhibiton room. Exhibition of Graduation. Next week it will be the start, the 6th of July is the big Opening.
All the Graduates, of each department, from the Rietveld show their way of thinking and believing in. 
In our Fahsionroom Graphicvisions will take over and the Fashiontrends you will find behind the building in a glasshouse next to the water..
Come by and be part, while we exhibit us.

Between that I, Manuela Ernst, 1 year, last year, soon 2nd year , next year, had my first Opening last week in Maison des Cartes in Amsterdam, French Embassy. During 2 months I worked for a french Designer  Francoise André, " auxcorpsanonymes". Inspired by her collection, which carries the story of the Maoriculture and working with Lace for Men, I created my Maori Frogman Look. 

For Francoise Andre- Aux Corps Anonymes: I designed in honor of Mana and the Maori culture the Maori Frogman Headpiece:

Neoprene Hoodie with a feather-laceprint gives a surferfeeling and shows masculine power cause of its straight shape.
A Lacehood, embroidered with sparkling Swarovskis in direction of the water spiral Mana, frames the head.
Wool knitted Sweater in purple and coralorange, magic and sea-related , carries the pattern of the wooden figures that Maori use for their spiritual Rituals.

Maori Frogman is full of power and carries the story of your essence in life with it. I love to tell you the story about Mana. The holy river Mana is the essence of my design. "

You can still have a look at the Exhibition " Aux marins célestes till the 22nd of July. 
The opening itself was my fist experience of exhibiting myself trough my work  to a public outside of school. It was fashionably good. Good, I took that opportunity and let people see my way of thinking.
Can just advice to the Graduates to enjoy their show next week.

EXHIBITION aux marin célestes 21 of June till the 22 of July in Masion des Cartes Amsterdam

                                                     My Maori Frogman

Marins célestes - exposition à la Cité de la dentelle de Calais from Mélinda Trochu on Vimeo.

zondag 19 juni 2011

The Show

A year of creating, months of designing, weeks of producing, days of styling...
All  were working towards one day, one show, the fashion show 2011 from the Rietveld Academie.
And then its over...and life goes one.
Bye R for Rietveld Hello R for Reality...
Our 5 graduation students made us all shown that Rietveld Fashion has the power to rock.
It's a small department, but there is some potential. Lots i would say.
We all enjoyed the day, some Backstage pictures for now and soon the pictures of the Show itself.
Check the link:
We are  already curious about your upcoming collections in the fashionworld out there.
Pablo Londono Sarria, we can follow from now on his new launched website.
I hope the 4 other graduates will keep us updated too.

zondag 12 juni 2011

Fashion Show

There is exactly 6 days left till you can make it to the front row..
Just buy the ticket online or come by in the canteen of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie where some Fashion-students will give you the opportunity to buy a ticket  for
THE Fashion Show 2011.

donderdag 2 juni 2011

Fashion Smell

It smells like Fashion..or like grandma's herbs, old memories and blood?

The Rietveld Fashion department had the honor to get a perfume lesson from THE NOSE. The italian, based in Amsterdam, perfume creator, Alessandro Gualtieri, entered sharp at 9 o'clock on the 24th of may in our fashion space and let us smell on each others old pillows, kitchen sauce, old shoes, new shoes, cathair and so on during 5 hours and then he left silent as he came.

We all brought our smells. A week before we knew he would come to us, we prepared and collected smells everywhere. 
What is smell exactly? For everyone it has another meaning. Smell can be really radical& rational collected or can be seen as a personal experience, combined with a feeling or a memory that you get when you smell it.

We do not know yet what the secret is to make a fragrance, but we know, it is actually not at all about the fact how you gonna make it...

The interesting thing is again, how do you bring your memory or your feeling, that you have to the others?  How do you make the others want to smell it, want them to have it on them? How do you sell your smell? your taste?
You have to trigger them. But never forget to enjoy it.
Is it, not also the same again, while designing Fashion? I guess it's always about that.
Speak out in some way, which you choose, which makes it your own, what you want to let them feel, or smell or in our case wear, look like.
Smell some Fashion.

Alessandro Gualtieri came in a tasteless room, and he left us in a space full of different perfumenotes, smells of personal experiences and thoughts.
The meeting with the nose was like meeting a magician for me..
He discussed with each of us, one by one, the smells and could read partly our personality with it.
Good smelly experience, the story is not finished with the nose,but it's on us to take it and make something out of it. You should go deep into it, smell it fully and let the others experience the same as you. Share it. Its a honor to smell.

Smells Like Arabian Spirit The Official Trailer from maher Al Sabbagh on Vimeo.