Wednesday, October 28, 2009

straight from the pony's mouth...

...The Show Pony's mouth that is.

On my quest for more fashion fantasy thesis material, I found an interview Kat from Purse Buzz did with fashion illustrator/costume designer, Kime Buzzelli.

When I was formulating my thesis topic, Kime's
Vampirella, teen dream figures in oozy, brightly colored, mixed media backgrounds were the first things that came to mind. I'd decided to touch up on the way fashion illustration has gotten a little spookier, incorporating darker themes, and Kime's work is a perfect example of it.

I managed to get a few nice tidbits to quote from the interview. Kime, who was being interviewed because she just got a gig designing boxes for Urban Decay Makeup, said that she does in fact like to depict images of vampire girls with gothic inspired eyeshadow. To say the least, her damsels are very fashionably ghastly.

She even gives some nice advice to budding fashion illustrators and creatives. You can see the interview in full here.

vogueing like a teen

This is a little delayed, but I've been busy, busy, busy. I went to see Amy Astley, founding editor of Teen Vogue, speak a couple weeks ago at F.I.T. at a book signing for The Teen Vogue Handbook. I was happy to get my hands on a copy since I teared apart my magazines for my collages. Teen Vogue always has the most colorful imaginative photo spreads. In my opinion, they are more fun than those in the mothership magazine.

The beauty spreads for hair and makeup are always kind of unreal and fantastical. They remind me of the period in the 7th grade when I used to mix gold and turquoise eyeshadow together and smear it on my eyes before going to school in the morning. Above is hair from hair stylist
serge normant, makeup stylist pat mgGrath, and hair stylist guido palau. Crazy fun couture stuff.

amy signed my book!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

pink makeup city

On the subject of "once upon a time when I was forced to think in 3D," here are some pictures of my pink makeup city.

Covered in tulle and trapped in a black plastic box, she was filled with empty bottles of pink perfume, lady shavers, lipsticks, glosses, discarded birth control packets, nail polish, fake nails, blushes, eyeshadows, applicators, and eyelash curlers. My teacher abhorred this sculpture like one abhors the fiery oceans of hell, but I had a blast making it.

Alas, my city is gone, but here are some pictures I took of her before she crumpled to the ground.

steel ballerina

once upon a time, I had to make a ballerina out of steel. I don't know where she is now...probably in a metal waste dump somewhere...but here is a picture I found of her when I was rummaging through my old files.

circus girl stripes

here is a circus girl I made. I wanted her to have an interchangeable circus girl color palette. So her friends are below in red, purple, green, blue, and sepia. I was thinking sonia rykiel bowler hats and simplified la fee verte tights. Her face is a little anna sui-ish.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

drawing hose

I've always been a fan of drawing pantyhose. Here are some of my recent drawings of bedazzled, laced, speckled, striped, and flowered hose and some clippings of some of the recent hose I've seen from nylon, W, and Lula magazine.

jeremy scott dress and la fee verte tights

falke tights

le bourget tights

tights in lula mag

Monday, October 19, 2009

my little harem girl

harem girl, 2009
ink on paper
9 x 6 inches

"spooky chic" illustrations by laura laine

On the topic of my thesis, my advisor, bil donovan, directed me to look into the work of this fashion illustrator, laura laine. There is certainly an element of whimsy in these spooky little girls. They walk on stalk legs with little designer witch shoes, wiggling bony, possessed fingers, and wearing hairdos that hold secrets spells. Their locks sweep up into the air like dark, cloudy thunder storms.

Friday, October 16, 2009

alia penner for lula magazine, issue no. 9

In a fashion fairytale segment for Lula Magazine, illustrator, Alia Penner, produced these dreamy watercolor collages to go along with prose by trapeze artist and filmmaker, Sarah Sophie Flicker. It reads like a nighttime storybook for big little girls...we are all big little girls. This is certainly something I'll be adding to my grad thesis, which I think I've finally finetuned. The subject will be fashion illustration: living in the fantasy. I'll be analyzing how contemporary fashion illustrations have adapted visual cues from fairytale folklore, fantasy, and horror.

Alia Penner definitely has hints of storybook magic in these darling little watercolor snapshots. Sometimes the paints diffuse into beautiful peacock patterns, and other times they simply bleed into the surrounding white paper abyss. So minimal yet so rich.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I made a dress!!

I made this a while ago, but my buddy/co-worker at Knoll, mabel peralta, an excellent crafter/designer/photographer, recently posted this pic on her facebook. I used an awesome vintage dress pattern and some Betsey Johnson fabric. It's a mosaic style print with lots of fawn...all of bambi's friends.

On Tuesday, after meeting Amy Astley face to face at F.I.T. for her book signing for the Teen Vogue
Handbook--which was aweeeeesome--mabel had me model one of her delicioussss bags (below). It's made from Knoll Luxe textiles with a gorgeous blue silk interior.

I'm headless in both pictures, but you get the picture. For more of mabel's fun stuff, you can check out her etsy here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

my cornflower cutout girls

Here is a series of my new cornflower cutout girls...
enjoying the poses from my urban outfitters catalog, I decided to juxtapose these darlings on some dreamy, surreal backdrops.