Raven snowboarding is an up and coming brand influenced by the idea to cater for families and groups taking winter/spring snowboarding trips together.  The brand RAVEN owns a respectful attitude with a corporate style design befriending anyone who is attracted to its logo.

Aiming to become a worldly recognised brand; RAVEN began in Australia originally producing just boards and thermals now is producing boots, bindings, accessories, outerwear, gloves, mittens and goggles, men, women and children’s clothing. Striving for the highest of quality and best innovations and technologies and latest designs using 100% bamboo snowboards. Guaranteeing absolute stability in every manoeuvre while riding the snow.

The board designs are mostly made in series including combinations such as; his and her, mother, father and child (boy/girl), Friends, best friends and groups of people with a number of boards put together making a word or saying a quote or making a picture. You can also pre-order a series or prints with a group photo or image of your choice to be printed and delivered to your snowboarding destination.

By Alana Baker.


Post 7: ‘Glyph’ Snowboard Brand



Crave the snow~~~~~  Carve the snow~~~~~ Glyph to go~~~~~

Glyph Gear for Snow Boarders is in a revolutionary class of it’s own. With Glyph technology we have successfully developed a ground breaking range of Snow Boards and snow accessories. Our team has discovered that by combining some of the world’s ancient and most natural materials such as Hemp, Bamboo and Pumice Stone.

 Glyph is now the ‘Number 1’ supplier of the world’s toughest and most endurable snowboards, featuring an extra stability and flexibility in our designs. The Glyph unisex clothing lines and accessories ranges are all made from natural textiles that will withstand the most extreme of elements. Designed with the consideration for both the recreational and or the professional snowboarders.

Snowboarders have a very diverse international based crowd Glyphs unique approach is to ensure maximum fun fixed on the best quality gear.Glyph’s innovative designs offer the truly dedicated snowboarder the opportunity to invest in a product that is guaranteed for its strength and durability, and the ability to out ride and out last the rest. Whilst still showing respect for the mountain itself.


 Glyph Gear passed the test.


Skate Branding- Amdusias

The main concept for my clothes/accessory line demographic is to have a fashion line for women skaters that ranges from the ages of 15 to 30 years. As there are already many skate clothing lines out there yet, none really are available for women who either skate ( or have a partner who’s passion is skating ) and yet still want to dress with a sense of femininity.

And from that main concept comes the tangents of knowing that the demographic/subculture of skaters is also related to alternative lifestyles and punk rock.

Keeping that in mind the clothes and accessories will be made with natural materials (i.e. 100% cotton ) and sourced from rainforest alliance and fair-trade agreement. Therefore making beautiful alternative clothes and accessories environmentally and socially conscious.

And relating back to the music of the demographic/subculture being punk rock the brand name Amdusias is perfect for the line as Amdusias is the lead member of hells band and yet he takes on the form of a unicorn which is seen as a very mystical and feminine form.

I want to represent a happy middle ground between the Lolitas of the surfing world and the rugged grunge associated with skaters.

Post 6 – Interior Designer, Frank Lloyd Wright

Post 6 – Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright on the 8th of June, 1867 in Richland Centre, Wisconsin and died in Phoenix, Arizona on the 9th of April, 1959.

He was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, he designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works. Frank had a philosophy called Organic Architecture, which he believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and it’s environment.

His design Fallingwater (1935) was best exemplified by this philosophy, which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture.” Frank was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

Franks work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels and museums. Many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass, Frank designed.

In the United States and in Europe, he was a popular lecturer, Frank authored 20 books and many articles. His colourful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well known during his lifetime, Frank was recognised in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.”






Post 6: Philippe Starck

Starck’s furniture designs, he is widely known for his designs for the Italian manufacturer Kartell, many of which are made from polycarbonate plastic. These include the transparent Louis Ghost chair, Ero|S| chair, Bubble Club Sofa and Armchair, and La Bohème stool. He has also been involved in the relaunch of the World War II-era Navy Chair in the U.S., designing a classic furniture collection around it.

The Bubble Club chair is featured prominently in the television series Boston Legal. A pair sit on the balcony outside Denny Crane’s office, where he and Alan Shore end each episode with a cigar and a glass of Scotch while discussing the events of the episode.

The Louis Ghost chair is also featured in Ugly Betty: two such chairs can be seen front of Wilhelmina’s desk in the 2010 episodes.

Starck’s furniture has been featured at Pinkberry locations.

Among his interior designs for restaurants, Starck designed the Felix restaurant-bar at The Peninsula Hong Kong, a classic hotel facing the Hong Kong harbour on the Kowloon side. This design, located on the 28th floor, is known for several design features including the men’s washroom, which features urinals facing glass, and a spectacular view of the Hong Kong cityscape.

An earlier design by Starck, now world famous, was for the Café Costes in Paris (1984).

His design presence is heavily noted in Los Angeles, where his work is evident in numerous trendy restaurants, lounges and nightclubs including Katsuya, XIV by Michael Mina, The Bazaar at SLS Beverly HIlls, and s-bar Hollywood.In 1988, Starck was commissioned by famed nightclub impresario Ian Schrager, former co-owner of Studio 54, to refit the Royalton Hotel on New York’s West 44th Street. It was a design moment that has since changed the hotel industry; boutique hotels, where hotel design is an important factor, became the industry buzz.

The Starck-Schrager design hotel partnerships continued in New York at the Paramount hotel, and then spread to Miami with the opening of the Delano Hotel in South Beach in 1995, to Los Angeles with the Mondrian Hotel in December 1996,[14][15] to London with both the St. Martins Lane hotel in 1999 and the Sanderson hotel in 2000, to San Francisco with the Clift hotel, and finally back to New York with the Hudson hotel, with what is described as “Cheap Chic”.

