I finally submitted my portfolio — a month after my last class of Basic Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of the Philippines (Ortigas). I was supposed to submit it two weeks ago but… I had a hard time trying to consolidate all materials needed for each garment. I collected more swatches so I would know the right fabric. I even bought several embellishments (beads and sequins) so I could present my portfolio with more details — not just sketches and descriptions. So whoever views my portfolio will have a more concrete idea how I plan to construct that certain garment (I won’t be able to make those sketches into reality anytime soon because I haven’t even taken up Haute Couture yet. And I don’t know how to sew complicated designs… But once I do, I will post them here). I did not add any other things in my project — it might be distracting. I just put all my sketches in a clearbook so people would focus on my designs instead of my portfolio’s design. And I want to be a minimalist once in a while :)
So anyway, let me start with my moodboard for this collection:
Flowers, butterflies, anything colorful. Ah, the color of spring :)
Why I called my collection “Hanami”
Hanami (花見) is a Japanese term which means “flower viewing” but is more popular as “cherry blossom viewing”, the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of sakura sometime between winter and spring seasons.
I love sakura. I love flowers. I love anything Japanese. And most of all, I love spring. The second time I went to Japan was during Spring of 2010 – not too cold, not too warm, and everything was vibrant and beautiful. Spring has become my favourite season since then.
I would love to experience the spring season again, but who knows when I can travel. Inspired by this desire, I named my collection “Hanami” to relive the moment I first experienced spring in Japan.
I was not satisfied with all of them. But you know, someone might appreciate them. So I still included them in my portfolio.
I used different mediums: Copic Sketch Markers, Copic Markers (the regular ones), Faber Castell watercolor pencils, a silver pen, Prang Watercolor, Prang Metallic Watercolor, Uchida Pen, Mechanical Pencil (B).
I will include those pages from my portfolio once I get it back. Maybe I’ll update this post next week :D Hopefully, my teacher will leave some positive notes.