Blood, Sweat & Tears

We had a 5 week project to produce an ‘interactive invitation’ for Middlesex University’s BA Fashion Show at the end of the year and this had to include a short film.
I chose a bit of a dark concept having watched way too much Dexter, I used ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’ as my inspiration and chose to film ‘behind the scenes’ shots of a BA Fashion Degree (cutting, sewing, general tension and stress). With the creepy film, I wanted to make a not so creepy hard copy invitation that would actually be sent out to guests, so I made the physical sense of blood, sweat and tears…
The ‘blood’ is actually raspberry flavoured liquid from Halloween, the ‘sweat’ is an antiperspirant and the ‘tears’ are eyedrops. The invitations are sent out in pharmacy bags prescribed to the ‘patient’ or guest.
Without further ado, here’s the the film:
Directed by Sufiyeh Hadian,
Shot by Matthew Thomas
Music by Thom Yorke ‘Hearing Damage’

Finalised outcome of ‘Fashion Strikes Back’

Henry Holland for Darth Vader

Christopher Kane for Stormtrooper

Giles Deacon for C3PO

Photography by Mathieu Harkin,
Styling by Sufiyeh Hadian
Taken in Studio

and here’s a few that didn’t make the cut:

I might start selling this ‘Sith Happens’ tee I made…

Re-workings of ‘Fashion Strikes Back’

Had a change of plan with the designers, after some feedback from tutors and meeting with Selfridges Visual Merchandiser, we decided that they had to be celebrated british fashion designers & preferably ones that Selfridges stock.
Soooo here’s the new & improved styling ideas/collaborations, and check out my ‘Fashion Strikes Back’ logo- took me 1 long day to put that together!

Giles Deacon for C3PO
Christopher Kane for Stormtrooper
Henry Holland for Darth Vader
I’ll leave you with a little home made Star Wars opening credits explaining my project..

First workings of ‘Fashion Strikes Back’

For my one of my Final Major Project briefs, I’ve chosen to re-brand Star Wars characters (geek.) including C3P0, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, and collaborate them (hypothetically) with different fashion designers. This will then go on (hypothetically) to exhibit in Selfridges Concept Store, celebrating Star Wars coming out in 3D in 2012. oh & I’m also going to create the styled shoot’s in analglyphic 3D (red & cyan).

Here’s a sneak peak of my styling ideas..

Stormtrooper for Christopher Kane, Darth Vader for Luella & Tarina Tarantino, C3P0 for Thierry Mugler
Princess Leia for Hussein Chalayan, Chewbacca for Carhartt and Yoda for Paul Smith.

Pop Ate My Heart

Lady GaGa @ Brixton Academy
14 July 2009

My blood turned to glitter. Alexander McQueen was the creator of the wonderful costumes GaGa wore and he was apparently there too but unfortunately i didn’t spot him 😦
And I know I’ve already worn it once but I couldn’t go to see Her Royal Discostick without wearing my fabulous DiscoBra! Here am I after the gig with Scarlett Etienne sporting McQueen (what else?) and the fabulous stylist Peter Breen.
Check out my video of GaGa playing acoustic Pokerface –

There’s A Star Man Waiting In The Sky..

ArtMachine/Bowie with House of Blueeyes

Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green 30th May 2009

Johnny Blueeyes is a wonderful man. Full of love and wisdom and has great style to boot (Have you seen the vintage Biba shoes?!). So to celebrate his recent success (Kate Moss on his first catwalk collection and all that..) Mr.Blueeyes threw an entertainment bash at the Resistance Gallery with a David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust theme.

It was fun and I met some amazing people including Ram Shergill (Editor in chief of Drama Magazine, which led me to do work experience as Creative director’s assistant & Styling assistant there which was AMAZING!), the Lovely Theo angel and of course Scarlett Etienne who is a rock star in her own right!

Fresh Talent

Central St.Martins Graphics & Illustration Exhibition Private View

Truman Brewery, Brick Lane May 28th 2009

This. Was. Amazing.
No other words to describe it really, the crazy and original ideas that go through these students heads is just inspirational.
I primarily went to see a friend of mine’s work- the amazingly talented and somewhat elusive Mike Kosmicki (See Above his Graphics work is so professional, not surprising as he’s interned at Tank Magazine! I remember looking through it at RD Franks every month just to see his name in print!
I left that Exhibition feeling the creative urge!

You’re Noone ’till Your In The BurnBook

BurnBook Launch @ the Green Carnation

Soho May 28th 2009
So if your a London fashionite you should already know about Soho’s most famous dragqueens, Munroe Bergdorf & Shiva Queen, then you also should know about BurnBook the new clubnight dedicated to those who say “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”- Oscar Wilde. Hosted by none other than the Queens themselves.
Here I am on opening night, with a Champagne glass too many, we danced the night away with the made up MAC beauties-VIP guests (other than myself) included Mikey Kardashian, Louis Parsons, Leon Senn & Paul Nicholls- (who by the way, also works in Year Zero a fabulous little shop off Beak Street selling Lego Jewelry made by the Owner Rocky Mazzilli and Louis Vuitton cases covered in Graffiti! . DJ’s featured Erol Sabadosh, Joshyou Are & Karaoke from the amazingly talented Matt Kane & Marcos Brito.
Sadly Paul Nicholls passed away in August 2010 following a long battle with cancer. May you rest in Peace Paul, you always were fabulous!

The First Streetfest 2009!

(From May 2009)
“Building A Community Of Collective Creativity”
My friend and I decided to check out an event I’d seen advertised named Street Fest, it featured a large skate ramp in a warehouse off Old Street with artists such as Sichi, Andy Seize, Hicks,Miss Led and Drunkpark, live DJ’s with yummy international food stalls surrounding it.

I got a bit distracted at first from the skateboarders (..stunts) but then walk to the back and out come these artists drawing away. Amazing pieces of work, they also had timed ‘paint off’ against each other. Such a good little fest, they showed films in the back rooms by up and coming film makers, skateboard competitions and fashion shows. Watch out for the next one next year!