GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

MOVIE AS AN INSPIRATION FOR A WINDOW DISPLAY

The aim of this window display was to create a contemporary version of 1960’s style. My inspiration was a movie called Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Stanley Kramer.  It was originally written as a play and it is quite noticeable as the movie goes by. It is in the narrative, the dialogues, and the scenography feels like a theatre stage.

The main actors played in the movie were Spencer TracySidney PoitierKatharine Hepburn

At the time of the 1950s, the American white middle class was not ready, yet for the mixed race relationships or marriages. Black Afro-Americans only started the struggle to become equal with the white Americans.

It was really an influential film for me growing up. There were so few representations of black people living as fully dimensional in a white culture. — Dawn Porter, African American filmmaker

 

 

I concentrated on the Christina character played by Katharine Hepburn and chosen her as the main character for my window display. I found her the most significant figure in the whole drama. Her character built bridges of peace inside the moral conflict in the turned apart middle-class white family.

The deep intensive blue colour was the colour of A/W 2014/15 season. I chose to work with three colours; blue, white and black. I tried to recreate Christina’s style with the hat, long coat, and the striped shirt which I found in Primark.

The gel filter used on the light was warm blue, I wanted to create the late winter evening atmosphere. Later on, the gel was taken off by my supervisor … the light was warmer and it worked well during my photo shooting.

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window inspiration
‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ window inspiration

INSPIRATION

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

directed by Stanley Kramer

In this story, the invitation of a black man to a white family’s dinner table is challenging the family. In my window display, the suspended upside down wine glasses reflects the change of values and chaos caused in the family in this 60s movie.

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration
‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ window inspiration

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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PAPER SKIRT MADE OF A YELLOW PAGES

Found Object Fashion Accessories

YELLOW PAGES TURNED INTO A PAPER SKIRT

The objective of this project was to create a window display with a found object, a material that could be up-cycled and revived. As we were not given much time in advance to keep our eyes open for an object that we could call a found object, most of us including me, went for an object that I would describe more as looked for rather than found.

So, I found 😛 few phone books in the cabinet in the hall where I live and I went to look for it 🙂 I always wanted to make a paper dress and there was a chance to do so!

COLOURS

I try to work with three colours. The phone book pages provided me with a ready solution and a colour scheme: yellow, black and white. I styled the mannequin in those colours and went for a deep grey for the back wall. Pure black I was told once is a flat colour and will make everything look flat too.

Found Object Fashion Accessories

INSPIRATION

Old phone books (called Yellow Pages in Ireland) were the inspiration for this model’s accessories. I wanted to show a thrifty creative young woman, who used her imagination to make this outfit for herself, out of what was basically rubbish. A modern Cinderella with a pro-active attitude.

PAPER SKIRT WINDOW DISPLAY

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

THE MAKING PROCESS

On the first image, you can see a quite long skirt. I did not feel it was working out and it was getting heavier. Despite the days of work I put into it I decided to cut it off. It was a hard decision to make but so is the creative process.

For the ballerina skirt, I was working once again using the rule of three. First I prepared three different shapes made out of the yellow pages. The back of the skirt is the most interesting one as it makes the mannequine look a bit like a bird tail.

I got the highest mark for the display and for the first time none criticism. I must admit till the day I was working on it I did not have a clear concept on how to finish it. The paper falling off the skirt and the crushed paper on the floor and the clips that was something very spontaneous. At the time it felt good and it worked. So, always trust your instinct!

The making of paper skirt
The making of the paper skirt

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

The making of paper skirt, visual merchandising

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

FASHION IN WINDOWS, DUBLIN 2017

FASHION IN THE WINDOWS

The photos of the fashion window display were taken in late June 2017, so yes it is a long overdue post. Never the less it is documented now, starting from the most luxuries brands to the more quirky once.

There are few more creative displays such as Louis Vuitton, Joanne Hynes in Dunnes Stores to really well-composed windows in Massimo Dutti store. Gold Brothers shoe store with all the shoes placed under an angle on the wall is probably the most crafty one. Lines going under an angle create an action, direction, and movement. From all the photos I took that day, this is the one I remember the most.

There is a lot of green colour in M&S windows following the Pantone colour of the year 2017. I do like the windows in The House of Ireland store, the mannequins look a little bit out of balance but there is a lot of Irish character in windows. Woolly jumpers and a cup of tea 🙂 what more do you need 🙂

I love the flowery top in Chanel window!

Pantone colour 2017
Pantone colour 2017

BROWN THOMAS

Brown Thomas, Dublin
Brown Thomas, Dublin

Brown Thomas, Dublin

Brown Thomas, Dublin

Brown Thomas, Dublin

CHANEL

Chanel, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Chanel, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Chanel, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Chanel, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Chanel, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Chanel, Brown Thomas, Dublin

LOUIS VUITTON

Louis Vuitton, Brown Thomas, Dublin

Louis Vuitton, Brown Thomas, Dublin

Louis Vuitton, Brown Thomas, Dublin

HERMES

Hermes, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Hermes, Brown Thomas, Dublin

