I've just finished my trimester at college and thought I'd share one of my final assessments with you: an illustrated portfolio which documents fashion history from the 1800s to now. It took around 100 hours to complete and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
For eight different eras we researched particular garments from the period and drew them as technical flat drawings, so as to show the key design elements. We then designed contemporary outfits inspired by the original garments. All the final drawings and illustrations were created using Adobe illustrator and Photoshop, a nice change of pace and definitely brought my computer skills up to scratch!
The designs below, left to right were inspired by menswear, the bodice of the bloomers outfit, and the bustle dress. This is collection of women's corporate wear designs.
Late 1800s - Early 1900s
The designs below are for daywear, casual to semi-formal. Inspired by the details of the cycling outfit, the two-piece suit and the Fortuny dress.
1910 - 1940
The evening-wear designs below were inspired by the jupe-culotte outfit, second art nouveau dress and the oriental costume.
These semi-formal/cocktail style designs were inspired by the first raglan sleeve dress and bias-cut formal dresses.
The Late 1960s & Early 70s
These casual looks were inspired by the popular mini and maxi dresses of the 1960s and 1970s.
The 70s & 80s
The casual look on the left below was inspired by 80s punk fashion, the design on the right shows a Japanese influence on a cocktail look.
These day-time outfits incorporate sportswear details such as panelling, trims and close-fitting silhouettes. Left to right inspired by mens swimwear, women's swimwear and the tennis dress.
Street Styles of Today
I've combined elements of the street-styles above to create a semi-formal collection. The first look is inspired by the Sydney street styles, the second takes influence from the Japanese and the final from New York street style, with shoes from Japanese.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this portfolio and found it a really valuable way to study history. Hopefully you've learned something interesting about the history of fashion! The video below shows my physical portfolio :)
Let me know below if you learnt something new or what your favourite looks/periods were! Or any other questions or comments :)