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Guernica by vivalalixi Guernica by vivalalixi
"Guernica wouldn’t have its continuing political relevance if it didn’t somehow manage to wrench the material reality of suffering out of that black and white virtual world"
~The Punch


this fashion plate is actually my final presentation for my visual and communications and design subject. for those of you who have me on FB, this(and a building model) has been the cause of all the stress induced statuses you got for the last couple of days. idid say my previous submission would be my last for a while, i guess i'll shift it to this. and this is actually school work *pouts*

so in this folio work, we were asked to make a design brief for a client. i chose to do a concept presentation board for a special A/W collection for Balenciaga. it was for this pretend charity event for war-torn countries. the collection had to be inspired by "Guernica", well i suppose it was appropriate. why, you ask? [link] <--- read. though i'm pretty sure most of you guys know what it's about.

as to why balenciaga? well, we were allowed to use established companies as our make believe clients or we could make my own company. i honestly couldn't be bothered making my own. and well, he was the only spanish designer i knew. AND I AM OBSESSED WITH ANYTHING SPANISH THESE DAYS I SHOULD, LIKE, MOVE ON ALREADY.

even before i was given the second folio work i've always wanted to do a collection based on Picasso's "Guernica" and the event it portrayed. i think that, the bombing was heartbreaking and unjustifiable; and that even till this day it exists. what i mean by that is that, everything the painting stands for, i find, is still relevant today. somehow.

but it doesn't matter what i think, i am only a teenager and my opinions are insubstantial.

with that said i would like to thank EVERYONE who helped me out here: [link]
with special mention to : ~varebanos, ~soaringbubblegum, ~doodle-book cuz you guys are awesome, and patient enough to explain this to me. i knew 0 shit about this topic had it not been for them.

i don't want to upset anybody by posting this. and i hope i don't get in trouble by using the actual painting as a pattern for the cloth.

1. skull- i started it out with one of Balenciaga's coccoon coat's silhoutte's then as i experimented with it i got this skull like shape. i then realized that if i made the sleeves puffy enough it could be the sockets. and voila. the pattern in the front is lifted directly off the painting. i would go on about which elements of the painting i used from the pattern but i don't want to drain your lives. the back view, it looks like a skull, front view, sleeves are the sockets. fun fact: there are two hidden skulls in the actual painting!!

2. kimono- inspired from one of the kimono drapes balenciaga did. and also from one of his evening dresses. YES, newspaper print for the chiffon overlay. the newspaper print used in the painting reflects how Picasso learned of the massacre. possibly from George Steer's article.

3. babydoll- inspired from one of Balenciaga's baby doll dresses.

4. the bull- bulky and prominent, but mourning. actually i have used the speared horse a lot in the pattern for the previous pieces. they have this sort of odd relationship those two.

as for the colour scheme predominantly black and white staying faithful to that of the original painting, a dash of dried blood red in the first piece's roses. oh got the inspiration from the little girl and her red coat in Schindler's List. the movie was in B/W and she was the only one in colour.

big big big thank you to my Mum who pressured me to finish this last sunday, otherwise i would have procrastinated again. and for helping me cut and paste crap on my folio and for feeding me yummy food. i would not survive a day without her. I LOVE YOU MOMSY!!! <3 I KNOW YOU STALK MY DA.

pretty nervous as well, idk how you guys will recieve this. i have no fandom to fall back on, i'm not stupid. i know the reason why i get attention for my other designs are cuz of Hetalia. but i will love this plate above all the rest, more than anything i have made so far. and i hope it's enough to get me into the school i want, provided RMIT grants me an interview first >w<". and well, i am really depressed about the lack of fashion design scholarships out there. but then again, i still do find it impractical at times. no, most of the time. and vain. doesn't mean i love it any less.

with that said, i think i may have finished my lengthy litany about this deviation. i might re-do or add stuff to this collection. i had two focuses, both the painting and Balenciaga when i did this, so i was pretty constrained as i had to always refer back to his designs, did not stop me from using Mcqueen in almost all of them though. I APOLOGIZE ITS SO LONG AND POINTLESS AND OVERLY DRAMATIC. sugar high has not gone out my system yet.
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Given 2011-10-16
Guernica by =viva-la-lixi ( Suggested by Sasha-Sirozh and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
RavenSpiderwick Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Saw this today and immediately thought of you and this collection specifically.

