Sunday, January 15, 2012

"Fashion is a passion for the with-it and hip..."

All dressed up and nowhere to go.

I recently discovered of the work of London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou when I was thumbing through an old(ish) copy of Vogue. I love the extreme colors and prints in her collections, which she designs in Photoshop and prints digitally onto the fabric. The example above is not so extreme (compared to the rest of her body of work), but the whole inspiration for posting about fashion or Katrantzou at all arose because the above florals remind me of my blog wallpaper, and I thought it would make for a nice juxtaposition :) The look is from her Fall 2011 RTW collection, click on the caption to check it out in its entirety.

And really, I can't get enough:

So while I can't afford Katrantzou or anything else that I see in Vogue, in my new profession I can still have fun with fashion in ways that many people can't get away with. For example, I purchased these about a month ago:

Please just call me "Ms. Frizzle" from now on. No really, I insist.

Could there be a more perfect shoe for an elementary art teacher?

If you know me, you know that I am shoe-obsessed. When these came back in stock at Modcloth, I could not resist. It's a sickness.

 They remind me of a unit I taught to eighth graders during student teaching, called Ordinarily Extraordinary Attire: Transforming Everyday Objects into Outrageous Fashion. I made thirty cards with everyday objects, themes, or products on them: a pair of scissors, a basketball, Reese's Pieces, etc. Students blindly selected a card from the deck and became budding fashion designers. I plan on tweaking the unit for my fifth graders this year.

Prototype: Airmail envelope.
Traffic light.
Stop sign.


  1. I am SO jealous of your shoes! And I love Ms.Frizzle. I want to go as her for Halloween some year, I just have to find a dress to alter first. That lesson sounds really interesting!

    1. Aren't they the best thing ever?! Only problem is that they pinch a little, so I've only worn them once. Ms. Frizzle is the greatest, what a good Halloween costume idea! May you find the dress sooner than later :)

  2. I was just reading a used art book from the early 80's I picked up (I'm open to art ideas from everywhere!) and one of the ideas was having your students design a dress or skirt for the teacher. The author suggested using a simple skirt pattern and using muslin or something. Then dividing the skirt into sections and having the children draw on a bit. I guess it could be VERY doable! it has me thinking. Maybe good for a modern-art lesson....Love the ideas--keep them coming! Mrs. P (