Wednesday, 6 October 2010

21. Library of Cool

This is a photo shoot I found in Dazed and Confused August 2010. I liked how the images had been made to overlap and create different patterns and illusions. This effect reminded me of the photos I took on the train using reflections. I liked this effect so I decided to cut the images up and jumble up the images even more. I think this looks quite successful with the contrasting colours and patterns.

20. Library of Cool

My "Summer Soundtrack" this year has been Chapel Club. I love the lyrics used as they sound poetic and romantic whilst talking about modern issues at the same time. Their music videos are beautiful as well, they use lots of natural forms in the background and in the "Eastern Girls" video the fashion is amazing.

These images were taken from Chapel Club videos on YouTube.

19. Library of Cool

After reading an article on Boy George in ID (summer 2010) it got me interested in 80's fashion and the role of males and females in fashion. I found the idea of cross dressing really interesting and it fascinated me how Boy George's make up always looks perfect! 
I decided to hunt further into the 80's and found some of my mum and dads old LP's in a cupboard at home. I especially like the Blondie and The Police covers as they look really retro but the fashions and style can be related to todays music scene. 
Over the summer I discovered the film "This is England" and loved the fashions and gang culture that was portrayed in the film.
I found a photography book by Michael Lavine that I loved. It is called "Grunge", it is a book of images taken from the 90's music grunge scene including street fashion and photo shoots of celebrities. I'm a big fan of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain features a lot in the book. I think the he would be a good muse for my future menswear project. 

18. Library of Cool

I found the article on the left in Dazed and Confused, August 2010, volume 88, it features an artist called Andre Ethier, the artwork is of natural forms such as flowers portrayed in a grotesque way. I especially like the colours used. 
The image on the right is an Alexander McQueen advert taken from Another, September 2010. The colours reminded me of Andre Ethier's work.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

17. Library of Cool

I bought an art magazine called Juxtapose and especially liked work by artists, Retna and Jamie Caliri 

16. Library of Cool

These images are my favourite images in my Library of Cool. The first image is taken form a photo shoot in Flux magazine, Issue 73, the shoot was titled Possessed. I love everything about these images. Throughout the shoot the male models have a real feminine edge to them and in some they wearing heels, exploring the boundaries between male and female fashion.
The middle image is a Raf Simmons advert, it felt this was a very eery and powerful image portraying the idea of restriction and being unidentifiable.
I found the images on the left in Pigeon and Peacocks magazine, Issue 1. I think that they also give of a creepy possessed feel, the lady in the images seems lost and confused which creates a really mysterious atmosphere.

15. Library of Cool

 During my younger years I was a little bit obsessed with dinosaurs. Whilst routing around in my room I came across a book about  dinosaurs that I used to cherish as a child. As I flicked through remembering simpler times I realised that the illustrations were really good. I like all of the detailed lines and shading of the images. They also have a vicious and aggressive feel to them which I is really endearing.

Images from The Natural History Museum, Book of Dinosaurs, Tim Gardon with Angela Milner