‘Mood Board’ – Oxford English Dictionary Meaning and Wish Tree Dress Collection Mood Board


(image: a section from the Mandali Mendrilla Wish Tree Dress collection mood board created in December 2015. The section shows bloggers and Paris Fashion Week visitors whose style inspired me at the time I was preparing to design the collection, with Susanna Lau of the Style Bubble catching most of my attention.  The Wish Tree Dress collection was presented at the Fashion Week in Zagreb, in May, 2015. Click here for catwalk show video. )


The Oxford English Dictionary meaning:


mood board


BrE /ˈmuːd bɔːd/

; NAmE /ˈmuːd bɔːrd/


a group of pictures, words, etc. arranged on a board or screen in order to create or show a particular style, idea or feeling

We put together a mood board with key images and words that best convey the essence of the brand.


What follows is the rest of the pages in the Wish Tree Dress collection mood board.


To my eye, nature is the finest work of art and the more i pay attention to its intricacies, I find endless inspiration for my own expression. It is interesting that the forms found in nature are always harmonious to the eye and a healthy dose of imitation leads to unforgettable designs that never tire.

Thus is a simple, happy mood board with lots of light and smiles. I am not dwelling on world’s pain but am focusing on its beauty.

An element in this page is the work of Van Gogh. His work is in almost every mood board that I have created in the last few years. Seeing his paintings in person, both in Amsterdam and in London, has been an unforgettable experience and, amongst the numerous intricacies in his work, I find special pleasure in the waves of energy that he recorded, the visual appeal and the innocent way in which he signed his works with a simple “Vincent”.

At the heart of the inspiration to create this collection was a genuine Banyan wish tree that I connected to in India, many years ago. I sincerely believe that mental intention made in special places, like wish trees, creates desired reality. Yoko Ono created an art project with the theme of Wish Trees many years ago, which also served as great inspiration in visualising the collection.

Very much inspired by Yoko Ono’s living Wish Tree art project within which she would plant wish trees in museums and locations all over the world for people to hang their wishes on and dream, one of the dresses in the collection, called Wish Tree Dress I, had become an art installation in itself, gathering several thousand wishes when displayed, and over internet communication. This dress inspired a series of wish tree dresses, of which the first one is the now famous sculpture dress called Mandala of Desires (Blue Lotus Wish Tree), a work I will write about in another post.

The cloth I chose as the predominant material for making the Wish Tree Dress cocktail dress collection was peace, or ahimsa silk which, even though traditionally used as a bit of a ‘primeval’ fabric, worn by yogis in the holy places of India for its non- violent origin (no silkworms are harmed in the making of), cleanliness, durability, versatility and adaptability to climate changes, I used it as a cocktail dress material (the innovative collection was recognised by the organisers of the Month of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, who one of the dresses, called Happy III, in their exhibition).  On that note, I am very impressed by Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress initiative.


I do pay attention to and find inspiration in persons in the public eye, and they often end up in my mood boards. At the time I especially loved the look of Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph and Russo.


The last page needs not much explanation, yet its interesting how both of these amazing designers, who might have been a bit of rivals in their time, many years later, ended up in my mood board together.

– Mandali

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