Thursday, May 22, 2014

Disney Maleficent Hub

Hello! Evidently, I haven't been posting. I've been quite busy with revision - my exams finished last Friday - but the main reason for my absence has been that I am one of the 'key ambassadors' of the official tumblr microsite for Disney's upcoming film release 'Maleficent'!! It has all been confidential until now but I've been working on stuff for it for maybe two months. I'll probably be producing 3 pieces of content a week there for about 6 weeks, in the styles of the two main characters of the film, Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, and Aurora, played by Elle Fanning. I'll crosslink some of the stuff I put there on here and I have about 3 other outfit posts (photos from the last couple of months) written and two others that I need to do within the next couple of days so I'll be back to at least weekly posting either way. 

My first two pieces are up here and here so do go over to the hub and have a look around - there's a few other bloggers doing similar stuff as well. The trailer for the film is below - although I'm sure you've seen it already as it seems to be everywhere! The scale of the production seems mammoth and I watch every film of Elle Fanning's/every Disney film anyway so it definitely looks worth seeing!

Below is a collage of high street/designer garments from one of my first pieces for the hub - based on feathers akin to those of Maleficent's wings in the film. I loved the Alexander Mcqueen collection as a whole anyway (as always) but the red in the (Alexander Mcqueen) leggings and top added here tie in with the same kind of red accent you get from Maleficent's lipstick.

 The layered, textured, red/black/monochrome theme of the moodboard also reminded me of one of my textiles products from this year - photos of which are below, mainly because they match colour-wise and make this post longer yet tenuously cohesive.

Text from a post I wrote back in April:

When I was brainstorming for my second and third textiles projects of the year back in March, I became obsessed by the idea of texture and juxtaposition (I basically took my somewhat dormant (following my black clothes only clothes detox) obsession with matched clothes to the nth degree). I looked for examples of clothes with this essence to help form a moodboard for the projects and  found Junya Watanabe/Wild and Lethal Trash on Tumblr once having scoured various late 90s/early 2000s fashion blogs. I also looked to Bjork.

 By coincidence, I also discovered the second skin video series by styleliku around the same time - I had seen snippets of it from their instagram posts for weeks before and had always been intrigued but always managed to forget to pursue it, until I saw Arabelle Sicardi's when she posted it on her blog. I watched all of them within 24 hours and found an obsession in Lindsey Degen. I hugely recommend watching all of the videos in the series though!

For my third project I looked more in detail at knitwear designers (still texture oriented) such as Clare Tough and Katie Jones. I attempted crocheting some samples for my folder and just about managed but I really want to learn properly how to knit.

Katie Jones

Clare Tough

I'm wearing my finished second project skirt (the other two turned out very ugly/unwearable) below.

Stripe polo neck - vintage, Clobber, £7
Mesh black tshirt - vintage, eBay, £16
Docs - vintage, eBay, £20 ish
15 denier tights

This was about a month ago and since here I've tried my best to work on not looking so disgusting/stiff/awkward!! I've also had my hair cut and my roots done.

Photos of the skirt in the textiles rooms at school (used for lack of a better space) which were just generic ones for my folder. But I happened to be wearing a co-ordinating red shirt that day so they kind of work as outfit pictures too.

- Hollie


  1. that skirt is SO COOL ... I want to learn to knit as well but I just haven't had the time! I wish I was doing A Level textiles...I did the gcse but they don't offer it any further at my school :( I am literally doing all textile-based artwork though so I guess I'm not really missing out. I love the whole outfit too <3

  2. When I first saw the post you wrote after this one, I immediately thought of McQueen, turns out I hit the nail on the head. Your recent outfits have this personal, designer vibe to them. Perfect in their grunginess. It's surprising and inspiring.