September is almost gone and modeling companies haven’t yet got back to me. I contacted a quite a few models and i’ve had some response, but not a stable one. will see how this develops itself as i need much more primary info to start writing some parts of my dissertation!During the month of July/August:For my research i also contacted IPPR(institute of public policy) – Tim Finch-Director of Strategic Communications and Head of Migration, Equalities and Citizenship and also i contacted the office of statistics.. to gather more information on immigrants that come to the UK and how the situation changes through the years and how politics effect this and also to have an idea on who’s living in london mostly. Mr.Tim Finch, contacted me right away and gave me links to where i should be getting statistics and other published information which was great.
I took a look at who actually shapes london fashion week.. no doubt the designers have the biggest input in what or where they get their inspiration from,however where they’re from makes a big difference to what they bring to the table.
Antonio beardi – Italian
Giles deacon –british
Charles anastase – French/Armenian
Burberry – british
Christopher kane – Scottish
Duro olowu – Nigerian
Emilio de l amorena – Spanish
Hannah marshall – british
House of Holland-engish
Michael van der ham-dutch
Pringle of Scotland-scottish
Sass and bide-british/irish
In early july i also went to Florence,Italy to attend the very famous Pitti Filati fair that is held every year. It was great and contained amazing work,also got to see how many people from around the world mix together for such an event.
It was a good decision to go, because it gives me a wider perspective of the people that are in fashion, therefore not only considering the models and designers, but also the people that produce and manufacture … where they’re coming from and what they look into.
I Also started going to the British library in search of good book sources to find out more about my chosen subject. Some of the books contained theories, essays and also articles from people in the education system around the world.
These are the books i’ve looked at so far:
SHADES OF DIFFERENCE – maxine craig, evelyn nakano
AIN’T I A BEAUTY QUEEN – maxine craig
ETHNICITY,IDENTITY AND PUBLIC POLICY – david bromell
WHITE BACKLASH AND THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM – roger hewitt
THE MULTICULTURALISM BACKLASH – steven vertovec , susanne wessendorf
THE DYNAMICS OF ETHNIC SUCCESSION – working papers
THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM:RACE AND RACISM IN CONTEMPORARY BRITAIN – ben pitcher
BEYOND COMFORT ZONES IN MULTICULTURALISM:CONFRONTING THE POLITICS OF PRIVILEGE – sandra jackson , jose solis
I’ve collected quite a bit of information from these books… however i will continue to look into more, as i feel i still need to gather more knowledge to be able to start writing my dissertation.
In June i’ve decided to visit as many exhibitions as possible for the sake of hope. Maybe meet new people and share opinions… this also helps in terms of art and design in history and the people that were in it.
So, here’s the list of exhibitions that i visited during the month of June:
GRADUATE FASHION WEEK – earls court
JOHN BOCK – curve gallery
SURREAL HOUSE – barbican art gallery
HANDMADE – fortnum and mason
RAPE OF AFRICA DAVID LA CHAPELLE – robilant and voena
THE INDIAN PORTRAITS – national portrait gallery
ALEX KATZ – national portrait gallery
BRIDGET RILEY PORTRAITS – national portrait gallery
MARTIN MARGIELA – somerset house
ENCHANTED PALACE – kensington palace
I found most of them very interesting in various ways, didn’t exactly meet people and had good conversations, however i did share opinions about my subject with other university students and a few former models or models that are trying to make it in the industry.
Also, I had contacted the modeling agencies listed in my synopsis in late may early june and so far no one got back to me. I will be chasing them again!