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THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

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This year at Project Fashion, join us as we leave behind a world of dull drab greys and step into a life of colour, magic and adventure as we explore our theme “the Wizard of Oz” (follow the yellow brick road, somewhere over the rainbow)

Thinking about the hidden narrative in the movie, we hope to get little minds understanding what it really means to look inside themselves and recognize the magic they already possess, all the while having fun designing their unique fashion piece!

Experiment with different fabrics, textures and design techniques as you dive deeper into the theme;

The movement of the tornado!

The transition from black and white to colour!

The rich greens and decadence of Emerald City!

The Tin man, The cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, Dorothy, and her little dog too!

With endless possibilities and opportunities to be creative, using skills learned in class and adding your own flair, this theme will have you clicking your heels three times and saying “There’s no place like Project Fashion”.

DOROTHY

“There’s no place like home”

Dorothy is brave, smart, loving and independent. All the traits the rest of the gang long to find.
We can take inspiration from her signature blue pinafore style dress, a simple yet iconic design. The classic gingham print of the dress, the woven texture of the basket she carries, and the sparkle of her magical red shoes. Not forgetting the transition, she makes, at the start of the movie from black and white to a world of colour over the rainbow.

THINK

● Fearlessness in designing your outfits
● Blue gingham prints, experiment with size and colour of print.
● Pinafore straps: straps anywhere!
● Black and white or neutral coloured fabrics with pops of colour: brightly coloured seams painted onto a black design,
● Sparkling red shoes: magical explosions of colour!

THE TIN MAN

“Now I know I have a heart, cause its breaking!”

When we first meet the tin man, he is so rusted he cannot move! We can find design ideas from looking at the metallic silver colour of the tin man, rusted or shiny. The stiffness in his unoiled joints. His boxy shape or the nuts and bolts that hold him together.

THINK

● Oversized clothing: boxy shoulders, shoulder padding even knee padding!
● Closures: large zips, zippers at seams, hook and loop fastenings, studs and shiny buttons.
● Metallic fabrics: silver pleather or rust coloured metallics.

THE SCARECROW

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?”

The Scarecrow is naive yet endearing, he is unsure of his own abilities and believes he needs a brain from the Wizard.

We can take inspiration from the scarecrow by looking at his baggy potato sack clothing. The natural fabrics he is made from and the hay that bursts from his seams.

THINK

● Baggy clothing: bishop sleeves, loose fitting trousers and handkerchief hems.
● Fringing: fringing or ruffles coming from the seams
● Natural fabrics: burlap and linens, neutral colours and woven textures, weaving our own plaited fabrics and experimenting with sizing and placements.
● Gathering: gathered sleeves and paper bag waistlines, creases and folds in all places!

THE COWARDLY LION

“If only I had the nerve!”

The Lion we meet is unsure of himself and has little confidence. Along with the help of his newfound friends he finds confidence and realised his power and strength.

Let’s look for inspiration in things like his soft fur and silky ringlet curls. We can also look at his large size, which is a contrast to his timid soft and kind personality. A big scary lion, who wears a lovely red bow in his hair.


THINK

● Faux furs: trims on cuffs or large collars made with shearling
● Courage: Being BRAVE in fashion choices, not afraid to wear what you want.
● Big Presence: oversizing clothing, Big puff sleeves.

THE WITCH

“I’ll get you my pretty!”

The Wicked Witch of the West is the villain of the movie, she is the opposite in every way to Dorothy. She is the Black & White, Dorothy is the explosion of colour.

We can find motivation for our designs in the colour of her skin, green with envy! Her pointed chin and nose and her billowing flowy black cloak.

THINK

● Drapery: flowing fabrics, capes and cloaks. Peplum tops in different lengths and layered ruffles of tulle.
● Contrast: clashing colours, bright greens against blacks.
● Angles: sharp angles, pointed shoulders or experimenting with applique shapes.

THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

“Follow the Yellow brick road”

This is where the adventure really begins, at the start of the swirling magical road.

Looking at the road we can take inspiration in the rectangular shape and layout of the bricks, vibrant yellows broken up by harsh straight grids, and the spiral swirl at the start of the road.


THINK

● Colour blocking: splitting a garment into four different colours, appliqueing blocks of colour to your design.
● Block printing: using fabric paint to create brick like patterns in all different colours and sizes.
● Swirls: using different fabric dying and manipulation techniques to create a swirl or a curved design ● Grids: picking fabrics with grids or plaids, quilting grid patterns on to your outfits.

FLYING MONKEYS

“FLY! FLY! FLY!”

The Flying monkeys are the soldiers of the Wicked Witch, following orders without thought or question. There is lots of things we can take from studying this character. Their little red white and blue jacket is almost like a circus outfit yet still has a very military feel. Even their large dust blue feather wings.

THINK

● Chevron: zig zag elements in stitching or prints .
● Blue: blues blues and more blues!
● Feather accents: Fluffy feathers, or fraying fabrics ● Uniform: Tailoring, Military style clothing with double breasted button jackets

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