Saturday, December 6, 2008

When in St. Petersburg...

For our final design projects this quarter, we had to choose a movie to base a collection off of. In the mood for fur, my group of gals chose "Dr. Zhivago" at first, but somehow, it wasn't vibing with us. We needed something a bit more fanciful, with more raw material. So, we switched to the animated "Anastasia".

Here's the DVD cover (we did a lot based off of her "moppet" look early in the movie, and some evening wear based on the blue gown in this image, as well):


Here's the title page for our portfolio:


Names have been obfuscated to protect the innocent... Our "girl" is a Moscow-based gallery owner on an art-buying mission in New York, hence the passport and Kandinsky. Our looks are designed around a 3-day itinerary we made out for her filled with gallery visits, charity galas, and dinners with her Senegalese lover, Amadou...

We got a lot of inspiration for the movie, but we filled in the blanks with a bit of research into what the Romanovs were wearing during the first World War -- isn't Anastasia smart in her little sailor outfit?



We (like they) used lots and lots of Battenburg lace, sashes and other military touches like Maltese cross pins and trousers tucked into high boots. Our colors are principally white, black, gold and red, and we even have a Faberge egg bag and Romanov eagle-print set of luggage...

When what to our wondering --and slightly disappointed-- eyes should appear on the home page of Style.com on Friday, but Karl Lagerfeld's Pre-Fall 2009 collection:



Ah well... there is nothing new under the sun. But for sure, that Karl's put together something really stunning here; not as predictable as his recent collections have been.

7 comments:

madam0wl, a.k.a Sandra said...

Fun concept for a final design project (movie inspiration). [start TA voice]...by the cover page looks like your group did a good job at it! And the Karl/Chanel coincidence shows the group's good forecasting skills.[end TA voice]

Sal said...

Scooped by the Kaiser! Dangit! (My word verification is "reordeal" - HAH!)

Munted kowhai said...

that looks like such a fun project to do! and the tzars, oh the decadence! I was totally obsessed with the romanovs when i was a child. good luck on exams!

...love Maegan said...

omg your header/banner is INSANELY AWESOME!

a cat of impossible colour said...

I love Anastasia - what a great inspiration! And your cover page is amazing.

megan said...

I love that picture of Coco. Cool project!

megan / http://mallratcouture.blogspot.com

Spandexpony said...

Thanks all! I'm really honored that you guys dig it. And also thanks for the exam well-wishing! Peace!