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January 2017

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Fashion



For my first costume design post, I thought that I’d go with a classic. So here’s one of Theadora Van Runkle’s designs for the character of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde from 1967, as well as a little overview of her work on the film and its impact upon fashion. Doesn’t everyone like a beret? I know I do. It’s sad that Bonnie looks so grumpy with life in my sketch but maybe she knows how the film ends.

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Fashionating Friday: Dolce & Gabbana – Alta Mode, 2014

I particularly loved this piece since I first saw it.The bright yellow and coral touches as well as the little flowers on the bodice which tie everything together make a stunning impression.


D&G’s Alta Moda (lit: ‘high fashion’) collections are one-off pieces sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the designs are always incredibly beautiful and unique. They’re so exclusive that they’re primarily bought by true haute couture devotees after the show, and it’s unlikely that the public will ever see them again unless the owners decides to bequeath or sell to a museum. Highfashionw wrote a great post about the meaning of Alta Moda collections and its meaning and importance in defining haute couture houses.

Since I’m going through a phase of using Gansai Tambi watercolours on Strathmore grey-toned paper, the yellow stripes on the skirt took several layers of paint; so many that I lost count! The further down the stripes were, I applied fewer layers of paint to grade it out a little bit, otherwise I felt that it would draw too much attention away from the bodice.

The roses in the background are David Austen roses which I just tinted slightly, trying to get something between realistic and the roses & castles gypsy caravan/Victorian barge decoration style. This is one of my favourite illustrations that I’ve done recently, so it’s now on my wall when it’s very rare that I keep any of my paintings. I hope that you like it, too. If so, please follow me on instagram where I post WIP photos and more. More importantly, have a lovely day. xx

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Fashionating Friday: YSL F/W 2016

I loved this collection and I’m sure that this won’t be the last YSL F/W 2016 look that I’ll draw. It’s such an elegant time warp back to the 80s, and the make-up is fantastic with the cut creases and bright lips. There just aren’t enough ruffs in fashion these days, in my opinion.


This illustration was done using Gansai Tambi watercolour paint by Kuretake, which can be used so they act more like acrylics. They’re so highly pigmented that they’re a great choice when you need a really matte finish with a lot of depth, but they can also produce very subtle, traditional watercolour washes, as you can see in the background wild roses.

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Art Supplies: Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

A new addition to my art supplies collection is the Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 pencil set and I AM SO EXCITED! Here’s a little unboxing post before they’re used, and though they’ll acquire that slightly rustic, loved aesthetic, they won’t look as pristine as they do now.


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Cherry Blossom Mucha Girl & Tutorial

While falling into a black hole of fashion editorials, I found a great photoshoot for Elle Canada which I just had to sketch right away, immediately, post haste! The next thing I know it’s 5 am, but as much as I love those flashes of inspiration in the wee hours, my sleep cycle really doesn’t.

For this one I wanted to contrast the modern styling with some Mucha-inspired details, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s a mix of traditional and digital mediums which I’ll detail below in a little tutorial.

The original pencil sketch

Final piece post digitally applied watercolour

Mini-tutorial for avoiding the dreaded ‘muddy’ watercolours when painting over pencil! under the cut.

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