This is a 3D fashion show created in Marvelous Designer 7, and edited in After Effects (I switched to Premier Pro).
I was inspired by the 50’s, unrequited love and yellow flowers (tabebuia), love and heartbreak. I created all the designs and prints myself (the only exceptions are the rainbow butterfly, suiting, and poodle). I decided the environment would be within a labyrinth, symbolizing not only springtime and life, but the maze that both love and the 50’s can create in one’s heart and mind- love and heartbreak can leave one feeling lost, trapped, curious and adventurous, while the 50’s were a time of great limitations for women, different ethnic groups.
The Palette and Prints:
Butterflies and Moths translated into literal and abstract prints, with some pattern pieces and garments mirroring the shapes of the wings, as well as appliques. When I created the men’s caftan in real life, ironically, the pattern piece for the leather yoke was the shape of a butterfly and still evokes a harness inspiration. A heart shape creates the train and front of the skirt on one of the bridal gowns.
Yellow has always symbolized, as has Tabebuia, unrequited love, and heartbreak, thus I centered the collection around them. I chose to embody the different styles that came out of the fifties, the sock hoppers, greasers, beatniks and the glamour evoked by old Hollywood.
I used Marvelous Designer 7, and previously used Marvelous Designer 5 for my first 3D Fashion Show. The software allows you to create patterns, sew them together, and view them on a 3D avatar- it is thus both 2D and 3D. The UI has improved within the newer versions, 6-7, allowing for buttons and buttonholes, and flattening of 3D lines drawn onto the avatar. I found the speed to improve greatly in the newest version, but that the included “hardware” is not functional- thus any hardware I’ve used I had to create, as well as the sunglasses.