Have you heard of Shingo Sato?

Neither did I, until today ^_^

He is a fashion designer/pattern maker famous for his Transformational Reconstruction (TR) approach to pattern design. He has unusual design process in which he designs directly on the form. He adds fullness, decorative details, seaming and the best fit, all as he works directly on his figures. This process he uses was learned when he began his design career with Azzedine Alaia in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The example above is just the beginning. He was at our University today and he showed us various forms he had finished; believe me when I say I was gutted to have gotten late to his presentation due to the fact that i had gone to the wrong room first. And I was again gutted when I got there and the front spaces were taken.

And guess what? I couldn’t take any photos in my position. There was so much as well 😦 But hey, he’s got some videos up at Youtube and here are the one I’ve checked out below:

Shingo Sato is from Sapporo city in Japan. He went to Bunka Fashion College in Hokkaido.

Worked as a technical assistant from year 1982 – 1986 in Azzedine alaia in Paris.

In Trussardi in Milano, Mr Sato worked as a pattern maker from year 1986 – 1990.

Now, he has his own studio in Milan 🙂

So… yeah, just had to share this cause he is awesome!

My Prints/Pattern Repeat

After getting some prints done for my sketchbook, I stared at them blanking wondering what exactly I was trying to achieve. Although they were all quite interesting, I felt more could be done with them. That’s when pattern repeat with Photoshop came to mind. below are my prints I created with Acrylic paint on layout paper 🙂

Dragging my feet to my Design and Research class, I had a little chat with one of my Lecturers asking her what she thought about my prints. After staring at them for a while, she suggested working with four of them at a time instead of one.

Then, it didn’t really get to me what she meant but I simply nodded as if in agreement. Went to the PC room and scanned my prints in.

inspired by a cosplay with safety pins on a mask. colored background with acrylic and the used stick for the safety pins (yes, those are meant to be safety pins =.=”)

inspired by imagining a very thick forest, i could see a lot of green( the background) and brown, strangely still see blue.

inspired by the sea and star fish (oh yes, them red blob looking things are meant to be star fishes’ ) and there’s some sea sand at the top :3

inspired by mud cloth. Still tryna remember what kind of a story i was tryna portray here, hopefully it’ll come back to me once more and I’ll remember to jot it down. 🙂

had a butterfly print ribbon that i used for my Harajuku cosplay at halloween and stripped it into three, painted over it. THAT (above) happened! XD

My hair’s on that lol jks. Used my hair to paint it. ;P
Inspired by my hair U.U

inspired by the mud cloth. 🙂

Now it was down to Photoshop to do the rest but unfortunately, I couldn’t quite remember how to do the repeat pattern. Decided to search for tutorial: of course using Google 🙂 Took a lot of searching there and here before I could get a tutorial that was quite simple enough for me to get it right. (more…)

MaNa

As a child, Mana was introduced to classical music by his parents who were both music teachers. He started to play piano, listening almost only to classical music especially his favorite Johann Sebastian Bach.

Mana then went on making his own music during high school and his first band was a punk group called “Girl’e” (active from 1989-1990). He was called Serena in that band and he played the guitar.  He then played bass for Mantenrou meaning ‘skyscraper’ (1990-1992).

After leaving Mantenrou in April 1992, he founded another group called Malice Mizer with another guitarist, Kozi. Mana was the lead guitarist, chief songwriter, choreographer and overall artist director.

Mana rarely speaks in public. He had often whispered into the ear of a band member or confidante, who then relates his words back to the interviewer. Sometimes he uses yes/no cards or express himself using mime.

There was an occasion when he was sitting on the floor and when he was asked what he was doing and why he was sitting that way, he replied

“It’s cute”

In 1999, Mana created his own clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, which features two lines of designs named “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat”.

moi meme moitie

Opened a shop in October 1999 in Aoyama Tokyo. He also has another one now in Nagoya.

Elegant Gothic Lolita, EGL or Gothic Lolita for short, involves a teen or young adult who dresses in amazingly elaborate Gothic looking baby-doll costumes. Below are a few examples of the EGL clothing lines Mana has created:

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana, Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

There’s Elegant Gothic Aristocrat. The imitates the mature decadence of the late Neogothicera, which emphasis on simplicity and elegance. It consists black and white, dark colors and natural tones with delicate detailing such as ruffles or lace trimmings, and completed with black, clunky boots and heavy makeup. Here are some examples below: (more…)