Monday, March 22, 2010


Any area that is available within a certain boundary is known as space. Space is NOT an element of design such as, line, color, shape, texture, or lighting, but instead it is defined and used through the use of those elements. Shapes, textures, and lines, are incorporated into apparel products which form space among the surface design. Garments are constructed to divide and/or organize the space of the body, as well as emphasize a specific body part. Garments can also be designed to not emphasize the body at all, and the product will actually take on the emphasis itself. Apparel products are also defined by their own space in how exactly they fit to the body. Not only do garments need space to define them, so do the product environments are created to emphasize apparel and related products by sperating and combining color, textures, and shapes on products, and applying lighting to highlight

In this image, space is defined by the actual room, types of shapes, and the colors used. The first thing noticed is the black and white square tiles that occupy a certain amount of space. He also shares the same idea. He is wearing a black and white checkered shirt that is fitted comfortable to his body within a given boundary.

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Shapes defined by space. The way the corset hugs her body is creating a certain space, not only her own silhouette, but the area around her is defined by the space she takes up. The vase resembles the same shape that is being presented with the corset.

Wearing a striped shirt with vertical lines makes the body seem longer in the way that the eye follows it down the body. Longer lines, longer silhouette. Horizontal lines on the other hand, have a different effect in that they makes people look wider, which may not sit well with some people. Therefore, the size and direction of line is important with defining space.

The amount of space that is shown off by wearing a garment on the body is known as body primary or clothing primary. Body primary is represented by Lady GaGa. As you can see, the emphasis is on her body's actual shapes and contours; her silhouette. Clothing primary may hide body shapes and contours and focus on the actual garment. Space is created by the product by using texture, shape, and lines.

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Placement of garments on the body organize and divide up the space on a silhouette. the Japanese kimono projects rectangular and tubular shapes that create a unfilled space of feeling. Skinny jeans and a fitted t-shirt is the opposite to the kimono, in that it is conforming to the space available on the body, resulting in a filled affect on the body.

Filled vs Unfilled Space. Filled space refers to a product that has little or no apparent background which is covered by a pattern or texture. Unfilled has few figures on the actual surface where a background is majorly visible. Larger shapes may create a more filled affect than smaller ones when spaced out the same distant. But if you were to place small shapes very closely together continuously they would also create a filling effect.

(I took the building picture but photoshopped filled and unfilled patterns on it
filled space vs unfilled space for non fashion

placement is also important in product environments. less clutter and more organized means less filled where as random, less organized spaces may seem more filled. 3D products may be organized by textures, colors, and shapes.

lighting has a significant on space. several different kinds of lighting are set up in retail environments. you have your accent lighting which may target a certain table, wardrobe, mannequin, or picture marketing in a store, and the general lighting which is essential for people to be able to move through the store and different rooms. Lighting is also important in fashion shows targeting the garment specifically, and is adjusted by preference of the director.

textures are attractive within environmental space. visual texture or actual, both define a space as it is. space of walls differentiate with the wood floor or carpet, they are separated by an implied line of where they meet.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kim Deuss: A Weak E-Portfolio

I chose Kim Deuss portfolio as a weak one because I felt she really didnt have much to look at. I think with a BFA at Parsons, I'd expect more; more designs, more creativity, more edginess, more of a portfolio. To me, the sketches she did have posted up were mediocre.

Jenny Lai: A Strong E-Portfolio

I thought that Jenny Lai, a senior studying Apparel Design at RISD, had a unique and interesting portfolio. I liked her sketches and illustrations. They went from being realistically drawn, to stylized, and then abstract. I also thought that the way that she drew her designs, showed her artistic skills. The textiles were intricate and you could see the naturalistic flow of the fabrics. Jenny also has had a lot of great work experience with design, including internships with subjects such as art, accessories, jewelry, and apparel design.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Elyse's presentation today

Elyse's presentation was really inspiriing today. The bag she was wroking on was so adorable, and I think the job that she has sounds fun and I believe she is enjoying it. Listening to Elyse talk made me realize that its important to go out and try new things because you have go find your own niche. I think I would like to do something like what Elyse does. And I was thinking of dropping this major and going into tourism and hotel management but now I'm extremely undecided. I think if I research what jobs are out there I'll be able to make a choice on what career path I want to take.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


No one wants to work in cramped up working conditions, plus get paid basicially nothing. All over the world sweatshops exist. Many people try to stop it, others are completely for it. Its chea,p and lets be serious, who wantsto do the dirty work.
Although I think sweatshops are not a good thing, it does benefit, it is a job, and its a way of life for some. Think about all the illegal immigrants that come to America for opportunity. They take the jobs that US citizens do not want, and we benefit from that. This is the same sort of idea.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

design #1

What inspired me to draw this design, was actually my prom. This dress reminds me of being at a yacht club overlooking the water, which is what my school did for prom. Its very elegant and glamorous and I was going for an expensive taste.

Friday, September 19, 2008

MB New York Fashion Week

When looking at all the designers pieces, the ones I found I liked the most were the ones of color and feminity. I feel alot of the desingers want to bring "classy" back to womens clothing. Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenburg, and Calvin Klein all seem to grasp this concept in their works.
The two that enticed me the most were Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.
Marc Jacobs: very classy, 1920's look, with the waist being emphasized, mix of different patterns, stripes, plus very colorful.
Oscar de la Renta: his designs were timeless and classy. extremely elegant. Every piece was tasteful to wear for women of all ages.
I think classy is a great look to portray. I mean no matter what the occasion is its always a good way to go.

I really loved The Donna Karen collection. As well as William Rast. DKNY, It focused more on natural beauty and the enviornmental colors. The browns, tans, and greens, some blue, were a great way to give an earthy feel. William Rast, I love that americana look. I know they were talking about how Justin Timberlake was involved with the designing, and him being a tennessee boy, you could tell he was in the background inspiring in someway. I'm from NY and I came down here cause I like that whole southern feel. The collection was free, a little rock and roll, alot of denim, and fun.