I want to share some scans from a recently-acquired book of inspiration. David and Elizabeth Emanuel went down in fashion history as the couple responsible for Princess Di’s wedding dress. Yes, that one. Perhaps not the sanest sartorial venture, I hear you cry, but everyone knows that rational thought and the art of dress do not always go hand in hand. Forget the inhibitions of popular good taste and you can’t help but feel awe-stuck by the sheer overblown fantasy of their gown. It takes dramatic vision and ‘cojones’ to attach eight metres of taffeta to a bride. A hunt for information on these somewhat forgotten and fearless romantics lead me to purchase this out-of-print book. When it arrived I was so delighted! It was like going back to all the party dresses of childhood. As well as a mine of pictures, the book presents their approach to styling and design – which encourages us all to look ‘uniquely and unforgettably individual’ and references art history and classic cinema with inspiring eccentricity.
Illustrator Kasia Charko has worked on numerous children’s books…but back in the early 70’s she also created these fabulous pin-up style images for the different departments of Big Biba.
I think this cheeky lolita schoolgirl is my favourite!
I first came across the work of Hiroshi Tanabe in 2001 in the book Fashion Illustration Now, which I have just dug out of a dusty box in the garage. Seeing as that book was published 10 years ago, a lot of the illustration styles seem a little dated…but not so Tanabe! Seeing his work again reminded me how much I loved it when I first saw it, and a quick visit to his website provides more elegant, minimalistic eyecandy!
This must be the most sophisticated image of the Playboy-Bunny erotic-cliche ever! I love how he uses silhouettes and clean woodcut-style linework to let the viewer’s mind fill in the detail.
Illustrator Chris Price has got the most utterly perfect style – Aubrey Beardsley meets swinging 60’s, sartorial yet a little bit underground and very very decadent!
And as if my lust list wasn’t long enough, they have also released a rather tantalising handmade volume titled ‘Nude Ego‘ which contains, and I quote, ‘truly shocking illustrations’. I want one now!!
Images from Debut Art