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V&A Stores all day. Today I decided to investigate the contents of some of the wardrobes in the Fashion stores. Worked through a lot of storage wardrobes today, whilst selecting pieces from each wardrobe to analyse in greater detail.
Aimed to go through wardrobes one at a time and pick out pieces, which had any relevance to my own current pattern cutting interests and surface detailing. Found some Dior and Balenciaga pieces, mostly ball gowns and eveningwear pieces, which incorporated the frill or pleating in peculiar ways. Also saw an Ossie Clark gold leather jacket, which made me think about the detailing of jackets within the collection. Also looked more closely at work by designers Zandra Rhodes, Schiaparelli, Yuki, Katherine Hamnett and Pam Hogg, amongst others. Was happy to spot a John Galliano dress that I did not realise that he V&A owned. One of my favourite Galliano pieces ever.
Frill from John Galliano dress
An interesting pattern consisting of surface applied frills, effectively bias cut strips, each sewn on individually and where even the bias strip seams add to the decoration of the surface. Derya did some investigation for me in the National Art Library in the V&A, looking mostly for interesting graphics and surface treatment ideas.

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