Project Diaries: 60s and Art-Nouveau

Text: Mariannie Samara


Taking inspiration from a sketchbook is one thing. But being able to transform it into real pieces of clothing and accessories, is totally different. You need to be practical, clever, creative and of course, fast!

The past week was all about that! Visiting shops with fabrics and textiles, choosing the right ones, spending hours on trying to figure out the shape and the overall aesthetic of the fashion story.

A huge amount of my inspiration came from the space-age movement of the ’60s and the art nouveau movement that dates back in the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. I decided -along with the priceless guidance and advice from our teacher, stylist Nicholas Georgiou- to create clothing that will resemble Courrege’s designs in cut, but also to add an art nouveau twist by using fabrics with floral patterns.

After picking the best materials, it was high time I started designing the clothes. I have to admit that this was the hardest part. I tried to sew, I failed, I felt totally disappointed but then I started again -I was determined to pull it through. I spent two long nights trying to make it and the result was rewarding. I managed to create what I had in mind. Of course, some additions are needed but I completed most of it.

At the end of the day, it’s all about passion!