Melanie Drinnan

Melanie Drinnan

Fashion StylistManchester, United Kingdom
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Melanie Drinnan

Melanie Drinnan

Fashion StylistManchester, United Kingdom
About me
A recent graduate of Fashion Art Direction at Manchester School of Art, I am currently based in Manchester. I am a fashion curator, who focuses on concept ideas and styling to produce aesthetically pleasing and interesting outcomes in response to current topics. I enjoy researching into social, environmental and political issues which in turn inform my work. I very much like to explore beauty and pop culture references but with a campy colourful outlook. I’m very keen on having a strong use of colour within my work. I like to source colourful clothes, use vivid backgrounds, and incorporate loud makeup. Something I think is important within my own work and also the fashion industry in general, is the use of unconventional models. I like to cast a wide variety of ethnicities, sizes and gender within my work. I have experience in styling, creative direction, model casting, social media and show and shoot production. I love collaborations! If you're a photographer, designer, makeup artist or other creative please contact me!
  • ZEST
    ZESTAn editorial exploring gender identities and gender performance, with model Jonny who does drag under the name Banksie. I'm very interested in the concept of blurring the boundaries between what is stereotypically 'male' and 'female'. For the makeup I was inspired by Claude Cahun's self portraits series. The styling was inspired by 1950s clothing which creates a juxtaposition of the classic cliché housewife style dress contrasted with the contemporary subject.
    POPPYInspired by the essay "Notes on Camp" by Susan Sontag, and the Met Gala exhibition based on this, I looked into how Camp translates within a fashion context. It was important to me to create a unique and artistic makeup look for this editorial, in addition to the styling to create the “fashion clown” aesthetic that I was looking for. I decided to research into these looks, with the 1920s style drawn arched brows combined with a more contemporary color pallet. I found a makeup artist who speciali
  • Take Carrie To The Prom, I Dare You
    Take Carrie To The Prom, I Dare YouI wanted to create a very kitschy, '80s prom' style editorial, inspired by movies like Carrie, Pretty in Pink and Footloose. I used amazing garments by Kate Clark to really bring together this vision, along with very over the top hair and makeup.
Projects credited in
  • Laishi
    LaishiClient Brief: Miao Show, a live fashion event and fashion publication created by 3rd year FAD showcasing the garments collaboratively produced by Fashion students from Manchester School of Art and Donghua University, Shanghai, China. Laishi (afterlife), a project and Fashion Presentation exploring Miao spiritual beliefs. Collaboratively produced by final year Fashion Art Direction Students, with samples designed by Fashion Design students from Manchester Metropolitan University, made into garme
  • Model Casting
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Social Media
  • Concept Building
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    Manchester School of Art logo
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Manchester School of Art
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    2:1 degree in Fashion Art Direction