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  • 1. AMM401 Cultural Portfolio 2010-11 COVER SHEET for each individual piece of writing DETAILS Event: ‘Drawing Fashion Exhibit’, Design Museum, London Date of Event: 3 November 2010- 6 March 2011 Title of Piece: Fashion Illustrations Exhibit –‘Drawing Fashion’ Design Museum, London Word count: 868 Publication: Context Wallpaper is a London based design, interiors, fashion, art and lifestyle magazine, providing readers with trendsetting international articles. Wallpaper strives to visually stimulate its audience with top notch photography accompanying print and online articles. In print since 1996, Wallpaper offers content that is thought provoking, edgy and sophisticated; covering the areas of art, architecture, interiors, fashion, travel, cars, technology, lifestyle and events. has 5 million impressions per month. Covering the same areas of interest as the print version, has 550,000 unique visitors who stay on the site for an average of 6.6 minutes. The online version of Wallpaper was launched in 2006 and has a devoted editorial team that updates the contents of the site on a daily basis. The fashion section of covers the latest news and events while offers editorial content on an international level. covers many aspects of the fashion industry on a global level including Fashion Week, fashion and design exhibitions and designers profiles. Please note: This is not a published article. This article was written as part of a course requirement at City University London and is being submitted as a writing sample.
  • 2. Fashion Illustrations Exhibit –‘Drawing Fashion’ Design Museum, London The Design Museum’s exhibit, Drawing Fashion shows the art of fashion illustration from 1910 to the present, from illustrators who did work for designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin and Yohji Yamamoto. Drawing Fashion showcases this lesser known style of art and offers a peek into how fashion and style has evolved over the years. From flapper girls in the 1920’s, to suits and hats in the 1930’s, to the sleek and sexy imagery of the modern era, Drawing Fashion offers the viewer a retrospective look into the way women were perceived to be as well as shining light on the art of fashion illustration. The Design Museum has put together what could be viewed as a historical fashion show by exhibiting these fashion illustrations. Walking through Drawing Fashion is like walking through the pages of old fashion magazines. The clean aesthetic of the Design Museum, London Drawing Fashion Exhibition Drawing Fashion Exhibit designed by Carmody Croake Architects, Design Museum, London
  • 3. exhibits design created by Carmody Groarke Architects with great consideration for the illustrations and allows the viewer to only focus on the fashion illustrations and their details. Since the early half of the 20th century, fashion illustration has been a way for artists to showcase not only their talents but to show the style and dress during that era. In its early inception, fashion drawing was used as a means of advertising. Before photography became dominant and widely available, illustrators would create detailed pieces of art to be used to showcase the latest fashion trends. If you can remember a time before internet and television, before technology changed the way we receive information, women in America were able to look at the illustrations in their fashion magazines and know how the women in Paris dressed. Elite fashion publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Femina and L’Officiel relied on these illustrations up until the late 1930’s when photography became more readily available. Now, the art of fashion illustration is practiced by few but is still valued and used more by couture designers to showcase their unique point of view. The illustrators are seen more as artists, able to produce unique and personalized pieces that both show off the fashion as well as the illustrator’s individual style. Looking at an illustration by Christian Bérard gives the viewer a chance to see what high fashion was like in 1937. The elegant woman pictured in the illustration, wearing a long flowing coat paired with a floor length draped evening gown, both designed by Lanvin, takes the viewer back to 1937 Paris. Much emphasis was put into the details of the clothing as it was the only means for those who were not able to attend the runways shows or go to the boutique in Paris to see the designs. During the late 1940’s to early 1950’s fashion illustration took on a new appearance. Not only was the style of dress changing but watercolours began being used. Magazines like Vogue and Harpers Bazaar were still on top and helped promote this new style of illustration while promoting the new subcultures like the beatnik movement and mod. During the 1980’s, Antonio also known as the Pied Piper of fashion illustration, was able to continue the art of fashion illustration even though by this time it was hardly used. Antonio worked with fashion icons such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld despite the decline in popularity of fashion illustration, providing fashion illustrations that were Christian Bérard for Lanvin 1937 Antonio for Karl Lagerfeld 1972
  • 4. unique and personalized to the specific designers but also expressed his point of view. His influence on the industry can be seen in a special section in the exhibition devoted to his work. There is also a video produced by Fashion Monthly showing how Antonio used live models to inspire him and help bring his illustrations to life. Fast forward to the modern era where fashion illustrations have become more abstract and art like and more about creating a piece of art and less about advertising and showcasing the latest trends. While the popularity of fashion illustration has declined, artists like Mat Gustafson have found a niche with couture designers who value a unique and personalized touch. Gustafson has done work for Yohji Yamamoto and has been featured in Vogue Italia in 2001 and Vogue China in 2010. The section of Drawing Fashion devoted to the time period of 1990-2010 shows how the ‘cult of the Individual’ illustrators like Gustafson and Aurore de la Morinerie have the artistic freedom to interpret the designs in their own unique style. The Design Museum’s exhibit Drawing Fashion showcases some of the best fashion illustrations over the decades. The simplicity of the exhibits design, with its illuminated white walls, allows the illustrations to stand out and pop. From 1920 Vogue advertisements to 1960’s pop art to the avant garde illustrations of the modern era, Drawing Fashion offers a look into the evolution of fashion trends and overview of the changes in fashion illustration through the decades. The exhibition runs from 3 November 2010 till 6 March 2011. There are also talks and events corresponding with this exhibition including a talk with legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, who will be answering questions and signing copies of his latest book of shoe illustrations titled Manolo’s New Shoes. ‘Couture I’ by Morinerie 2010