This South African male model was born on 16 August 1998 and was seen by a model agency at a music festival just after he graduated from University of Cape Town. One month later he was in Germany doing international fashion work. He has been to 11 different cities to model like Paris, Milan, and New York.
“Do what makes you happy and you will never work a day in your life” Zack Hartwanger
YouTube Video Watched:
A day with model and property broker Zack Hartwanger | Top Billing
I studied a lot of denim the last two months or so. I understand and work with the fabric. I brought myself a walking foot to work on the denim fabric because it is very thick. I must say I like the denim, I even look at recycling denim. I could not find very need for a second had jeans, I felt that people won’t be that eager to buy them.
I look and Alexander McQueen as a fashion designer and Google says it is a designer you need to learn and know of. I found these beautiful denim outfits for women from McQueen. What I like firstly are the decorations which are colorful on the denim dress. I like busy designs, especially on fabric. That makes it interesting and you feel you can easily get all the attention you need with something which makes a statement.
Alexander McQueen is a fashion designer from the UK, he is known for his rebellion and shocking styles. He is know for his low rise jeans also called low cut jeans. Sadly he passed away in 2010. He took his own life after his mother’s death and he was only 40 years old.
When I went to study at the University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993 one of my subjects was costume design. or just known as costumes. I will never forget I had this booklet that I get to learn about The History of Costumes. That I failed two times, and it took me years to understand how to learn that subject, nothing made sense because the booklet was poorly written by the author which was our head of department Zuanda Badenhorst.
I did not complete my studies in 1994 and after that, I went and work for my parent’s company Info Art which was an advertising company. I worked there for a year and four months when I got the work at Pretoria Badge where I design medals. It was a manufacturing company.
When my car was paid off and my brother finished as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Pretoria, I decided I am going to quit my job and go and get my diploma.
Almost 8 years after I left the University I think about every day how to learn that subject. I remember when I left the University in 1994 I could not wait to through that booklet away. The day when I got the same booklet 8 years back I know how to learn it. Every day when I went for a smoke break at home, I took the booklet with me and just start reading it. After three months I got a distinction of 83%. I said that day to myself I will never have to do that again, and went and specialize in décor and make-up which I hate.
A lot of times I think about how it would be to study fashion or in my course costumes. I am glad that I never study it because it is a very expensive course with all the fabrics which you need to make garments. If I got the money I would specialize in it. But that never happen and will not make a difference now, I know that I am inventing and reinventing myself and getting a new direction with my art and design now.
The booklet contains the old history of the Romans, and that is what I want to discuss. It is a bit historical and maybe boring, but still, you can learn from it. It stays interesting to see how designers today still use that garment at the fashion shows, and you need to know it is one thing in fashion you have to know. I remember that because I had so many difficulties studying it.
You got those days a lot of counties wore the tunic, one was the German tunic which the Germans wears and then also never forget the Greeks. I am going to discuss the Roman tunic.
The tunic was worn by men and women and the children. It was what they wore those days. It was a garment that was sewed together on the sides and there was an opening on top for the hands to go through.
Most of the tunics which were worn by the workers were just above the knee and the color was mainly grey and white.
Youtube Video Watched:
How to make a Roman/Greek tunic
Mostly on formal occasions, a toga was worn over the tunic.
Youtube Video Watched:
How to wear a Toga – Dr Mary Harlow – University of Leicester
If you had a high status in the society like if you were a Roman Senator, you would have a tunic that had color and it was very decorative.
This is the type of tunic women wear in the Roman period.
Yes, pink. I hate pink, I never use pink, but I am going to the bushveld and wearing the brightest pink I can have to hunt a lion, not to get killed by the lion or enemy.
When you think of hunting, you need to think about what you are going to wear. The Lion mustn’t see you, otherwise, it can be you who is going to get killed or eaten up by a lion. So the best for you as a hunter will be to have a choice, you can stay out of the way of the lion and go hunt rabbits or camouflage yourself so that the lion gets killed before he kills you. Dress in pink to catch a lion would I think will be the perfect topic for today.
I was laying in bed at 3:40 AM and got the idea of what is 3D, can I use 3D in clothing? Yes, I can, you can take any t-shirt and through pink sponges in it and you can build that shirt up so that it can look like a human body. Any dress you create is 3D. Today what is the trend in any form of art or the buzz word? 3D! You can come up with a 3D concept and you have the business.
Let’s go back in time when you were a child, your bedtime story, Hansel and Gretel. They went to this witch in the forest with this beautiful house which is built out of sweets. A child’s dream to eat from that sweety house. If you look at that house it is 3D and it will be possible to eat hours from that house.
Hansel and Gretel story for children | Bedtime Stories and Fairy Tales for Kids – YouTube Video
I am busy making a teepee tent, which will be a toddler tent for basically most of the time for in-house playroom use. I am thinking to make the main theme camouflage.
camouflage can exist anywhere in the bushes, forest or wood, it depends where you are. In areas where there is ice you also can have white black camouflage if I am going to wear my Dior pink dress, I will most probably wear it when I am in a field of flowers.
The story of Hansel and Gretel is nice, they walk in the forest and see that colorful house. I don’t think the witch meant to camouflage the house because what she wanted is to attract the attention of the children so she can catch them. So this house of her full of sweets stands out in that forest and no child would resist going not to eat from that house.
I was thinking to use camouflage fabrics and then put animals on the fabric which will then be 3D and covering the teepee poles with that. So the tent will be a 3D tent with 3D animals which hangs onto the tent. To make the tent more interesting and then make the sides a puzzle where the kids can place the animals on the sides on the correct panel. To make soft toys for the tent will also be toys for the child to play in and outside the tent.
The toys will hang on the walls of the tent, something like the images below but in a puzzel form.
I was thinking to use this kind of toys to put on the side panels of the tent. These toys can be taken off if you stick them together with velcro.
This is my hand drawing in my portfolio. This design gives you an idea what my thoughts are around this teepee tent.
This is an idea that I got from the net, something like this can also work.
When you start to design, it helps to think, dream, get ideas, and look around. It is time-consuming, but it is very important to write everything down. That is what my mother always tells me, Pieter writes it down, gets a book, and make notes and sketches.
Today I did not only look at a wedding dress to go and hunt for a lion but I also look for a tent to camouflage and live in the forest to protect myself, with my Dior wedding dress from the lions.
It is 3:33 AM on a Monday, I woke up and can’t sleep. I started last night to cut out my second teepee tent and am now busy sewing the pieces together, It is 5 pieces that I already overlock. I was supposed to overlock it together and then stitch it, but I got a bit confused, so I do now double work.
Supermodel, Bella Hadid wears this vintage Dior gown from 1959 to the Prince’s Trust Gala in New York. This satin gown was designed by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior. For the red carpet, the vintage style is always appealing. Vintage wear is very scary because it is discontinued, and if you wear this now it can express your unique style.
This year South Africa Fashion Week shows the best, it is easily seen as international standard. It have style, elegance and the use of fabric is brilliant.
I got so many ideas and while looking “Making the Cut” I see so much input of so many designers, that you just get ideas and need to process it first. Sometimes I get very frustrated because I don’t know where to start. I think I must get infront of the sewing machine and start working.
If I do my blog I think, and do research and get ideas. It is important to have me time, I take this as me time, writing my blog. I love writing, that is something I always wanted to do. It gives you different freedom as designing.
“I believe that if you don’t like black you don’t work with black then you work with green, a color you like.”
I think what I need to do first is to decide what I am want to do and where I must go with my designs. What is my brand, what is my identity and what do I do good. I believe that if you don’t like black you don’t work with black then you work with green, a color you like.