TOMMY HILFIGER

Tommy Hilfiger, Grafton St, Dublin
Tommy Hilfiger, Grafton St, Dublin

MASSIMO DUTTI

Massimo Dutti, Grafton St, Dublin
Massimo Dutti, Grafton St, Dublin

Massimo Dutti, Grafton St, Dublin

Massimo Dutti, Grafton St, Dublin

Massimo Dutti, Grafton St, Dublin

MARKS & SPENCER

M&S, Grafton St, Dublin
M&S, Grafton St, Dublin

M&S, Grafton St, Dublin

M&S, Grafton St, Dublin

M&S, Grafton St, Dublin
M&S, Grafton St, Dublin

COS

COS, Dublin
COS, Dublin
COS, Dublin
COS, Dublin

DUNNES STORES

Joanne Hynes, Dunnes Stores, Dublin
Joanne Hynes, Dunnes Stores, Dublin
Joanne Hynes, Dunnes Stores, Dublin
Joanne Hynes

THE HOUSE OF IRELAND

House of Ireland, Dublin
House of Ireland, Dublin

House of Ireland, Dublin

House of Ireland, Dublin

CLARKS

Clarks mensware, Dublin
Clarks, Dublin

Clarks mensware, Dublin

Clarks mensware, Dublin

GOLD BROTHERS

Gold Brothers, Dublin
Gold Brothers, Dublin

TOPSHOP

Topshop, Dublin
Topshop, Dublin

OTHER STORES

Accessories, Dublin
Accessories, Dublin
Havaianas, Arnotts, Dublin
Havaianas, Arnotts, Dublin
Kids store, Dublin
Kids store, Dublin
Cath Kidson, Dublin
Cath Kidston, Dublin
Fashion window, Dublin
Fashion window, Dublin
Genius Store, Dublin
Genius Store, Dublin
Dirty Fabulous, Dublin
Dirty Fabulous, Dublin

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

THE SLEEPING GYPSY, HENRI ROUSSEAU

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

PAINTING AS A MERCHANDISING INSPIRATION

The objective of the summer window display was to reproduce a large painting and display it with a suitable merchandising product. I have chosen The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau a French post-impressionist.

The Sleeping Gypsy (French: La Bohémienne endormie) is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910).
The Sleeping Gypsy (French: La Bohémienne endormie) is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910).

For 26 years the painting was lying in somebody’s attic totally unappreciated. Today it is considered to be one of the XX century masterpieces displayed in Museum of Modern Art, in New York.

Henri Rousseau described his painting:

A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her, overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chance to pass by picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic.

 

 

Rousseau mixed different cultures, the gipsy is wearing an oriental costume, bedside her there is a mandolin, an Italian instrument. The lion hair is growing in the opposite direction, the face is more of a sheep face than a lion. It looks like a desert, yet there’s water behind them. No footprint of the gipsy. The mysterious painting arises a lot of question to the viewer. Who is the gipsy girl? Where did she come from? What is her relationship with the lion?

To me, the painting of the Sleeping Gypsy is about dreaming, about the peaceful moments during our sleep when we feel very safe and cosy … in between the two worlds of wakefulness and sleep. I chose the bed linen as the merchandising product to emphasise the idea of shelter and protection. A place where nothing wrong will happen to us.


YIN&YANG ELEMENTS

The composition of the painting is horizontal (triangle shape, the rule of 1/3 applied) what makes it very peaceful with the horizontal lines of the mountains and the water in the background. The stripes on the gipsy go horizontally, yet on the pillow, the same pattern is used vertically. There is a contrast between the danger (lion) and peace (sleeping gipsy). 


THE MAKING OFF

To reproduce the painting I had to follow a technique called grid drawing, which allows anyone to come up with a good scale drawing. The painting was created on the MDF board, which had to be covered with layers of PVA glue, otherwise, the board would absorb too much paint. The whole process of recreating the painting took me ten long days. I also made the mandolin out of hardboard and the bed linen from the scratch, using college sawing machine. I recreated H.Rousseau signature on the red vase. More on the making of.

 

 


THE WINDOW DISPLAY WITH BED LINEN

The painting is suspended on the nylon thread. I used a blue filter on the lights to create the moonlight effect. I tried to recreate the layout and the composition of the painting using my merchandising products and props. The painting should be a little bit lower in order to create a unity with the rest of the display. Unfortunately, I was told to put it higher up … It was one of the most time-consuming projects but at the same time very enjoyable to work on.

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.
The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

 

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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VISUAL MERCHANDISING, GRADUATE EXHIBITION, 2017

Savida, Visual Merchandising, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

VISUAL MERCHANDISING, DIT

I was meant to write about The Graduate Exhibition Show of Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin … probably two months ago, shortly after it happened … nevertheless, it is here now.  My apology for such a delay.

I must say there are probably only two maximum three displays I found interesting or well finished. There is no story behind most of them, there is no link between the handmade accessories and the merchandising products.

I hate to say it but there is not much intelligence behind them, those are just displays, basic marketing, not much creativity behind them. It seems the students had to rush to put the show together.

My favourite one is the one with the bathroom and the seaweeds splashed all around. There is a bit of a story in it but I am not sure where does it lead to …

I wish the student was allowed to think more like Brian Lambert the Visual Communication student further down in my post.

 

 

CLOSE-KNIT BY BRIAN LAMBERT

Well observed everyday life by Brian Lambert turned into a humorous documentary with a story to follow. This concept could easily make an interesting window display as there are a few intriguing characters in it. The viewers could easily build up the rest of the story in their heads … if they wanted to. It is engaging and that is why it works so well.

I have the feeling Brian Lambert may have been one of those students that interpreted the brief his own way. By keeping detached from it he allowed himself to keep an open mind, therefore, the inspiration found him in the Starbucks Coffee and not the other way around.

I wish that students of Visual Merchandising had a chance to come up with a similar concept.

 

Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin

 


VISUAL COMMUNICATION, PHOTOGRAPHY & FINE ART

 

Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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