fall semester of junior year

by gilda rêvasseur on February 20, 2009

i thought our fall semester was tough but obviously i didn’t know the crap i’d have to go through this semester. it’s like everyone’s coming to school with panda eyes and bad skin because we have no time to sleep. (but i’ll have to say that the people coming to school with a week’s worth of unwashed hair and eye makeup that’s down to their chins is unacceptable.)

so i thought i’d share with you guys just some of my work.


this installment we had at the library was for a men’s fashion history themes course. one of the projects we had to do was to design a menswear collection based on some historical event, linking it with some military theme. my theme was the counter-culture youths from nazi germany, and i had to link it to the russian army. and this was my little exhibit booth! it’s not very clear but what i did was after i finished drawing my figures, i transferred my sketches to some fabric and made little dolls out of it so it looks like a floating mobile. kinda cool right? i’m thinking of a way now to turn all those dolls into some kind of huge-ass necklace.

one of our other major projects that we did in sewing class was to make a jacket. it was crazy because we had so little time to do it.


you see my little illustrations at the top of the page? i wanted to make the green jacket that the girl on the right is wearing. i already have the other two outfits but this jacket was something i wanted to make since forever and never got around to. so this, i guess, was my chance to do it (and provide myself motivation to finish boring homework!)

i was very proud of myself when it was done. i mean, it was kinda hard considering the time crunch. most of my classmates were doing symmetrical outfits and i was the only goon who did something asymmetrical which really is double the work. but it’s done, i’m so proud of it, and i’ve worn it to death since making it!

here is fay, our in-house mo-delle, modeling my jacket. yes, she was one of my classmates and i love her to bits. she’s such a fashionista (although i hate that word) but she’s one of the best dressed people i know. we’ve made multiple attempts at going on a shopping date but it has failed so far. everytime the date comes along, we text each other to say we’re too tired and would rather sleep in bed. HAHAHA! fay!! we need to go out for margeritas and go drunk shopping!!





i would also like to say how proud i am of myself for matching the jacket lining almost perfectly. i am SO damn proud. hahahahahahaha!


faybert's jacket


fay in ben's jacket

michael's jacket

fay in michael's jacket. isn't it pretty? i want to steal it so bad.

michael bugs

michael, modelling tictacs. he's in paris now and i miss him! we were in class together for a whole year!


my tiny class with our great teacher, anne. i love them. we had good times. weird, but good times. when we lacked sleep and went quite senile and didn’t really know what we were talking about but had a good time laughing anyway.

parsons students, as you can see, bond together because of all the time we spend together:
1) complaining about parsons
2) bitching about homework
3) doing the homework
4) getting no sleep

after all, we are the only ones who understand what the other is going through! when we tell people we haven’t slept in 3 days, people usually respond, “i know, i have so much work too.” no, those people have no idea.

when we tell another parsons fashion student that we haven’t slept in 3 days, IT MEANS WE HAVEN’T SLEPT IN THREE DAYS. FOR REAL.we understand, and we appreciate.

extra! extra! read all about it!
gilda day-dreamer and the prisoner of parsons

  1. i’ve died and gone to parsons hell
  2. thanksgiving & black friday with my pat field friends 27nov08
  3. fall semester of junior year
  4. christmas with the house of field
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Ayesha February 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

God, I can’t imagine not sleeping for three days! I feel insanely busy with school but I can’t imagine what you must be going through.

Your projects for this semester look amazing, so your hard work must have paid off =) !! You look adorable in those last pictures too.


y February 20, 2009 at 10:02 am

WOOOOOO you’re back!!

Your friend Fay has some awesome hair, i love it!!


Katy February 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm

That’s an awesome jacket my dear! And your outfits looks rockin’ too!


cuileann February 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

It’s so weird coming on here and seeing these pictures after watching as much Project Runway as I have in the past few days.


Daiane February 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

so so cool! minus the not-sleeping part, but it’s very, very worth it! glad you’re back, dear!


Frankie - Swell Vintage February 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm

You are CRAZY talented! And I love your IFB party outfit. I wish I could wear colour like you do x


Julie February 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Gilda that jacket is AWESOME!!! I’ve told you millions of times that I would buy a coat or jacket from you n_n and yes, I’m still saying it.

You look so cute at the IFB party n_n.

Internet Hug!


Cheray Natalie February 20, 2009 at 11:10 pm

amazing work Gilda! :)
your jacket is gorgeous (as are your other classmates) and your exhibit booth is soooo cool! Those dolls would make great (mega) necklaces! :D
love your outfit you wore too – such a great use of colour (puts my boring black on black to shame! hehe)


Frida February 21, 2009 at 10:08 am

Your outfit is so cool, love the belt and the colors!

I did a one year sewing and pattern construction course here in Sweden, and we did have to work very hard, (and had a lot of fun, I miss it so much when I look at your pictures), but I can imagine that it has to be even more work at a higher level.

