Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Diary of an Intern Day 2 - 28th April


Today i was introduced to the BIBLE.
it is a very thick book made up of all this seasons collections and all their selling books.
eg. Gold label, selling book, Red label, selling book, Man selling book, Anglomania, Selling book, Accessories, Selling book.
This book is handmade every season and made up 5 times for the 5 different departments.
Luckily for me, i had the job of doing it this season.
Esther showed me the order in which everything had to go and the rest was left to me.

This took me ALL day. and i haven't even binded them together yet. bad times.

Diary of an Intern Day 1 - 27th April

First day at Vivienne Westwood.

When arriving i was first introduced to a fellow intern called Nick who would be working alongside me. Nick was studying menswear and tailoring at LCF and we probably spent the first hour chatting about the pains of fashion and how much work we had whilst unpacking some boxes. I was glad i had someone else with me, it took the strain off a bit.
Esther then took us on a tour of the showrooms and introduced us to last seasons collection and all the selling books that accompanied it. The selling books are little books of flat pattern drawings of the garments along with style and order numbers. Esther said if we ever got stuck and couldn't find something, always refer to the selling book.

Our next task of the day was to check in some samples that had been sent out to matches for a press photoshoot. This involved us running down a booking out form that had been previously filled out and checking each sample that had been booked out, had been returned.

After Lunch, me and Nick had the job of marking on a huge map of the uk, all the stockist of vivienne westwood. We had to colour code the collections with the whereabouts of the shop.
This took us right up until 6 when we were allowed home.

Fashion is tiring.

Innovative Cut - What a Disaster

Coming near to the end of innovative cut, i think i managed to spend about 10 whole days 9-6 in uni in order to make up for the time i missed.
Finalising an idea, i began to first realise the design in paper and then in calico to make a successful toile.
When i was making the toile, i decided to make it as perfect as i could with linings and everything else, however when drawing up a pattern and then translating it to calico, i often found that things would not match or fit.
The final calico toile was made up and because i had done it as perfectly as i could, all i hoped i had to do was copy it using the patterns i had previously made, into the black fabric i had chosen.
The whole process took a lot longer than i thought it would and my final prototype was quite rushed and because of this i dont think i finished it as well as i could.
When it came to inserting the invisible zip, i managed to sew it in ok and make it look neat, however i thought it would be neater to overlock the edges of the zip on the inside, but instead the overlocker, actually got caught in the teeth of my zip so i had to unpick the whole thing. This left me with a scraggly edge and bits of cotton in the teeth that made the zip hard to fasten. When trying to make the zip go easier, i actually messed around with it too many times and the actual zip intself managed to unravel and start to leave a big hole.
Now not only did my zip not zip up, i also had a scraggly edge and hole.
In light of the situation, all i could do was try and tidy up a bit, as i had no time to replace the zip.
I ended up handing the prototype garment in, in a condition i dont think was very good or professional and i dont expect to do very well. In addition to this, because i had spent so much time trying to sort out my zip, the finishing of my sketchbook was not completexd and so i also had to hand that in too, in a way in which i was not happy with.
This project has taught me that i need to plan my time MUCH better. I should always leave time to spare in case something goes wrong.
I am very disappointed, and i think this mark will bring down my overall grading.
(Pictures of toile and prototype to follow)