Hair Project 

Afro Caribbean Hair

For this brief we had to decide our own path and be creative with "hair". I chose to do afro Caribbean Hair because i thought i would be able to look into different textures styles whilst also going into the history. I really enjoyed this project and was intrigued with what i learnt.

These are images of knitting, pom poms and plaiting that i created recreating and representing the afro Caribbean hairstyles. Within these images there were some tricky pieces, for example I knitted with wire which was not easy to bend around knitting needles and loop together. I knitted with cotton which due to the weight of cotton i did a lot of knitting and it never became much of a size. I also leant to knit with my fingers, this was something i rather enjoyed.

These were created using photos of knits i had created then they were put into Adobe Photoshop.

Here are some images that inspired me throughout this project.

The big fashion houses often include several tribal fashion references in their collections. Where do Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Anna Sui and Alexander McQueen get their inspiration from? The origins of tribal fashion are based on more than 8,600 years of history. The cult of the body and cultural diversity, coming from India, Africa and Latin America, have emphasized the latter, and today it's considered a tool for growth. Africa is one of the origins of these innovations. The various tribes that inhabit it are characterized by being proud of their bodies and by using ornaments that glorify them. The spirituality and the contact with nature become key elements in the choice of clothing, as well as climatic conditions and daily life rituals. Since unknown times, the Woodabee devote major attention to the beauty of their men. The semi-nomadic tribe from West Africa highlights the most beautiful areas of the face, so nose, lips and mouth stand out in yellow, red and black colours, made out of vegetable pigments. Women braid their hair framing their faces with geometric ornaments and feathers.

Valentino

Always with a single objective in mind: making women feel beautiful, elegant and sophisticated. This is the diktat framing Valentino Garavani’s over 40-year-long career. In 1950 at the tender age of 17 years old he leaves Voghera and sets to conquer Paris, home to the haute couture elite. After studying at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, he wins the competition held by the International Wool Secretariat, making it the perfect opportunity to show his talent. Dessès, impressed by the how rapidly the young Italian can sketch, immediately hires him. And during this working experience, Valentino becomes fascinated with red, the color everyone will one day associate him with. He falls for it at the Barcelona Opera: in his mind, the stage becomes a runaway and the scarlet red theatrical costumes transform into those that will become his future creations. In 1955, the Paris adventure goes on at Guy Laroche. Longing to put into practice what he had learnt, in 1957 he goes back to Italy and with his father’s financial aid.

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar de la Renta is Dominican, and was born in 1932. An extreme love towards Santo Domingo and his whole land of origin pushes him to create dresses that often mirror the tropical colours of his island. He left his native land at the age of 18 to move to Madrid, where he will graduate with a diploma in painting at the San Fernando Academy. He learned and devoured all what belongs to this Latin land: its culture, its art, its music, from the corrida to the flamenco, to the world of fashion.