December 15, 2013

Featured in Attitude Fashion Magazine!

 Very excited to share I was featured in Attitude Fashion Magazine, Dec 2013 Issue, page 11! Must go out and get a copy now!

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Lovely friends and followers, this is your last week to order any Christmas shopping via my page  18th Dec is the cut off date. Please check out the albums and comment 'Sold' on any jewellery, fashion, illustrations, accessories you wish to purchase and I'll PM you the invoice. PayPal available. p.s. Watch this space post-xmas for more news on the Sewing Classes. Bx

December 8, 2013

Colour of 2014: RADIANT ORCHID

PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
 It will never cease to intrigue me how only one colour can represent an entire year. One medly of moods, emotions, memories, inspirations captured in a colour which Pantone has selected. Out of all five million colours identified and detected by the human eye, only one can be chosen. What's the criteria, you ask? Well, Pantone carefully looks at a range of things happening world wide to define and predict the year ahead. Things that influence such a colour include the entertainment industry, films, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, upcoming sports events, technology and other socio-economic conditions.

Pantone has been predicting the colour of the year for more than a decade, influencing multiple industries including fashion, home and industrial design, cosmetics, product packaging and graphic design. Previous colours include: 
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
 So why Radiant Orchid?

 Chosen for its mood in encouraging creativity and originality, increasingly valued in today's society, it is an invitation for innovation. Tones within this colour include fuchsia, purple and pink, inspiring confidence and great joy, love and health. It is captivating and draws you in with it's charm.

Fashion Flourishes

Having rosy undertones, it produces a healthy glow when worn on the skin for both men and women. It was already on the runway during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is starting to appear on the red carpet. Keep a look out for it in spring in fashion as well as accessories.

Beauty Blooms

 Enlivening the skin and giving a more healthy and energetic feel this colour blends both cool and warm tones together, flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones! Seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, excellent for a playful lipstick and blush and of course, a splash of nail polish. If you have green or hazel eyes this radiant colour will really contrast and bring out the green tones in your eyes. Having brown eyes also is a plus as the colour will draw out the warm brown/maroon tones in your eyes too.

In Interior Design

An eye-catching paint, or for accent pieces and accessories in homewares, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens and really lifts off when paired with turquoise, teal and if you're feeling brave, light yellow! A vibrant colour to liven up any neutrals (grey, beige and taupe) without being overpowering. 

 Here are the last four Mood Boards I've whipped up to blog about previous Pantone colours of the year. The blog posts can be found on this blog.

With love in fashion, and have a beautiful 2014 in style.
Belinda x


November 25, 2013

White Ribbon Day

In support of White Ribbon Day, to show awareness and prevention of Violence Against Women. Say no to domestic violence. A fashion illustration.  x

Mrs Carter World Tour!

Had the best time seeing Beyonce at the Mrs Carter World Tour, Nov 5th at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre!

Her costumes were phenomenal as was her performance! She didn't disappoint!
I'm so grateful I got to share it with my best friend, it was outstanding!

These were my favourite costumes from the performance! I was really shocked by her cropped locks, but she carried it off well and was just as fierce as ever! x

2014 Fashion Illustrated Calendars!

I finally bit the bullet and decided to create a 2014 Fashion Illustrated Calendar of my work over the years!

I've matched them up to appropriate months and had them printed on 200gsm gloss paper. They sold within the hour and were $15 + postage.

I'm really glad people like them and I might have to do a second batch! x

Halloween/Dios de Los Muertos!

 I had some fun illustrating Dios de los Muertos! (Day of the Dead) and 'resurrected' an old BZ gown to wear to a friend's Halloween Party as 'La Catrina' from Los Muertos! Happy Halloween! x

Remembrance Day

A Fashion Illustration. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.


October 26, 2013

Featured in RIP IT UP Magazine!

