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The final project of the second year is done!

Magazine-style presentation of a collection based on a film inspiration with mandatory use of stripes in the garments / fabrics.

Here is a snapshot of the collection folder, based on my inspiration by The Painted Veil:

…and the end result – on me 🙂

I have created the stripes on the #denim fabric myself by pulling out different numbers and lengths of threads. I then knotted these together and knitted the collar with it – #zerowaste

End of Second Year Exam here I come!



The Optical Project

The task for our new collection was finding inspiration in op-art – and mix square silhouettes with round prints and vice versa. To develop shapes from draping with sure or round pieces of fabric and then develop prints and manipulations from artists of that movement.


Here are my results:

Optical Project Collection
Optical Project Collection
















Le Theatre Dior


I visited ‘Le Theatre Dior’ on Tuesday at The Dubai Mall, a showcase which truly celebrates the spirit of Dior’s love for living life in style.

It is a testament to the legacy of the legendary designer, who once said, “The couturier is a magician who wants to make every woman a princess.”

‘Le Theatre Dior’ is a travelling exhibition with over 60 most intricate, beautiful handmade miniature versions of designs from the archives of this French design house are on display.

Designs by Christian Dior himself as well those designed by Dior’s other creative directors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, and Raf Simons are on display.

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We had the honour of being shown around by the regional training manager, Ronda Yasin – who is a true inspiration and the best representation for the House.

Afterwards we even had an in-depth show around of the boutique with the store manager and CRM managers and a very personal Q&Q.


The Artist’s Project

To create a new collection, made from 100% wool, I was inspired by the Artist Alberto Giacometti, a Swiss Surrealist and Existantialist from the 20th Century. His textures and mood of his drawings and sculptures inspired me for textures and shapes of a 10 look collection.

Giacometti – the moodboard that inspired the collection










Giacometti Collection
Giacometti Collection

From this collection, the task is to make 1 look into reality!

Giacometti Collection
Giacometti Collection
Giacometti Collection Look to be realised
Giacometti Collection Look to be realised

















After selection with the advice of my professors – this is the result – a fully lined inspired wool jacket and draped trousers – super-soft and comfortable, with creative hand-dyed lining.



Super-happy with the result – so is my teacher!

Model in Personal Wool Outfit
Mon professeur Emma 🙂










My creation has made it to the front door of the school! 🙂

The Mascot Project

Here is a sneak peak of what I do all day in Uni – my last Fashion Design Project, called The Mascot. Task was to bring one object that represents you and turn it into a 10-look collection. With a few steps in-between…..

From this:

to this:

to this:

Fashion Show Coat
Illustration for Fashion Show 06/15












and to this work in progress for the ESMOD Dubai Fashion show on the 15th June:

The final garment on the runway will follow.




Meet D3

THIS was amazing – bravo Dubai!

I have attended the event “meet D3” for the last 3 days, which was a celebration of creativity and life in Dubai. The new Dubai Design District has been launched to the public with art, design, fashion, music, food and fun.

Honestly, one of the best events in Dubai I have ever been to in my long life here….

Here is what the website has to say:

“In celebration of Dubai’s rich array of creative talent, Dubai Design District (d3) is hosting a three day open to the public community event. “Meet d3”, has been specifically commissioned and curated to feature a compelling mix of local, regional and international designers, artists, musicians, concept retailers and unique dining experiences.

d3 is the realisation His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid’s ambition to establish a dedicated home for design in Dubai. It is playing a key role in bringing to life His Highness’ vision to drive an innovation-led economy that welcomes creativity in all its forms. With over 200 licenses issued, d3 has secured an impressive mix of design, retail, fashion companies, both regional and local. This includes some of the region’s most well-respected brands such as the Chalhoub Group and Jumeirah Group, through to talented emerging designers. “Meet d3” community event will showcase some exciting local and regional designers work for the public to enjoy.”

So, I have been working with NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) is the world’s leading designer platform for showcasing and nurturing today’s pioneers in contemporary fashion.


What a great initiative to break the old of how the fashion industry works! Stefan Siegel and his team are visionaries in creativity and sustainability.

Check out the cool website:




And here are some impressions from the fun and enriching 3 days:

…and then there were these:











Love, CJx

Leather World Middle East

Leatherworld Middle East

The Middle East’s premier trade show dedicated to the leather industry is coming to Dubai. The first trade show in the Middle East dedicated to the leather industry will bring together leather manufacturers, suppliers and fashion brands from Europe, Asia and the Middle East, all in one place. The exhibition is set to take place from 4 – 6 May, 2015 in Dubai.

Exhibitors from 22 countries will present a comprehensive array of leather, machinery and leather goods for professionals in the wholesale trade, interior design, fashion and retail trade industries.

And we have been asked to design a collection with 4 given hides – how exciting!!! And challenging….

Here are my entries:


So fingers crossed one of my designs gets picked – I will have to physically make it! 🙂


Art Week Dubai

Always searching for inspiration, I am looking forward to Art Dubai, SIKKA Art Fair and all surrounding events every March. Ever expanding, the events around the Art Week are an awesome array of regional creativity expanding around the world.

Here are some of my favourite pieces:


…and some say Dubai has no culture to offer!




Believe it or not – it has been a year since I made the Leap of Fashion and I am working on making my dream come true!

I have just finished my first year Exams and am now starting year 2.

Exams were great, it is hard because you cannot study for it, only apply what you have learned. So it is a bit like jumping into the deep end – with blinds over your eyes: you’re going to drown miserably or start swimming naturally like a Dolphin.

Here are 2 patterns I have developed for my Fashion Design Exam with the theme: COCOON (which is one of 3 themes you could choose to design your 4 look collection and develop a collection presentation):

developed from a cocoon
developed from a cocoon
Developed from a butterfly's wing
Developed from a butterfly’s wing















I have been successful with my exam collection, because it divided the grading teachers so they told me 🙂 – that means it is definitely not boring!

I will share more in due course.

Until then, CJx