The look and feel of Starck-Schrager hotels has been highly influential, including the approaches at Starwood‘s W hotels.

Starck also designed Jia, the first Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel in Asia.

From 2007 until 2022, Starck is under an exclusive contract with nightclub mogul Sam Nazarian to design Nazarian’s new hotel brand, SLS Hotels. The first property, SLS Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (a massive renovation of the former Le Méridien At Beverly Hills), was opened on October 28, 2008, and was entirely designed by Starck. The hotel lobby features unique Starck-designed display cases presenting rotating design items curated by gallerist Murray Moss.From December 2007, Philippe Starck and his daughter Ara were involved in the redecoration of public areas at Le Meurice, Paris.Through residential design company Yoo Ltd, Starck has been involved in the development of several properties featuring Starck interiors.His work with the Pramac energy group, has produced a design for windmills that also function as wind instruments.

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Post 5: Alexander McQueen

Born on 17 March 1969 in Lewisham, London, to Scottish taxi driver Ronaldand social science teacher Joyce, McQueen was the youngest of six children. He grew up in a council flatin a tower block in Stratford.[8] He attended Carpenters Road Primary School, started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age, and announced his intention to become a fashion designer.

McQueen later attended Rokeby School and left aged 16 in 1984 with one O-level in art, going on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and, later, the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. The skills he learned as an apprentice on Savile Row helped earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look.

While on Savile Row, McQueen’s clients included Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Charles. At the age of 20 he spent a period of time working for Koji Tatsuno before travelling to Milan, Italy and working for Romeo Gigli.

McQueen returned to London in 1994 and applied to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, to work as a pattern cutter tutor. Because of the strength of his portfolio he was persuaded by Bobby Hillson, the Head of the Masters course to enroll in the course as a student. He received his masters degree in fashion design and his graduation collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who was said to have persuaded McQueen to become known as Alexander (his middle name) when he subsequently launched his fashion career.

It was during this period that McQueen relocated to Hoxton which housed other new designers, including Hussein Chalayan and Pauric Sweeney. It was shortly after creating his second collection,“McQueen’s Theatre of Cruelty”, that McQueen met Katy England, his soon to be “right hand woman”,when outside of a “high profile fashion show” trying to “blag her way in”.He promptly asked her to join him for his third collection, “The Birds” at Kings Cross, as “creative director”.Katy England continued to work with McQueen thereafter, greatly influencing his work – his “second opinion”.

McQueen designed wardrobe for David Bowie‘s tours in 1996-1997, as well as the Union Jack coat worn by Bowie on the cover of his 1997 album Earthling. Icelandic singer Björk sought McQueen’s work for the cover of her album Homogenic in 1997. McQueen also directed the music video for her song “Alarm Call” from the same album[18] and later contributed the iconic topless dress to her video for “Pagan Poetry”.


Camilla Belle in a 2009 dress by Alexander McQueen, listed among “100 Best Dresses of the Decade” by InStyle magazine.

McQueen’s early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics (earning the title “l’enfant terrible” and “the hooligan of English fashion”), with trousers aptly named “bumsters” and a collection titled “Highland Rape”.In 2004, journalist Caroline Evans also wrote of McQueen’s “theatrical staging of cruelty”, in 032c magazine, referring to his dark and tortured renderings of Scottish history. McQueen was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows: a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection; spring 2005’s human chess game; and his fall 2006 show “Widows of Culloden”, which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss dressed in yards of rippling fabric.

McQueen’s “bumsters” spawned a trend in low rise jeans; on their debut they attracted many comments and debate.[11] Michael Oliveira-Salac, the director of Blow PR and a friend of McQueen’s said, “The bumster for me is what defined McQueen.” McQueen also became known for using skulls in his designs. A scarf bearing the motif became a celebrity must-have and was copied around the world.

McQueen has been credited with bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk. He used new technology and innovation to add a different twist to his shows and often shocked and surprised audiences. The silhouettes that he created have been credited for adding a sense of fantasy and rebellion to fashion. McQueen became one of the first designers to use Indian models in London.

McQueen also designed a range of dresses under the name of “manta”, priced at around £2800. The line, named after the manta ray, was inspired by a holiday McQueen took to the Maldives in 2009. The designs have been worn by various models and celebrities, including Lily Cole.

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Post 4:Walter Plunkett

Walter P`lunkett (June 5, 1902 in Oakland, California – March 8, 1982) the prolific costume designer who worked on more than 150 projects throughout his extensive and important career in the Hollywood film industry.

Born in Oakland, California, and although showing more interest in the schools theatrical group, Plunkett studied Law at the University of California. Moving to New York City in 1923 he began work as a stage actor as well as working costume and set design. After this time building experience in the industry he moved to Hollywood and started work as an extra, although he soon made the change to working in costume and wardrobe.
Hard Boiled Haggerty  was Plunkett’s first credited movie work in 1927. RKO studio’s soon acquired his services where he built an enormous costume and wardrobe department, becoming one of the studio’s industry leaders, getting a large amount of freedom, he started work that rivaled that of contemporaries Travis Banton and Adrian.

Plunkett’s best-known work is featured in two films, Gone with the Wind and Singin’ in the Rain, in which he lampooned his initial style of the Roaring Twenties.

In 1951, Plunkett shared an Oscar with Orry-Kelly and Irene for An American in Paris.

Plunkett retired in 1966, after having worked in films, on Broadway, and for the Metropolitan Opera. He spent the last years of his life with his partner Lee, whom he formally adopted so that he could inherit his estate. He died at age 79 in Santa Monica, California.
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