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NTU Graduate Fashion Show 2013





What a moment it was to see everyones hard work pay off at the NTU Graduate Fashion Show, the collections were breathtaking on the catwalk and the work in the exhibition was just as beautiful. It was amazing to see the four students (Gina Pearce, Hannah Dudley, Becky Maleham and Georgia Evans) that I had worked with showcase their final pieces.

Even better, for me anyway, was to see so many of my images around the show. The huge print below was a nice surprise and it was good to see all the other prints and the final lookbooks printed.  There were four lookbooks all together in the show, unfortunately I only have images of two of them at the moment.

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The following images belong to © Sayuri Standing for Platform

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I need opinions?!?!

I have been looking at these pictures for too long, I dont know if they needed something a little extra. What do you think, is the green too much? It is also really hard to see them properly on here too because they are so small. Apologies. 


The Lace Market Hotel shoot

These images were shot for Hannah Dudley’s Lookbook/Magazine, the original idea was for it to be a editorial magazine but towards the end took on the shape of a lookbook. One of the first shoots I did this term for the fashion design students was Hannahs black dress, which can be seen towards the bottom of my blog. As well as fashion design Hannah also likes styling and this shoot was set up in a way to help Hannah show she is also capable of the styling side of things. We have used spare parts of the black dress and placed them where we thought appropriate and worked well.

At the beginning of this project I spoke with Hannah about ideas and inspiration and we were looking at involving water in some way. Hannahs inspiration being under water sea life and light emitting sea creatures, it seemed necessary to shoot within water. We looked into shooting under water in a pool, but could not arrange a location in the time we had. Instead we thought a bath could work, but it had to be a reasonable size and free standing so that I could work around it. We used a bath in one of The Lace Market Hotel’s rooms, it was nice and light and I had plenty of space to work with.

Keeping it short and sweet, but these are a few of the images that I got from the shoot. Overall I am really pleased with them, but I need to go through all the images again as I think there is enough material to make a small series out of them and I think there are some images that are going to well better with others.

Model – Miriam/Model Students

Make up – Hannah Batchelor


Gina Pearce – Fashion design student. Degree show shoot

Gina Pearce is a third year fashion design student, studying at Nottingham Trent University. Gina’s work is a ladies-wear collection made up of four outfits inspired by beetles, with lots of metallic prints/colours and quilting.

“As a designer, I am extremely textile based, being creatively inspired by material qualities, fabric manipulation, colour and print. My work often includes a large amount of machine embroidery, focusing on sensitive detailing and working with fabrics that have an interesting surface application or appeal. 
Nature has always been a large inspiration throughout my work as a designer, therefore I wanted to explore this in greater detail.

The beetle is such a beautiful insect, yet it is often overlooked due to misconception. The metallic colours, intricate detailing and beautiful textures on the shell have given me large amounts of inspiration for my final product collection.

The Unique Selling Point of the garments is the sensitive selection of materials, strong print, fabric processes and the attention to fine detail. Designers such as Phillip Limm, Burberry, Antoni and Alison, Peter Pilotto and Modern Love are example competitors, with Fenwicks being a key store competitor. Materials and components are high quality with a luxurious feel to reflect the target market, whilst fabric processes stand out, helping to create statement pieces that will be wearable time and time again. Hidden detailing, such as printing inside pockets and detailed finishing teams well with the innovative branding that helps to create a range to reflect the chosen price point.”   Gina Pearce

When speaking with Gina about how she wanted to go about the shoot, she showed me images which were very clean and clinical looking. The images were very bleached out with white backgrounds and just small details and textures could be made out. When it came to location we shot in the university building Arkwright, where the walls are white and there are large white windows. The only slight problem we had was the ugly grey carpet on the floor, which we ended up covering with white card and the problem was solved.

The sun was shining straight through the windows which was perfect for the effect we wanted to achieve. Positioning the model directly infront of the window meant the light was bursting in from behind, creating a really bright white backdrop. I wanted to keep some of the detail of the windows behind the model in the image, so that it did not look like she had been cut out and placed on a white background. Overall the effect worked really well and I managed to keep lots of detail in the face and clothing whilst bleaching out the background.

Rachel McCarthy from BOSS model management was absolutely amazing to work with. She was professional, took direction very well and was also very friendly to work with. As you can see from the pictures she photographs beautifully and I would strongly recommend her. You can find her page here!

Not only did I love working with Gina, Rachel and Becky but I also love the final collection itself that Gina has produced. I hope she does well in the fashion design industry and that I shall work with her again soon.

Gina Pearce - Illustrations

Gina Pearce – Illustrations

Gina Pearce - Illustration

Gina Pearce – Illustrations



Model : Beckie Knight


Fashion shoots have begun

I am currently in the process of editing images from the first shoot that I have done for the fashion design students I am working with. I had less than an hour with the model so things felt a little rushed, but overal I am pretty happy with how the images look. I am hoping to have six final images from this shoot, which will go towards Hannah Dudley’s fashion magazine for her degree show. We have multiple shoots lined up in order to get the full collection in the magazine. The plans so far are to photograph each garment in a different environment and create a different style image for each garment. As it stands we are hoping to photograph in the MA studio at Nottingham Trent University, Lace Market Hotel and Wollaton Park.