Featured in RIP IT UP MAGAZINE Oct 24-30th 2013 Issue. Pg. 31

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Q&A with BZ

Recently I've had a few interviews and thought I'd answer some questions as people are a bit curious as to some things:
(also please check out my facebook page )

- What's your story? (Life, study, influences, were you confident in your career choices etc)

My grandmother was a seamstress, my mum an artist and my dad a building designer so I think I’ve inherited the design/art attributes. In high school I was guided by my art teacher to pursue fashion and wearable art which led me to then study Fashion Design at Tafe SA for 3 years. After that I worked in the costume department of Opera SA for two years and learnt a lot. I am also a stylist on fashion shoots and music videos, blogging and selling my clothing, jewellery and fashion illustrations online. I work freelance now, recently as costume designer for Hairspray at St Aloysius.
I also taught sewing, pattern making and personal styling at a local community centre and caught the teaching bug, so I’m now also studying a bachelor of Education in Home Economics (focussing on Fashion and Visual Arts Education.) at Uni SA. Sewing is becoming a dying art and also for our fashion industry in Adelaide, we need to expand and apply ourselves and that starts with education and opportunities provided.

- You're The Blank Canvas winner! What do you think set you out from the rest?
I really wanted to stay true to the ‘blank canvas’ concept, keeping my fabric solely as the cream calico. The design is very much what I felt was ‘art meets fashion’ with a bit of architectural structure. It plays with the historical pannier hoop skirts from the 1700’s and then has a futuristic streamlined top with a highly contoured tall neckline and darted cap sleeves. The honeycomb technique is usually done on a small scale, appearing like smocking. However I wanted to play with proportion and scale and make it larger than life. I also wanted the honeycomb to start small and gradually become larger at the bottom of each piece. There were a lot of trials and experimentation.

- Any other prizes you've applied for & tips for success?
I’ve entered several Art exhibitions/competitions in the past, sometimes submitting gowns instead of the expected art piece and it’s been fun to do something unpredictable and just have a go. This month I was the only finalist from SA to have been chosen for the National Campus Art Prize for my photography piece ‘Sleeping Beauty’. It was a real surprise because I’ve only just started photography this year at uni! At the end of the day, you regret more the things you didn’t do than the things you did. So I just say have a go. You really have nothing to lose. You will grow from it, find the courage to try again and again and see how much you really love what you do.

- What & where did you study?
I studied for an Advanced Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology for three years at Tafe SA and also have a Certificate in Corsetry. Currently I’m in my second year of (Home Economics) Education at Uni SA, minoring in Visual Arts.

- Any hot tips for new or existing students on how to approach course choices?
Make sure it’s something you really, really love with all your heart, otherwise you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.
Get as much work experience in the industry first, especially if you’re studying fashion, so you really know what you’re getting yourself into. The industry is not all glamour, it’s a lot of hard work and you need a thick skin to handle criticism and rejection.

- What have you found to be challenges in you study/career and to have any tips on how to combat them?
I think the biggest lesson of all, most importantly is to have fun and stay true to the integrity for your design style, don’t try and please everyone. It’s impossible. Always work to a schedule to stay on track and network, network, network! Adelaide is small but that doesn’t mean it’s to your disadvantage. We have so much talent in this city and can apply it to help each other out and keep the future of the fashion industry in Adelaide.

National Campus Art Prize Opening Night!

 It was a really great night to see the 22 chosen artists from all over Australia in tertiary education in the National Campus Art Prize competition. Surprisingly I was the only finalist from SA. Although I didn't win or sell my piece, it was great to be exhibitted in the Nexus Art Gallery on North Terrace and to have been selected considering I only started studying photography this year! 'Sleeping Beauty' will now be for sale in the Artel Gallery and Giftware, McLaren Vale. 
Thankyou to everyone who has supported and encouraged my work thus far. It's been a great year. x

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Nexus Gallery

Pink Ribbon Day Fashion Illustration

 #fashionillustration #pinkribbon Breast cancer doesn't discriminate. Sample size, plus size, any size, any race. #showsupport on #pinkribbonday to those you care about who are fighting a battle ♡

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October 18, 2013

VIDEO: The Blank Canvas Gown ~ Behind the Seams

Featured in UniLife Magazine, Fashion Global and The Urban Silhouette!

Unilife mag out now in all Uni SA campuses!
Vol. 21, No. 3 and No. 4 featuring my Digital Photography at Uni SA :)

And here's the more recent published/media: 

 "Sleeping Beauty" photography by BZ
UniLife Magazine, page 5
Vol. 21, No. 4
Available now at all Uni SA campuses!

