right at the start of the spring semester (2008) at parsons’ fashion program, we were thrown into the wonderful world of knits. i love knits. we all definitely wear at least one knit a day. unless you’re the raunchy sort who goes around with leather knickers. (and if that is the case, more details please!)
here’s a quick summary of the facts, for those of you who aren’t quite sure. jerseys, like tshirts etc, are also knits. there are hand knits and machine knits, but they all fall into one happy family called knits.
there are 3 basic kinds of knits. one is called “mass produce”. i’m actually kidding. one type of knit is called the “cut and sew“, which means that a fabric, is cut into different pattern pieces (which are the parts of fabric that make up a piece of clothing), which are then sewn together. get it? you cut a piece of fabric, and sew it together. ta-da! easy right? now, although i made a joke, cut and sews should not be trifled with. gorgeous clothing can definitely be made with this method!!
the other kind of knit, is the kind i really love. and when i say really love, i mean love love love. it’s called the high fashion knit. you will see “high fashion marks”, that look like little ticks, on places that have tension in curves, like around the arm-hole, or neckline, etc.
and just to side-track a little, whoever gave these knits their names had no imagination.
i love high fashion knits. (although they tricked me into liking them by calling themselves high fashion.) and i love ‘em thick and chunky. very chunky. i liken them to soup on a cold and icy winter day. the thicker and chunkier the soup is, the better you feel drinking it. that’s what a good knit is to me.
one of my favorite knitwear designers is sandra buckland, who is queen of the knit world and previous winner of the amazing hyeres fashion festival. no questions asked and no denying anything. she inspired me to take up hand knitting and i still can’t do it like she does. she isn’t just a knitter. she’s a painter, sculptor, designer, artist, genius. oh yes, dear sandra buckland. i wish i could own one of her fantabulous knits but alas, even if i knew where i could get them, i would probably not afford them. and really i don’t want to find out where they are, because i might break in to steal them.
so back to my own pathetic attempt. my inspiration for this were clowns. namely, the clown from “it”. it, is a disgusting horror movie. i hate horror movies. i hate anything horror because i am the biggest chicken in town. they should be banned. but my friend made me watch this and now i have broken of all ties with her. (just kidding, i love you jess.) have you guys seen it? oh god i get creepy just remembering some scenes from the movie.
so i had watched this horror movie with a killer clown, which was scary and gave me goosebumps that lasted a whole night. the bad thing that came out of it was that i couldn’t do anything that night without freaking out and looking over my shoulder, and hurrying back home. and still look around the room because some bloody clown might come at me with an axe. the good thing that came out of it was, that it inspired me with many shapes and silhouettes that i used in this collection.
as for fabrics, my main fabric choice were silk jerseys, which i used in creating some cut-and-sews. in addition, i also designed some full-fashion knits, which i thought of using a nice fat 10-gauge yarn to do. i also used a silk gingham and a rayon mix woven as supporting fabrics.
for my mood board, i found an image of a nice fluffy cloud that sort of gave the image i wanted to portray with those chunky knits. and if you look closely, it’s actually the face of a clown. yes, very genius, but i’m so sorry i can’t give proper credit because i lost the link for it. i also included my usual muse, nakashima mika, who is a constant style inspiration.
comments, as always, are greatfully welcomed!!