Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dame Nellie Melba

A sneakpeak of what’s going into my submission for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival “Fashion Capitals of the World” exhibit. Trying to tackle everything 'Melbourne' is a big ask, and one of our fashion tutors has urged us to "highlight the interplay of diverse cultures that gives rise to something uniquely Melburnian".

Being the only costume designer on the team, I've decided to highlight our Performing Arts culture using Dame Nellie Melba as the key figure. Her operas mix many cultures to portray something 'uniquely Melbournian'.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Explaining the Creed

First of all, my process of getting a Tumblr was suddenly expedited upon the creation of this particular post. It was humbling enough to have had an article written about my work, let alone to suddenly see it all over Tumblr!
My Tumblr bears the same name as this blog, so if you're the Tumbling type you can find me over at Archadian Skies.

Now that my graduate show is over, I can take the time to explain my year-long project! There's no better way to explain this than by using the boards I made as part of my submission report. Let's begin!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gameranx on 'Amnesia Creed'

A fellow gamer-girl friend of mine writes articles for various gaming sites, including Gameranx. My graduate fashion show was held on Friday November 18th and Liz very graciously wrote up an article after interviewing me and gaining Elias' permission to use his wonderful photos.

(Click for article)

I was absolutely delighted to have been able to share my inspiration (and gaming geekery!) with Liz and through her, with other fellow gaming geeks. What I did not expect, however, was for this to happen:

That's right, Frictional Games got a hold of Liz's great article and shared the link with their followers! Words cannot fully express the utter elation that went through me when I saw them share the link. I feel very humbled to have them acknowledge my small nod to their amazing game.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Why I don't take photos

Bonus post! My last post showcased wonderful photography courtesy of my dear friend Elias Lopez, whom I have had the pleasure of working with for a few years now. I am lucky enough to know and work with a team of photographers, each with their own particular talents and style.

Elias has an amazing way of processing colours to richly reflect their appearance which is crucial when taking fashion photographs. This is why I chose him for my Visual Communication assignment, which required us to have our garments photographed and processed for high quality print.

As for me, I am absolutely rubbish with a camera and I am not ashamed to admit it! In fact, let me prove it to you all- this is precisely why I leave photography to photographers!

For fashion last term we had to take very simple photographs of our garments- not modelled on a person, but a mannequin. This led to a crazy regretful idea to borrow a Canon DSLR from the photography faculty and a crash course from a very indulgent, patient tutor whose lesson I forgot by the time I went into the studio and attempted to set it up.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Star-Seeker

Finally, an actual sneakpeek at my Graduate Collection to be debuted this Friday on November 18th 2011! This has been a long time coming and to see my dress in a photoshoot seems to drive it home for me.

This is the villainess from my 'Stardusted Opera'. She's loosely based on Lamia from Stardust, crafted on the archetypal Witch who is both beautiful and terrible. My talented friend Lilly Higgs is responsible for all of my illustrations, but you only get to see this one for now!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

City Weekly Magazine: The Young Moderns

I was lucky enough to be interviewed and photographed for the City Weekly Magazine, which is circulated within the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

It was a lot of fun, and an honour of course- I receive this magazine on my way to work every Thursday so it's charming to be published in it this time!

It also really drives home the fact I'm graduating very soon- and the fact the show is next week! *___*
Oops, back to the sewing machine for me!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Archadian Postal Services

As part of Graphics last Semester we had to create postal stamps. This taught us how artwork and branding had to survive enlarging and minimizing. Of course, I tied it all into my Stardust theme and after seeing this magnificent marriage of makeup and typography I knew I had to give it a go.

The font I chose was Kingthings Willow because of its Art Nouveau curls and stars. The volunteers I chose really had no idea what they were getting into!

The final stamps

Monday, July 11, 2011

"The Little Black Discount" photoshoot

-is now a mini video! Many thanks to Sammeh for being our secondary photographer on the day, and for making this amazing video!

The photoshoot and blog entry can be seen over here.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Age: Design a Career in Fashion

It is with a rather sheepish grin that I say hello to you all again. I do apologize- life swallowed me up and to be honest I'm still wallowing in its stomach feebly pawing at its insides (read as: all my assignments are due in a fortnight along with Semester exams)

In the time that passed, I was interviewed by The Age newspaper to talk about my decision to swap courses from History at The University of Melbourne to Fashion and Costume Design at The Australian Academy of Design.

It was an exciting opportunity and one I was very thankful for. It also shows that good work doesn't go unrecognized!

Do expect more updates in the following fortnight as several of my assignments tie in together for my graduate Stardust project.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Starry Eyed

The first step in my graduate collection was experimenting with makeup to create a look reminiscent of Yvaine the Evening Star from Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust'.

One of our subjects required a magazine to be created, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and get one of the looks sorted out! This look was a lot of fun to create and as we shot this in the laneways of Melbourne we left glitter patches wherever we went |D

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

JETAA 'Anime in the Arvo'

As most people would know (and should know), the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan happened recently and in lieu of that the JETAA held a fundraising event called 'Anime in the Arvo' in Federation Square on March 26.

The event called for cosplayer volunteers to go around asking for donations on behalf of the Red Cross, so I jumped at the opportunity. I attended to lend a hand because I have a family friend teaching over there right now, as well as a beloved host family.

I decided to cosplay as Ronald Knox from Kuroshitsuji

LMFF Opening Night report

Oops! How time flies! The opening night for The Complete History of Lust went fashionably well and a great time was had by all. It was a nerve-wracking night for me, being surrounded by prominent figures in the fashion and art industry and underneath it all it was a very humbling experience.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Save or Splurge?

I was extremely lucky to receive an invitation from Paris Kyne, a master Milliner in Melbourne, to take part in his exhibit 'The Complete History of Lust' which is part of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

He wanted us to explore, using our particular genre which in my case is costume and fashion, the human tendency to always want more. I decided to explore what fashionistas struggle with every new fashion season- do you save money and buy a replica, or do you splurge an entire paycheck for the latest look?

With that in mind, I created the 'Little Black Discount'.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Like a Magnet

How terribly tardy of me! A whole week without another post and inspiration log! But I do have a good reason, I promise- two of them in fact! I was busy with a cosplay as well as an exhibition piece for the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

First things first- my latest cosplay was the Magnet version of Meiko from Vocaloid.

If you've browsed my DeviantArt gallery you'll notice she's the only Vocaloid I've cosplayed because she is in fact my favourite. She was the first Vocaloid (contrary to popular, uneducated belief) and the oldest out of the family canonically too. She's a little overlooked, but to me she's the original and the best!

Monday, February 21, 2011


If you have stumbled upon this blog, then I extend you a warm welcome and hope you enjoy your time! For more information about who I am and what I do, please refer to the pages in the right sidebar.

To kick things off, I'm going to do a little 'Current Inspirations' post that I shall refresh every week. I'll post 10 or so things that currently inspire me!

A 1920's 'Robe de Style' which was an alternative to the drop-waist sheath Flapper dresses of the time. These dresses took their inspiration from the French Rococo era garments such as those Marie Antoinette wore.