Myself and my team for the day

Myself and my team for the day

Mood Board

When planning a fashion shoot I always like to put together a mini mood board to take a long with me. I think it is good to be able to have some inspiration and ideas up on a wall when doing the shoot, it makes it easier to direct others involved and show them more of an idea about what it is you are thinking. In this case it is just a few images that I liked and thought would work well with the concept. If it was a personal shoot I would have a much bigger board of images and ideas. However because the shoot I am doing is for someone else’s use, I am more or less taking direction from them and suiting their needs.

Movement and material        




Science is FICTION – Jean Painleve

A very interesting film shown to me in University by Stephen Gill. The cover photo already shows how much it can be related to the work I am doing with Hannah. Below is a small part of one of the films, the soundtrack is quite surreal. Stephen suggested it could make a very interesting backdrop for the images I am creating and I agree. I would like to create a fashion film to go along side the images I make and I think using this video would work more so with moving image, rather than the stills.

“Advocating the credo “science is fiction,” Painlevé managed to scandalize both the scientific and the cinematographic world with a cinema designed to entertain as well as edify. He portrayed sea horses, vampire bats, skeleton shrimps, and fanworms as endowed with human traits — the erotic, the comical, and the savage. Painlevé single-handedly established a unique kind of cinema, the “scientific-poetic cinema”


Prep for fashion design degree shoot

Hannah Dudley - EMIT Clothing

Hannah Dudley - EMIT

I am currently working along side Hannah Dudley, a third year fashion design student at Nottingham Trent University. Hannah has designed and is now in the process of constructing three outfits and six garments for her final degree show. Hannah’s final outcome as well as her finished garments will be a fashion magazine and I will be photographing everything to go inside it. Her main inspiration has been sea life and underwater sea creatures, looking quite closely at coral and Dinoflagellate. ‘A single-celled organism with two flagella, occurring in large numbers in marine plankton and also found in fresh water.’ Most importantly looking at the shape and structure of them. You can clearly see the similarities in the images above of the early stages of Hannah’s work.

Descendants of ancient calcareous nannoplankton.

Hannah was also inspired by jellyfish and other light emitting sea creatures, hence the name she has given her collection ‘EMIT’. Images like these immediately made me think of James Cameron’s Avatar, where a lot of the wildlife comes to life in the dark and gives off a very bright glow. I really wanted to base one of the shoots around this look and bring some kind of bright neon glowing lights in to the shot. I came across some light up wire that would have been perfect for what I was looking at doing, the downside is it has to be shipped from Hong-Kong and would not make it here in time for the shoot. I shall keep on thinking of something else anywhere.

When meeting with Hannah to speak about her inspirations, I had a quick look through her sketchbook to get a clear idea of what she had been looking at and where she wants to go with her work and also the magazine. One designer that she had been looking at, that also caught my eye was Iris Van Herpen. These are just a few images from the incredible 3D printed Escapism couture collection.

Iris Van Herpen - 3D printed Escapism couture collection

When thinking about designers and sea life I obviously thought of Alexander McQueen as he has done many collections based around sea life and sea creatures.

Alexander McQueen

I would like to take some more recent images of Hannahs garments as the ones I have posted are from the early stages and her work is closer to completion now. We plan on starting to shoot this friday (26th April 2013) with some studio based images and more dates have been penciled in for the following week depending on studio availability and what not.

Vogue On: Designers

SHOWstudio is always a really good place to look when it comes to fashion. I regularly visit the website whether it is to watch the latest fashion films or interviews. One video that I came across recently was the SHOWstudio Book Club – Vogue On, most definitely worth a watch if you have a spare hour.

‘On Monday 19 November 2012 Lou Stoppard sat down with Judith Watt, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Charlotte Sinclair and Chloe Fox, the authors behind four books in the ‘Vogue On’ series. Watt focuses on Schiaparelli, while Cosgrave looks at Chanel, Sinclair tackles Dior and Fox assesses McQueen in this literary live chat.’

By watching an hour long discussion on these designers I have picked up so much information already, it was nice to be able to listen to people that really knew what they were on about. They even say during the discussion how books and videos like these are important to students and anyone else that are seriously interested in fashion. They mentioned how the internet can be misleading and sometimes even untrue and that books such as these along with Vogue magazine have been written with some sort of authority.

Like I said it is worth a watch. Just a few points that I found quite interesting were when they spoke about fashion designers wanting to be more private and how the design houses were once almost like an attraction. They also mention the Vogue archive a lot too and speak about how the american Vogue archive is online, which is fantastic for students and looking at the history of fashion and Vogue.

Having watched the video I went ahead and ordered the books! I have two out of the four that I can start reading as the other two have already been pinched to read. IMG_2452

Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel is also mentioned in the video which im sure is a really interesting film and I probably should have watched it already. So I plan on giving that a watch really soon too.