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Group Projects: theme: “Green”

Posted in Class Group Projects, Discuss This Display, Fashion 49 by Arcadia on April 3, 2012

Last week in class began the presentations of group projects.  Students have been working on their designs for the past two months and will be presenting their various projects for the next month.

We have six groups and this week’s theme was “Green” (my favorite topic).  Students showcased their ideas in a window, wall, table, cubes, and shelving unit.

Group 1 – Wall

Kindle is the product Group 1 chose to feature.

I love how they displayed all the paper content behind the Kindle as a butterfly!

Nice job Group 1!

My critique: the ivy isn’t necessary at the bottom of the display, and the Kindle icon should have been bigger.

Group 2 – Cubes

“Tea” and its many uses is what Group 2 chose to display.

Group 2 did nice job on this display!

This display almost became too fussy and overly embellished, but as they continued to work on it, I’m glad they took away a lot of the flowers and edited themselves.

Group 3 – Window

Reusable bags were their product of choice.

This is a case of not going far enough.  The dress they made for the mannequin is fantastic, but the display is too one-dimensional.  I would have liked to have seen more flowers spilling out of the bags, more bags around the floor – and at different heights.

Group 4 – Table

Clever idea to showcase “Green Fashion Design Classes”, as their green product!

This display is missing so much – patterns, books, fabrics, color!  It’s better to have too much and then have to pull back, than to do too little and look like an unfinished display.

Group 5 – Shelving unit

Group 5 is displaying jewelry made by one of their teammates – Shelby S.

Great Job Group 5!

The feedback they received from me as well as the class, is the background is too dark, making the jewelry difficult to see.

Group 6 – Cubes

I am beyond upset that none of my detail shots turned out as this was an excellent display.  Everything you see in the cubes, these girls made!!!  I thought they borrowed all the props from our local Origins store, but I was wrong.  The work is clean, well-edited, and professional looking.

What are you thoughts, how do you think they did for their first week?

Visual Merchandising Student’s “holiday” Theme Displays

Posted in Class Group Projects, Discuss This Display by Arcadia on April 18, 2011

Here are the photos I meant to post last week on the in-class group projects.  Considering what limited resources we have to work with, I’m very impressed with what my students come up with every week.  The theme for this week was “holiday”.  Students were allowed to choose any holiday they wish and interpret it into a display.

The only rules are:

  1. I must be able to identify the theme immediately from looking at the display
  2. I must be able to identify what product/merchandise they are promoting

So how do you think they did?

Group 1

They are displaying books in a children’s store.

Two future visual merchandisers, very happy with their work!

Group 2

Last week we weren’t able to see anything from group 2 as the cubes were temporarily M.I.A., so this is their first showing.  Obviously they chose Easter too, and they are displaying towels.  The bunny artwork is adorable!  I would have like to see more towels displayed on the table.

Group 3 –  This group had the clever idea of doing a story line for Valentine’s Day.  I will admit when I first saw it, I thought their theme was weddings.

The Courtship – There are transparencies in each cube with a love poem on it that pertains to the occasion.


The Engagement

Happily Ever After!

Group 4

This group choose Christmas in April!

Group 5

This group’s holiday is 4th of July and cute H&M sandals.

I love how they displayed the shoes and made all their risers in class!

Good job group 5!

So how do you think they did?

Solange Azagury-Partridge’s new London Store

Posted in Inspiration, Store Design by Arcadia on August 19, 2010

Most jewelry stores are dainty little boutiques.  Not British jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge!  Keeping in line with her unique jewelry line, she follows a very similar aesthetic with her new flagship store she designed herself.

To the student who asked me if going monochromatic was too bland – I think this picture clearly shows it’s quite bold:

Check out this ceiling:

I love, love, love this display case:

This store itself is a visual display, the space has become the brand.  Most retailers don’t utilize this idea enough.

(images via: The Cool Hunter)

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