China Blu

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 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.




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




Thank you Universe

Be careful what you wish for!

Yesterday I wrote about thinking of becoming serious about illustration – today: my first opportunity!

So happy! Stay tuned 🙂


#BCBG #fashionillustration
#BCBG #fashionillustration


Exactly one year ago, I have made the leap of faith – my Leap of Fashion! Lots has happened, much has been learned.

I am beginning to think that Illustrations may be a way forward for me and I’d like to share a few I have produced this year, getting better by the day. More to follow.

What do you think? 😉