Fashion Cut Outs – Inspiration is Everywhere!

SDCOnline17Jordanian Fashion Illustrator Shamekh Bluwi’s Instagram account has become super popular since he started posting these stunning fashion illustration cut outs. Fashion Tutor at Style Design College commented, ‘It proves to our learners what we try so hard to teach them at our college – Inspiration can be found everywhere. The best place to find inspiration is usually right where you’re at.’  Shamekh’s cut outs feature landscapes, fabrics, surfaces and architecture from Jordan, New York and Cairo.

To learn how to illustrate like this check out the Style Design College Fashion Illustration short course. click here

30 Stylish Halloween Décor Ideas

So you’ve done the scary, creep Halloween theme and you’re looking to class things up this year? We’ve got you covered – our design learners have submitted their top ‘stylish Halloween’ ideas and we’ve chosen 30 of the best to inspire you.

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Fashion Works of Art

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing one of SDC’s talented online learners – Gulnoza Usmanova. Gulnoza is 28 years old and originally from Uzbekistan but today she creates her fashion master-pieces from Vancouver Canada here she lives with her husband and 2 kids.
What got you interested in Fashion Design?
I have been interested in Fashion since I was a little girl and when I was in grade 5 I already knew that I would be a Fashion Designer. Also, I used to have a lot of paper dolls  with different styles of clothing made by me.
Who are your favourite designers or fashion brands and why?
I would say I respect all Fashion designers, because they all have their own vision and way in Fashion Design. But i’m interested more  in Haute Couture. I like when it has a lot of details and embellishments. I love Chanel! Karl Lagerfeld is one my favourite designers, especially when he works with Lasage. Also, I like Ellie Saab, John Galliano, Giambattista Valli and Valentino.
Where do you find your inspiration for your Fashion designs?
I can find my inspiration everywhere: – flowers, architecture… But for me the best inspiration is mood! I can easily create when I am in a really good mood. Watching fashion shows also helps me to find ideas.
Your fashion illustrations are really good – were you always good at drawing? What do you prefer to work with when designing your fashion illustrations?
When I was a kid , I always asked my mom to draw me fashion illustrations and I always wanted to draw like her. When I was in a high school I started to learn to draw with a tutor. Then I went to college of Art and Design. I remember that I always used to helped my group mates to create and draw fashion illustrations. My works was always one of the good ones.
I prefer work with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. Now I am learning to draw digitally.
How are you enjoying the Style Design College Fashion program?
This is my first time studying online, so I’m really enjoying it. Because I have 2 kids and job I can manage my time and do my assignments when I have time. It’s really convenient!
What are your ambitions in the Fashion Industry?
My ambitious is to be like a Karl Lagerfeld! I want to be a Haute Couture designer and to work with Lasage.
Images remain property of the artist. Follow Gulnoza on instagram: @Yassaid_Usman
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Vertical Panoramas by Richard Silver

Richard Silver has produced a fascinating series of photographs that capture the insides of New York churches. Each image is composed of 6-10 shots forming a vertical panorama. One gets a true sense of the scope and splendour of these churches by admiring all their beauty in one, single view.

Silver says, “Finding the perfect location in the center aisle then shooting vertically from the pew to the back of the church gives the perspective that only architecture of this style can portray.”

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Kirsty’s Wonderland

Talented and young fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell has produced an award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled ‘Wonderland’. Taking inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland story Mitchell decided to explore childhood themes shared by her mother, an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier. Beautiful Models dressed in extravagant costumes were photographed against mystical, natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother.

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The success of her first few photos drove the artwork into uncharted territory as the photoshoots grew into increasingly ornate endeavors where costumes and props for each image were sewn, painted, and assembled by hand, requiring up to five months of prep for a single shot. Mitchell recounts the series’ evolution in an essay on her website.

The full collection of 74 storybook images will soon be available  on Kickstarter.