Self-Portrait: A Graduate Collection Show

Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Jul 11, 2016

So we had to create a trend book to show the smaller details that our collections consist of. Here are a few pages that I thought would be visually relevant to my campaign. Please have a look and enjoy.


Cover Page

Content

A short description of the mood behind my collection

Just to give an indication of the mood

Some fabrication ideas

A few colours that will be included in the palette of my collection

To give an indication of my preferred silhouettes

Just a few examples of the kind of accessories I will be creating

And finally some styling guidelines.


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Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Jul 04, 2016

I thought I'd share some social media update for anyone who would like to follow me on these platforms and see how my progress looks in real life. I have attached some images from Instagram and you can find my social media links at the bottom.

My first update on Instagram about my collection


My illustration progress as posted on Instagram


Some color experimentation with my designs


My illustration design, hand rendered by me with pencils and pro markers

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Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Apr 27, 2016

This is one of the designs I came up with to represent my collection and my brand. The illustration still needs color and proper rendering detail but thus far it has been created using my personal rough sketches and Adobe Illustrator. Later I will transform it into a work of art to apply to swing tags and any other form of packaging, print or project used in this collection or throughout the creative process.

This design incorporates various elements that are clearly visible in my collection such as the unibrow (which showcases my muse, Frida Kahlo), the saint-heart on her chest (which refers to the theme of religion), the floral, over-grown frame (which represents the beauty of nature) and the banner at the bottom with my designer name (which represents me, my collection, my brand and everything I aspire to be in this industry).


My designer name, Michelle Belle Dean, was created by me many years back and still sticks with me 'till this day. It was created using a combination of things that ultimately made me who I am today.

Michelle - this is my birth name meaning 'who is like God?' or 'gift from God'. I was given this name after my mother wanted to call me Isabeau (from the 1985-movie Ladyhawk, also her all-time-favourtie film) but her friends convinced her that I would be brutally teased in school with a name like that coming from a South-African background. She later named me Michelle, like the actress who played the role of Isabeau, Michelle Pheiffer. The meaning of my name, the contents of the film & our long , struggling journey with religion, all contributed to my deep rooted fascination with religious matters and their effects on people all over the world.

Belle - the french word for 'beautiful'. (French has always been one of the most beautiful languages to me and the fact that France is the capital of Haute Couture makes it all the more desirable). This second part of my designer name comes straight from The Beatles song 'Michelle', as they are one of my all-time-favourite bands. My friends knew I loved them so much and they used to sing this song to me all the time. Later on they just started calling me Michelle My Belle out of habit and because I wanted to bring a part of my friends into my brand, I felt this would be the perfect way to do so whilst still maintaining the essence of my designer label. My friends have been with me through everything and there is no way I would be where I am today without them standing by my side.

Dean - I'll tell you about this one a bit later...

I'm glad I could share that piece of myself with you and give you a deeper understanding of where I came from and how that has formed the being that I am today.

Share your thoughts with me in the comments below, follow my campaign & spread the word! More updates will be coming soon...


P.s. All work & images posted within this campaign is my own & I reserve all copyrights thereof. If you wish to use these images or designs, please contact me directly. I am also open for any creative collaborations or private commissions

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Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Apr 27, 2016

These are my final designs for my collection, excluding my showstopper and my own personal outfit for the graduation show. I have created these illustrations using Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop. They are not yet rendered and colored according to the colors and fabrics that will be used in the actual garments but this is just to give you the first taste of what is still to come & the workmanship that is yet to be created.

Each garment will have one main color but will still incorporate an array of the other colors used within this collection. The garments will be paired with antique gold & brass accessories along with semi-precious gemstones and other unique details. Head-pieces will be hand-made, each with their own unique element.


Self Portrait Figure Board

One pattern will also be created and printed in 6 different colors on various fabrics to go with each look, ultimately linking all the looks together to form one cohesive collection.

More works are coming soon, so stay tuned.

Follow, share & comment with any constructive criticism you might have on my work I have produced and uploaded thus far. Every bit of support is appreciated and more than welcome.


P.s. All work & images posted within this campaign is my own & I reserve all copyrights thereof. If you wish to use these images or designs, please contact me directly. I am also open for any creative collaborations or private commissions

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Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Apr 27, 2016

These figures have been created by me personally, using Adobe Illustrator. I first drew the original practice sketches on paper, scanned the figures into the computer & then transferred them onto Illustrator to create these one-of-a-kind 'Saint Frida Characters' on which I will be laying out my designs for this project.

Both these figures have halos over their heads to convey their holiness, which brings in a strong theme that is displayed throughout my collection - Religion. The females have flower crowns that portrays life, beauty & my muse, Frida Kahlo. The males, on the other hand, all have crowns of thorns, that portray betrayal, pain and sacrifice, linking once again with religion, while giving a more masculine feel to the flower crowns seen on the feminine characters.


Their eyes are closed which is open to the observer to interpret as they wish but the true meaning behind it is to communicate their existence between this world and the next. This also provides for the opportunity to show that they are not confined to one specific person, they are who you see them as.

A lot of time, effort and detail has been put into this work, so please feel free to share this campaign with others and help me spread the word to make this project as successful as possible.

Stay tuned for more exciting work coming soon...


P.s. All work & images posted within this campaign is my own & I reserve all copyrights thereof. If you wish to use these images or designs, please contact me directly. I am also open for any creative collaborations or private commissions

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Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Apr 26, 2016

This was our second project that contributed towards our final collection development.

We had to identify and then analyse a trend that best fitted with our collection ideas and then create a trend board which best represents this concept, as well as a magazine spread of items that fits best within this trend.




P.s. All work & images posted within this campaign is my own & I reserve all copyrights thereof. If you wish to use these images or designs, please contact me directly. I am also open for any creative collaborations or private commissions

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Update posted by Michelle van Zyl On Apr 26, 2016

This is officially the first piece of work I created to give more or less an idea of the whole concept behind this collection.



P.s. All work & images posted within this campaign is my own & I reserve all copyrights thereof. If you wish to use these images or designs, please contact me directly. I am also open for any creative collaborations or private commissions

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