Anyway, when I’ve learned to weave super fast I’ll weave you something, if you pay me =) There’sphotos of the stuff I’ve sewn from my handwoven fabrics at my Flickr. Don’t you get any insight in how fabrics are produced at Parsons? You’d learn that at a fashion design course in Sweden.


Limespark February 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm

That is such a lovely jacket and would translate wonderfully to everyday. Adore the lining, too.


Leanne February 22, 2009 at 2:34 am

i’ve been okay; very busy!
yes i moved my site address ^___^ my host suddenly disappeared so i had to move, but it was for the best – symbolism of change!

i understand the bad skin with increase work and stress. ever since i started being at the alfred hospital my skin has beenn horrendous! i’m getting pimples in places i usually don’t and they are uglier and bigger D:

wow it’s amazing to see your sketches/designs come to life! you should be proud!! ^__^

“hardyards” is like working very hard and going for the distance. ie. working the long hours and overcoming challenges :)


Eyeliah February 22, 2009 at 3:53 am

Inspired work!! That jacket is too cool.


Kay February 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm

That is exactly what I think!

I cannot believe you made that jacket, it’s incredible! It looks really good quality as well. And I like that you have so much background behind your work.

Plus your hat…amaazing (:


gilda February 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm

it’s all about will power. when my work suffers is when i just don’t even want to try. then i go to bed and not do work and the next morning i regret. so when i really need to do work, i just have to stay up! the hardest part is that i don’t drink coffee at all, so it’s really like a mental battle. haha!

HEYYYYYY omg i’m so sorry i haven’t had the chance to reply your emails… :( i know you sent me one really long ago and it was such a deep one i felt i couldn’t just reply it in a rush and i never had time to really give a proper reply. i hope things are picking up now. thank you so much for writing though, i know i didn’t help much but i really appreciated you telling me all that! and yes, fay has major cool hair. and that hat she wore! rick owens. no one else can pull that off.

yay! glad you liked them! thanks!!

HAHAHA do the tables and chairs look familiar! you know what i don’t get? they paint some parts of the school so nice and colorful for project runway, then they paint it back to some fugly white for us. UGH!

welllllll, i HOPE it’s worth it! it really better pay off soon coz my level of tolerance is running thin!

ohhhh i’m sure you can wear colour. just throw it on and ignore the stares! :D or stick your tongue out at them.

ahhh! *hug*! i’m really quite proud of that jacket you know. it was hard to make! i’m trying to get someone to help me with sewing now, so i can finally start selling some of them!

+cheray natalie+
ohhh i have my black days too when i want to try and look chic and tough.:D yes my classmates are all crazy talented! i loved their jackets to bits and wanted all of them.

OH MY GOD i hope you slowly become crazy fast at weaving soon!!! i would seriously pay you! i saw your flickr photos they are insane! soooo cooooool!!! we don’t learn nothing at parsons about textiles and there isn’t even a room with a loom or where we can dye stuff! it’s so damn pathetic and we pay so much money, and there are no facilities!!! it sucks! and it’s supposed to be a world-class school! i’m insanely jealous that you learnt that. i would be so happy if i could even design my own weave!

thank you!! i do wear it really often. i need to get a better picture of that lining. i’m quite proud of it so i want to show it off AHAHAH!

your host suddenly disappeared?! wow i would have been really pissed! omg i can’t talk about bad skin now. if i can get a head transplant i will! (hardyards is like the story of my life except the challenges never stop coming.) ugh.

thank you!!! i’m glad you like it! :D

wellll after almost 4 years now of design school (2 in tokyo and 2 here in ny) i’d better be able to sew a jacket or two. heh heh. ooooooh you like the hat? omgi love it so much. it was actually a regular police hat i bought from some halloween store for cheap, in a black and silver colour. so i painted it pink and turquoise for the party. i want to wear it everywhere! (but where? haha)


cassie February 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Ha! I was just gonna put, “wow your life is like Project Runway!” And then figured out that is more true than I thought.

3 Days with no sleep? I couldn’t make a cup of tea, let alone design and make fashion! You’re hardcore!


y February 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Aw Gilda
Don’t worry about it – REALLY. I know what it’s like to be so busy that whenever you have the teeniest bit of spare time you have to use it to focus on yourself and nothing else, it’s what I do too these days, mostly. I’m impressed that you make the effort to give some proper replies to people’s comments here, it’s super of you!


Sharon February 23, 2009 at 10:45 am

Gilda, I just love the blue kimono dress! I want one of my own…..

