by Chiara Cola
Create a fashion illustration inspired by the natural world. You might use your drawing created in the We are ‘One’ project as a starting point.
Fashion designers are often inspired by the natural world in building their collection or a design. This often comes out in different ways, from entire outfits and accessories, to embroideries and prints.
Currently, finding a more sustainable production process, with more respect for both the environment and the workers involved in the making, is a central challenge for the fashion world.
Print design & styling © Chiara Cola
1. Choose an example taken from the natural world, this could be animals or flowers etc. You could use the images from We are ‘One’ as inspiration.
2. Draw a sketch of one or more outfits, or an accessory such as a hat or bag.
Inspiration from nature could be included in the construction of the design itself, echoing the shapes, or as a decorative element such an embroidery, print or colour choice.
3. Give a title to your creation!
Here are some examples of my own textile prints – I have done quite a few in the past inspired by nature.
Above photo by Simona Santelli
All print design & styling © Chiara Cola
Fashion Illustrator Antonio Lopez
Iris van Herpen
On Savage Beauty at the V&A
Contributed by Chiara Cola, Art&Design Saturday Club at The Cass, London Metropolitan University
Chiara is a digital artist, print designer and creative consultant, who exhibited in Italy, UK and US including at Cinecittà Film studios, Whitechapel gallery, Harvey Nichols and Art Basel Miami.
Her work spans different creative fields including costume design for film, having collaborated as textile artist with Academy Awards winners Milena Canonero (in several productions including “The Grand Budapest Hotel” by Wes Anderson) and Gabriella Pescucci for the TV series “Into the badlands”.
Chiara has been lecturing in different institutions, including Accademia Costume e Moda in Rome, London College of Fashion, NABA in Milan, Polimoda in Florence, IED Madrid. She is currently Tutor of Art & Design for the Saturday Club, together with Jane Roberts, and Associate Senior Lecturer in the BA Course of Interior Design at The Cass. She is also Industry Mentor for London College of Communication.
“I am so happy and proud to be a Tutor of the Saturday Club of Art & Design at The Cass for the second year. It is being one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. So inspiring to work with our Club Members and to see how audacious and brave they are in their creativity, reinterpreting the briefs through their personality and manipulating materials in innovative ways in their projects.”