vivalalixi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WOAHHHHH that's gorgeous. i'm not familiar with the designer thanks for sharing!
Aqureshi1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I love them all! But the bull is my favorite!
vivalalixi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
haha thanks!
julipegas Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
This is so strong, just like the painting. :)
vivalalixi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
themorningtrain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is sooo incredible. I've never watched/read Hetalia, so I just see clothes when I look at stuff. I think this is some of your best work yet. Keep on it!
vivalalixi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you!!
RoninAway Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this! The designs are so inventive and creative! I want them all xD
vivalalixi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww thank you!!
RoninAway Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Anytime, o genious one! :D
18Queens Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What you do is just mind blowing :faint:
Livingdeadguy Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
im feeling the "newsprint lace"
vivalalixi Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice one. I was thinking more of newsprint organza though.
reecekikluvloot Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
I cannot even express how awesome this is and how much I wish I can wear those pieces!!!! amazing work!!
vivalalixi Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aww thank you!!! <3
wolfpacksgurl Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Writer
i don't think I've ever seen something so magnificent!
vivalalixi Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ohh... thanks >///<
Automatous Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything in your gallery is just breath-taking, especially this one. I love the skull-shaped hood and the one skull-like shoe.
vivalalixi Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!
LuceroSosa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much to say... The skull on the shoe desing and the Guernica is amazing. The diferents aspects of the picture taht mesures the war and the destriction. And the fashion concept that talks about the beauty of the paint... An amazing piece.
vivalalixi Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks so much!
Jsid Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
This is amazing
ahmad005 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: :star::star::star::star::star: Great Artwork, love your work :blowkiss: lixi

sumpah keren puoooooolll...
FaithRarefaction Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply Gorgeous !
Jiana1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
This is one of the most amazing sketches I've ever seen.
oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   Artist
Murder-at-the-diner Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
i love the first design, the huge hidden skull on her back gets me <3
Ink-Fugi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, all your fashion designs are just... Wow! Simply beautiful to sum it up! Not to mention creative!
I first found you from a Nyotalia Spain design, similar to a matador and a bull design in one! That was amazing!
I'm glad I found you, I'll be sure to add you to my watch!
camisicado Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
all your work is so incredibly thoughtful and impressive. You're one of the artists I genuinely enjoy looking at new artwork from.
HoneyTwist Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowzah. This is so beautiful and lovely and divine. I really like the color, the air about it. This is really good work. Bravo Viva-la-lixi! <3
VELdargONE Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student
this is beautiful really. I am so amazed with the design and I believe you can be a successful fashion designer one day :D

I love how you put all the Picasso's painting on the clothes. simply fascinating!

anyway, if I may know, are you going to university?
vivalalixi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much :)

well, i'm approaching my last year of high school. final exams are coming next week actually procrastinating now. sigh.
August20 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
very nice writing..paint + +4 4+ 4 ...
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
bchamp2 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome! exceptional!!!!!
icevii Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011   Digital Artist
i really love the design. it is so unique. great work.
trickybloodrose Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is really really really awesome ;u;
The design of the dresses are so unique and so.. off, yet perfect and gorgeous, it's so hard to explain xD
I really love your drawing style too, you're amazing o3o <3
Trast Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Gorgeous work.
Iamee Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student
Your designs are absolutely stunning!
bleedman-fan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
These are so inspiring and amazing, I can't even put together a proper comment to tell you how much I love these designs.
ramikin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is AMAZING. :D
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Great designs.
Each one has it's own specialty, and they are very original.
Absolute amazing work
SerpentScorch Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, great job! I've seen the actual painting, and I have to say, you did an amazing job of capturing it :)
deikary Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
me gusto mucho esta muy genial tu trabajoĦĦĦ
Paingu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
absolutely beautiful. These designs are gorgeous.
quartzbunny Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooo Gorgeous!
Blizgancioji Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
breathtaking. O.O
GingerFoxy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional
I don't really understand fashion designs, but I'm loving the babydoll. Especially the back.
mizuaaeaaea Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Lady Gaga should wear this! she would love it!
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