Inspiration is the base for design. While studying design, we face a lot of challenges & assignments, where you are asked to take an inspiration & design accordingly. The task that remains then is taking a good inspiration (which you essentially like ) & then interpreting it accordingly, while keeping the essence of the original idea & adding your own taste & design sense to it. The right blend of the above two shall give a fulfilling result !
Let's take an example:
You are given to design a collection, taking Queen Elisabeth I as your inspiration.
Now, first study who Elisabeth I was & what was it that she was known for.
Elizabeth I, one of England’s most influential queen, in all aspects be it her personal life, politics or fashion. Elizabeth was known for her opulent clothing. So much that in many of her portraits we hardly see the fabrics in her gowns for all the jewels, embroidery & decoration applied.
Then, note down the essential elements in her clothing that define & categorize her clothing.
Some of the features that we see in her gowns (gowns, because in all her portraits we see her wearing gowns) are:
- Sleeves- Full balloon sleeves or flared sleeves.
- Fitted waist. Mostly in a V-line.
- Flaring & Volume below the waist.
- Ruffs & Laces around the neck & sleeve ends.
In a quick observation, one can make out that Elizabethan clothing is about showing off the riches. With high usage of rich, embroidered fabrics, intricate laces, velvets & fancy linings.