Online version:

Fashion Global, Sept 24th 2013.
Runway Illustrations of A Night of Fashion 
 Published in UniLife Magazine (Uni SA)
Vol. 23, No. 3
pg. 7
'Madame Butterfly'

[Blank Canvas Award Winner | Interview with Belinda Zanello] Written by Carney Sims & Kate O’brien.

The Blank Canvas Award; an opportunity for emerging designers to showcase their very own garment designs. With strong competition, it was 24 year-old Belinda Zanello from the south of Adelaide whose gown stole the show.

Find out more about Belinda in our interview:

 The Urban Silhouette,
Sept 9th 2013

September 9, 2013

Wear it Purple Day & Daffodil Day Fashion Illustrations

I wanted to contribute something for Wear it Purple day (Aug 30th) and Daffodil Day (Aug 23rd) but couldn't think what I had to give. I couldn't but all the wrist bands in a shop, they were all sold out anyway. Having friends and family affected both by cancer and also to show my support for LGBTI young people by saying no to bullying based on sexuality or gender diversity. You have the right to be proud of who you are. So I thought I'd do two fashion illustrations for you, to give something to show my support for both days.

Blank Canvas Winner - A Night of Fashion

I'm still seeing stars from Saturday night at Honda Present's A Night of Fashion at the Art Gallery.
For the Blank Canvas competition the theme was "Art + Fashion", garments to be made from calico and/or three additional fabrics.

The Blank Canvas comp was sponsored by Attitude Fashion Magazine and Cibo Espresso.
Made with calico and I was chosen to win by SA Art Gallery Director, Nick Mitzevich. I still can't believe it! Falling ill during the Hairspray costumes job made me have to quit a lot of other exhibitions and even a scholarship to Japan, I'd let go of other freelance jobs and my uni 5 week placement because I needed a month to recover for a month, however I couldn't bring myself to let go of this project. And I'm glad I didn't.

In total I spent around 50 hours working on the gown, including 5 toiles on the bodice alone, around 14-16 hours of hand sewing for the honeycomb pieces and around 10 metres of calico fabric was used. I owe my friends a lot of gratitude for their support through the whole journey, which I've also been filming along the way so you can see what it was like to make this gown. Watch this space for the video release.

The other designers were incredibly talented and fit their designs beautifully to the mannequin! It was lovely to see some familiar faces back from when I was a fashion student at Tafe and to see what people are doing now. It was also wonderful to make some new friends on the night too.

Here are a few pics from the night, I will post more regarding the Behind the Seams pics of the gown construction and the video, and of course the social pics from the night.

p.s. Apologies the photos keep rotating back, even though I've rotated them! Sorry if anyone gets a sore neck! x

My Fashion Photography BEHIND THE SCENES

This year I've been studying photography at Uni SA. I bit the bullet, bought my first SLR camera and had a go. For our final assignment we had to produce 6 images using photo manipulation skills on Adobe Photoshop CS6 and of course our camera skills, shooting manual. I'd like to thank all my friends who modelled and helped me, offered guidance and supported me.
6 image series – “Anywhere but Here”

Storytelling through imagery has been in my life since I first discovered my passion for art and then fashion design. Now I have chosen to explore the possibilities of digital art and photography as a medium to express, convey and hopefully provoke some reflection and feeling stimulated from my work in digital photography.

This series was inspired by digital artists such as Kirsty Mitchell and Alexia Sinclair, and commercial/artist photographers Tim Walker and Annie Liebovitz for their strong storytelling narrative work, though very literal and symbolic, I find their work to make great statements which are very memorable and trigger memories and stories for their viewers to unpack.

All six images are connected by a common thread – quite literally. Each model is wearing a gown or item of clothing made by myself from my days as a designer/seamstress. Subconsciously I chose each gown as I found it suited the character in each shoot. Only the Madame Butterfly doesn’t technically have a dress of any sort though.

The common thread doesn’t stop there though, in this story it is about a woman, who is represented by 6 different women. She is in the most opulent of decadent realities, the sort people can only wish for, and yet she isn’t happy, isn’t whole. Wherever she is, she wishes she were someplace else. Is it wanderlust? Is it the desire to find more meaning to her existence? And why has she woken up from this dream life, what could have changed her? We hope that wherever she is next, for women across the globe included, that she finds what she is looking for. Wherever it is. 

These are just the Behind The Scenes shots from Instagram: