This is basically the same post as is in my fashion design portfolio blog, BECAUSE this is a capsule wardrobe for travel concept.
For this project I chose to design a collection that could transition from a work related trip, to a vacation. My target customer might need to attend a business seminar during the day, and go out for a social event in the evening, or may have a day to "play tourist" in between meetings.
This is not entirely hypothetical, as my parents often combined vacations with work related seminars or overseas work related trips, and luggage space was always at a premium!
In addition: Many tourists destinations have specific dress codes, such as the Cathedrals and places of interest in Europe which often required sleeves or a more modest look.
When I was traveling Europe as a teen, many of my fellow tourists who dressed for long walks and crowded bus rides could not enter some of the tourist destinations! Having a scarf or two packed in my luggage (as well as a multi purpose wrap) meant that i was able to go from walking around comfort to Cathedral tours.
Of course for even a pure vacation, the idea is to pack with space to bring home souvenirs.... expanding totes, and a mix and match packable wardrobe make that possible.
This was a "digital only" collection, which means I did not have to sew the sample garments. I did all the same research I would normally do, and was required to improve my photo shop and illustrator skills for this class.
So, this capsule had to be:
- Modest enough to handle tourism (and business meetings) in a variety of cultures
- Dressy enough to go to events (but suitable for business events)
- Professional enough to handle a board meeting by Skype at least
- Casual enough to be able to relax and have fun in...
while all fitting into the luggage for a plane or cruise ship.
|line sheet page 1|
|line sheet page 2|
of course you need a purse:
|Accessory Design Sketch and Line Sheet|
I combined them.
This was my first class to require we design an accessory. I had MADE them before, of course, but illustrating them properly was new to me.
The dressy clutch unzips into a tote bag for shopping to night on the town convenience, and has multiple possibilities to make it unique, like different straps, and decorative tassels.
and that leopard print and roses fabric? Its a scarf panel. I live in hopes of finding (or making) it in yardage someday....
In keeping with the idea that this collection has to be able to work for an extended trip, Everything in this collection is washable. Except the items that have the sheer embellished overlay , everything is machine wash warm, tumble dry low or lie flat. The Italian sheer embellished items are hand washable.
so if you were building your capsule from this collection, you would first consider where you were going and HOW MUCH time you will be spending at which type of activity.
how much "business" how much "party" how much "semi casual walking around"?
because if you will be needing mostly dressier clothing your packing list will be very different than if you are MOSTLY going to be walking around doing tourism.
you can pack for both from this collection, but you would pack differently.