8 May 2014

Fashion & Fungi

Hey Fashionistas!

This is a dress that i constructed in my 15 Hour Fashion Textiles exam! It was on the 1st, 2nd & 6th of May; split over the three days, 5 hours each day. My theme for my controlled assessment was based on fungi. My design brief was: A fashion company is looking for designs and garments based on fungi.

I chose this because I found it very interesting and I could come up with a variety of ideas in terms of exploring a variety of fungi and not just solely mushrooms. So I looked at different types of fungi ; fungi on land, fungi underwater and invertebrates, fungi on animals, on metal, corroding objects, mold, algae and different things that relate to it in terms of colour and shape/structure. Looking at things like barnacles and invertebrates (like sponges and coral) are not necessarily fungi, but I found them interesting to relate to fungi as the structure of them and how they are formed are similar. They look like something is growing, forming and developing and the shapes expand and their textures are interesting.

My A3 sketchbook is filled with texture and a lot of ideas. I did a lot of experimentation to figure out how i would use certain things for my final piece. I incorporated print within my work again, as it’s something I love doing and I’m really good at. I didn't do as much print work as I normally do, because I wanted to focus more on texture and structure. I did some marbling and stuck to specific colours ways and with this, scanned them, manipulated them in Photoshop changing the levels and saturation, then created repeat patterns with them. This was really effective as the colours were very vibrant and the pattern from the inks resembled fungi and mold. I did some fabric manipulation and wanted to make the structure of the dress layered and poofy to resemble mushrooms, mold and things that grow and form.



The Glue Pieces Layered On Top

I think that fungi was a very interesting theme and I could work on my experimentation and develop my ideas into a well designed final outcome which was a fungi dress. 
I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay blessed.

Genie xo


  1. You are so pretty!! love the dress and the vibrant colours/design xxx


  2. very beautiful and creative.

  3. Nice one!! You did a good job. - Very cute and creative. :-)



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