All that panda eyes and no sleep will pay off sometime. Just don’t let anyone post pictures on facebook, because you will never be able to live it down once you become a super-r-r-sta…..


featherhearts February 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm

You’re so immensely talented! That jacket is beautiful, it makes me think of urban elves, tramping through the city with mud on their faces and grass in their hair. And your kimono-outfit is wicked awesome. I love how you’re always so daring with fashion – a little stylish, a little silly, a little fabulous! And you always write so entertainingly – I hope things go well (or at the very least, better) for you.

Piss: S’good to have you updating again!


gilda February 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

yeahhh more than you know it! it’s as frantic, i tell you. it’s the most hardcore thing i’ve ever done. yuck.

well so far in all my free time i’ve been sleeping or wasting time watching tv. haha! i try to reply as much as i can; i mean people take time to read, i need to try and reply!

get one! there are usually tons at flea markets or even on ebay. i don’t think they are that expensive. plus they are super fun to wear. :D yeah facebook is the pits. i’ve warned most of my friends!

oh thank you!! i’m not that talented though, some of my friends have talent i wish i could have. urban elves! that’s what my teacher said! she said it reminds her of like forest nymphs! haha! yay! a little silly with fashion is me. i don’t think it needs to be taken that seriously.


Annie Spandex February 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

Fabulous work on the jacket! And what is that awesome hat on Fay’s head?! I love it


Frida February 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I’ll let you know if/when I’m ready for production weaving. I guess since Parsons don’t do textile design, they don’t have much of that stuff. And perhaps they go more for location (being in New York) than having the best facilities. But I do feel like woven fabric designs could be much more used in the fashion world. It feels like you see the usual fabrics, and if something fun is happening, it’s with print or surface design. Weaving has so many possibilities! Do I need to say that I love it?


fashion herald February 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm

i adore your jacket, well done!


Amber February 26, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Wow, that is ingenious Gilda, I didn’t know you’d made the other pieces too. Clever girl! Hope you get some sleep soon xx


Leanne February 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm

unfortunately the challenges will never stop but with each hurdle that comes crashing down, it becomes one less and the closer to your goal you become :)


mavis March 1, 2009 at 8:10 am

your jacket rocks! i love the lining especially.


gilda March 4, 2009 at 2:43 am

+annie spandex+
ahh, yes that hat! that hat is by rick owens, only available to the rich and fancy, ie, not me! haha! she looks so darn fab in it right? i love her style.

i cannot wait! parsons is the shittiest school ever and i don’t know why a world-reknown fashion school like them doesn’t even have a textile class. ugh. weaving your own fabrics must be so amazing. i hope you get ready soon :D haha!

+fashion herald+
yay! i’m flattered, thanks!!

wait, what other pieces? the other jackets are my friends’! i wish i made them. :)

wow you sound way older than me and i feel like i should have been the one to think so positively. hahaha!

wahooo! thank you!


Nick March 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I loved your jacket, especially the buttons. I clicked on through to Modepass and voted for your colorful outfit!


super kawaii mama March 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

The new Ash blonde is PERFECT on you! It really makes your eyes sparkle – and god knows we can do with a bit more of that when pulling all nighters. The choice of outfit for the ifb is stunning on you. The colour combo is so rich and just makes me want to stroke you from here.

btw I can now be found at http://www.superkawaiimama.com. If you could update any links it would be much appreciated. :)


Pixie Dust March 14, 2009 at 7:48 am

Oh My God! What should I say? :) )
Firstly, THE jacket. It’s so beautiful… If you ever decide to sew clothes for the public, I am buying the entire collection. And it looks so funky on your friend Fay :) )
Secondly, your ifb outfit. So pretty, colourful and youthful, aaaaah stunning :) I love bold colours and this is something I would wear all the time :) )
And thirdly, I must thank you. You and some of your fellow bloggers have inspired me so much in the past year or so, that I have become extremely obsessed with fashion. So much, that I have recently even started my own fashion-and-loads-of-random-stuff blog! :) ) And what’s even more important – I tried designing clothes too! :) ) I made (myself, no help, although I always thought I’m not capable of doing this) two dresses for a school fashion show. Now, I know it’s just a school event, but it really meant a lot to me :) ) If you have any time, feel free to check out my designs on my blog (the article is called Fashion Gala 09 :) ), I would love to hear what you think about them – please leave a comment or some sort of feedback if you like :) ))
Much love and thank you for being so inspirational and eternally wonderful :) )


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Lady Julianne le Fay March 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Beautiful work, Gilda!


Lauren March 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I love your outfit – it’s so bright and colourful!


Julia March 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Very glamurous! Especially the jacket, it’s AWESOME!!!


Casey-Scott March 29, 2009 at 1:30 am

Gilda, your last outfit is diviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine! <3


kristen may April 15, 2009 at 12:21 am

Well you some how have time for a blog my dear and Pat’s parties and twitter???

I didn’t have time to blink!!!

If I never set foot in Parson’s again it will be too soon!!!


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This year the Kobe VI Team Bank colorways will be dropping two different times.


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