Brooke Tippett, 33, from Plymouth, UK, is in the second year of a 3 years Fashion Design BA course. You can contact Brooke at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter at @brooketippett80, follow her tumblr blog and check her portfolio.
Brooke, what is the background of the work you submitted?
Kaleidoscopic is a capsule collection I have recently created as a project for my second year on a brief entitled Odyssey. It is inspired by modern interpretations of Futurist Art. I was in particular captured by the use Mark Adam Webster makes of colour and geometric shapes in a series entitled ‘Abstract Futurism’.
I widen my exploration on the notion of Futurism, looking into technology, visiting The Science museum, photographing car engines, watching SciFi films – in particular The Fifth Element – but also investigating technological fabrics.
I wanted to create a forward looking collection through shape, colour, print and use of fabrics. In the end I settled for Neoprene material which allows bold, colourful and bouncing silhouettes.
I have been designed my garments relying on mirrored panels, using construction techniques and fasteners typical of wetsuits. This is particular evident in my leggings, created from different coloured Neoprene
Circular features are a hallmark of this collection. Both my Orange and Pink coats have been designed using conceptual shapes from my research into technology. Their circular pockets have been created with padded rims and lined with a Digital Print I created also inspired by Futurist art. It started as a collage manipulated in Photoshop to create a psychedelic pattern which led to the title of the collection Kaleidoscopic.
This collection allowed me to experiment with fabrics, textures and prints.
What inspires you creatively?
Everything and anything really, but I do have a particular passion for the Theatre. I especially like the choreographies of Matthew Bourne, such as Cinderella for its contemporary take on the fairy tale and the sets and costumes.
Your favourite film?
The Royal Tenenbaums, a 2001 film directed by Wes Anderson. I love its casting, its dry sense of humour and wit. It’s out of the ordinary, strange, quirky and eccentric.
Your favourite music?
Groove Armada Album Love Box in particular the track Madder. I love it because it’s fast, loud and digital. It’s a few years old now but I believe it will never go out of date. I’ve seen Groove Armada a few times on stage; they are so energetic and full of passion!
Your favourite Video on line?
My favourite online film at the moment is Hatstand, a film promoting the Milliner Philip Treacy, made in collaboration with Nick Knight, Ruth Hogben and the model Grace Bol. It’s an extrodinary fashion film which is inspired by Micheal Jackson and African Girls. It features incredible head pieces. I love its glamour, colours and how they have been captured.
Your favourite blog or website for inspiration?
Pinterest is a great site for inspiration with an unlimited stock of images.
I also like Show Studio, Nick Knight’s website, for its quality & inspirational content which makes industry professionals, fashion film and runway shows accessible to the general public.
What is hot or new in the world and/or where you live?
Living and studying in Plymouth is quite exciting at the moment as the council put in a bid to become 2017 ‘City of Culture’. Plymouth offers a vast choice in creative and performing arts, both professional and amateur. Being recognised as a ‘City of Culture’ will raise the profile of the city and stimulate its cultural output further.
What does Fashion mean to you?
Fashion is personal choice; it is about experimentation and about longevity. It links self-expression and aesthetics.
How do you imagine your future?
I’m not too sure what the future holds for me as I abide by the belief that no plan is a good plan. I keep my options open and I am willing to take risks. I know I want to design. I am very interested in Textiles Print and Surface Design; I also enjoy designing Womenswear. I am fairly experimental but I am also eager to learn and develop professional techniques and would love the opportunity to work for a Couture House. Eventually I would like to set up my own label.
Your ideal internship?
I would really like an internship in Print and/or Textiles with a prestigious company like Basso and Brooke or Zandra Rhodes – I just love the exciting prints they create. – An experience in Haute Couture and/or Tailoring where I could learn some of their exceptional artisan techniques. I think internships are very important.
I am interested to do internships abroad. Are there specific places to look for them?
Also do you feel it would be more beneficial for my future career to focus on a particular area of fashion or is it important to develop skills in different areas?
What do you think? Why not tell us in the comment section below.