Fashion Weeks are usually a biannual trade event on the fashion calendar. In most circumstances, it would see hundreds of fashion editors, fashion buyers, and influencers flock to fashion capitals to get a first look at what designers are planning for the season ahead. Yet that all changed when COVID-19 hit shores worldwide. Instead of a series of catwalk shows, the fashion weeks published an almost entirely digital schedule for their Spring/Summer collections filled with live-streamed runways, digital events, and inspiring new ways that designers chose to present their collections.
It showed creativity beyond belief, new ways to see fashion collections and the fact you cannot just press pause on an entire industry. Now accelerated by the pandemic, designers continue to look at new ways to present fashion – perhaps more sustainable ways. This project focuses on moving away from the catwalk and presenting designs differently – in this case, through Fable.
Fairy tales, folklore, the romance of history and dream-like fantasy all play a part in the decorative fashion trend evolution. Our human need to escape from uncertain times means we focus on history, both personal and imagined. Our clothing in times like these may seem cosy and quite boring, but there’s no time like the present to jump into dreams and design what is impossible.
Mentored By: Jennifer Barrett – Fashion Mentor, Chloe Rodham – Animation Mentor
For this project, students learned about how the global pandemic interrupted fashion presentations and forced fashion brands to explore new and innovative ways to present a fashion collection. Then, they explored the Fable trend by looking at colour, print and pattern, fabric and styling, as well as looking into the inspiration behind “Théâtre de la Mode.”
For the final piece, students were tasked with designing and illustrating their own outfits inspired by the Fable trend. They were then expected to re-create that outfit on a miniature mannequin. Once completed, they developed stop-motion skills to create a short animation, showcasing the theatre and fantasy of their fable creation.
As part of the TICE experience, students were encouraged to share some ‘behind the scenes’ footage of them working on their projects. Take a look.
Please view the final results of the students’ work from Thank you and well done, not only to the students but to the teachers at Longbenton High School, Marden High School and St. Mary’s Catholic School.
What did the students think about their TICE experience?
Was there anyone or anything that inspired you on this project?
“The somewhat magical, sense of nature inspired me because even though we are surrounded by it, each and everyday, it seems to surpass us until we really take time to pay attention to and admire it.” Ayshe, Longbenton High School
“I think the Theatre De La Mode fashion show really inspired me because it was something new which made it unique and have more significance, also the pieces from Theatre de la Mode were beautiful and I definitely think I could use some of it in my own work.” Jasmija, St Mary’s Catholic School.
What was your favourite part of the project?
“My favourite part of the project was when we went to Northumbria University and met up with others doing the same project. I though the university was interesting and made me think about a future there. The day was also really fun.” Molly, St Mary’s Catholic School.
What do you think you will take away from doing this project?
“I will take away the great sense of creativity and imagination, I never knew I had.” Ayshe, Longbenton High School.
What would you say to any young person thinking about doing a TICE project?
“I think just going for it, not giving up and doing your absolute best by really putting your heart and personality in it. Make it your very own. Make it you!” Ayshe, Longbenton High School.
“My advice would be to not worry about what the other people you know are doing, because at first I was unsure of choosing Fable because I knew nobody else from my school had chosen it, but it really suited me and I’m really glad I picked it! At the end of the day, the whole point of doing things like this is to enjoy yourself and make something you’re proud of, and that’s what I achieved.” Elise, Marden High School.
And finally… Thank you.
Thank you and well done, not only to the students but to the teachers and staff at Longbenton High School, Marden High School and St. Mary’s Catholic School. Thank you to those who have supported and contributed to this project, the companies and North Tyneside Learning Trust and the TICE team that plugged away at the project week after week.
To the students – we hope you have enjoyed this project, we hope in years to come that you can proudly present an industry written project you did, achieved, quite frankly smashed. Well done and congratulations from everyone here at TICE.