March 08, 2013
Models in a DFP

Final stages are here: the Degree Final Project (DFP). All the effort made and the learning acquired along the four years of the degree must be expressed in this last stage, but it is not easy. DFP is a long process, which goes from a first intuition or idea to its materialization in a product, fashion, interiors, graphic or audiovisual design. For this reason, it is important to be based on models that help us to carry out this intuition and to take out conclusions in the shape of products, garments, videos… These models have to attract our attention in any way; because it is always more enjoyable to work from a subject that attracts us than about something trivial or banal. And they can be of any type: artistic and cultural (like in my project), but also social, literary, film… In this way, DFP is a process of own reflection about something that worries us, is important to us, attracts us or we think is interesting; and models are the basis on which is based this process. In this case, I will explain a fashion DFP, because this is my speciality. My project, "In a Technical Dream…", starts from the relationship between the garment and the human body, and that is why I focused on freedom and clothes concepts. To deal with them I looked for all types of models and finally I chose the work of the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude, as well as the Japanese culture. I thought it was an interesting fusion because both the work of the artists and the cultural manifestations of the Japanese country joined both ideas. After examining these models, I analysed the possible movements that we can carry out with our anatomy to better understand this existing relationship between the textile thing and the human thing (garment and body) and to complete in this way my reflection. My project’s name comes from the feeling described by those who have seen some work of the mentioned artists, in which the highest engineering is joined to an incredible ability to recall fantasies. For this reason, the qualities both technical and oneiric are very important in my approach. Regarding translation of these models into products (garments), the work of the artists made me consider the idea of working with technical details, which resulted in pattern designing. The relationship between the garment and the body involves a study of the space that both share, therefore pattern designing became one of the cores of my project. In addition, linking what it has been mentioned with Japanese culture, the type of pattern designing was defined by geometry and simplicity, paying special attention to small details and fabrics big surfaces. The same way, chosen colours are a mixture of the two fields, because the technical nature of the work of the artists guided me towards metallic tones and technical fabrics; and, in addition, neutrality of Japanese thinking regarding colour, joined to an attempt to integrate garments with body, made me complete the colour chart with pale tones and close to human skin. For this reason, both colour and technical fabrics are distinctive signs of my project. This integration idea made me joining different fabrics with the objective of creating new qualities for these fabrics, besides a series of games of visual seduction from textile material: hiding, texture, drape, colour… These fusions will finish becoming fundamental for me and most of this project will fall on them. Finally I would like to add that Japanese fashion was useful to me for defining the details that I wanted to give to my garments (collars, volumes, finishes…) as well as a series of resources for its manufacturing (pleat, knot and keel) that helped me to create this feeling of technical dream pursued all along my DFP. As it can be seen, models are the key to aim a project at one direction or another, that is way the necessary time must be taken to define them, both theoretically and visually. Along these lines the procedure of a fashion project is explained, but is perfectly comparable to any other discipline, because all projects start or are based on some model. The most important is to find it and to enjoy with the personal reflection on it. This article is aimed at people about to start their degree final project, but also at those who have started the degree and want to know how it would finish. Cristina Real Domínguez 8.03.2013