My workspace started to shrink by the
day. Stacks of paper, magazines, materials, etc. were taking over my room. I
finally took some time to clean up, re-organize my workplace and a excellent
moment to archive my latest work. This illustration is one of my favourites and was a experiment with disposables. This time a pair of scissors and a hobby knife were my working tools too. I choose one of my favourite looks from the Louis Vuitton FW 2012 collection and a nice pose. Then I cut out the coatdress from a yellow discloth. A first I didn't know how to create the squashed Stephen Jones hat. The next morning I baked an egg for my son Issey, I threw away the empty brown egg carton, and there it was ... , ... my Louis Vuitton hat, in the trashcan. I used the egg carton to cut layers for the giant hat. I could now continue my collage. I then painted the hat and coatdress in the right colours. The big and oversized sunglasses are glassbeads, the enormous crystal buttons are bubble wrap and sequins. With other scrap material I finished the platform pumps in the collage. This illustration was so much fun, something completely new for me. The moment I felt the excitement again watching this illustration, I knew I wanted to share more of my work with you. So please feel free to visit my website NHMILLUSTRATIONS and see more new work. Right now my workplace is ready for another new fashion season, hopefully full of new fashion favourites. Enjoy, Nancy
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all
men are created equal."
have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves
and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a
table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state
a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and weltering with the heat of
oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their
With his Resort 2014 collection ALEXANDER WANG shows his deep respect for the Balenciaga’s House’s codes. The collection has the signature of Balenciaga big volumes, shapes and refers to self-taught designer Cristóbal BALENCIAGA.
Today Wang shows his interpretation, of the ultra modern, elegant and feminine silhouette with this sculptured petaline, volumed and ovoid shaped bolero-cum-bra top. The colors black, white and grey where continued from Wang’s debut collection for the House.
I love to recognize the typical signature of the Spanish Basque designer and founder of the house Balenciaga. The talented designer created ultra-modern but yet so feminine shapes. The tunic dress, the high-waisted baby doll dress, the balloon skirt, the sack dress and the cocoon coat were like sculptures.
His use of heavy fabrics, the so called bracelet sleeves and the collars that stood away from the neck.
“ I just want to draw and about fashion exclusively. For me fashion illustration is a highly personal form of expression. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means is what I strive for in my illustrations.”
- PIET PARIS –
PARIS CAPITAL DE LA MODE | 2001
25 Years after his graduation Piet Paris provides us insight into his work with his exposition ‘The Chambers of Piet Paris’.
Piet Paris is still one of my favorite fashion illustrators. Last month I went to see his exhibition in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Like his father did to their parental home, Piet Paris has decorated his Chambers from top to bottom with his beautiful work. Paris selected over 75 illustrations for Louis Vuitton, Vogue, Elle, Rijksmuseum, KLM and Saks Fifth Avenue. With participation of Prada, Marni, Thorn Browne and many others. It’s amazing being this close to his work. There is something new in each illustration. His unique approach in craft and design. To see his sketching process wall. To see all his new work.
DR. MARTENS | CHANEL
To touch the tableware. Paris shows the development of an illustration, a stepwise process, room by room.
AMSTERDAM | RED LIGHT FASHION | 2008
The last years Paris has expanded his ambition for product design. From stamps to three-dimensional design like; Royal Delft Ceramics Designs, tableware, Carpets, and even a complete Fashion Hotel: Hotel Modez. The exhibition ends on the runway with the Backdrop Venue for Viktor & Rolf Summer 2011. Like his illustrations the products are all concerned with form, composition and the spatial effect, for Piet Paris it feels like a natural step.
BACKDROP VENUE | VIKTOR&ROLF | SPRING SUMMER 2010
TABLEWARE | 2012
The last room shows a table piled up with illustrations. Piet Paris always makes his handmade illustrations format A3.
MY FAVOURITE THIS EXHIBITION | PRADA | SPRING SUMMER | 2013
As a big fan, Paris surprised me, again, with this beautiful exhibition.
THE CHAMBERS OF PIET PARIS
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem | The Netherlands
Until August 4, 2013
Miniature mannequins in High Fashion of Dior displayed on the run way of Harrods London. The excellence and creative skills of the French Fashion House were shown in a miniature theatre experience. A nod to the 1953’s Harrods Fashion Theatre introducing a Dior fashion show and the ‘Théâtre de la Mode’ a travelling exhibition showcasing the creativity and craftsmanship of artisans of French Couture.
In 1945 and 1946, Robert Ricci, son of Couturier Nina Ricci, initiated the "Théâtre de la Mode". An exhibition shown first in Paris, and after a huge success toured across Europe and the United States, to show the creativity of the finest French Couture Designers on miniature mannequins size: approx 700 mm (27.5 inches).
More than 40 Paris Couturiers joined together. With scrap materials they created new Couture. Seamstresses crafted exquisite fahion with real pockets and linings, finishing every detail of the garments, miniature undergarments, milliners created miniature hats, jewellers (Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels) contributed small necklaces and others Houses like Schiaparelli, Hermes, Balenciaga, worked on accessories, like shoes, umbrellas and tiny belts.
The creations were shown on dolls, designed by Eliane Bonabel, the body formed by wire and plaster heads crafted by sculptor Joan Rebull. Settings were designed by Jean Cocteau, Christian Bérard and many other important artists.
“The meticulous attention to details is so striking … The buttons were really buttons. The zippers really zips. The handbags had little wallets, inside them.” [quote Historian Lorraine McConaghy]
“The Theatre de la Mode holds great significance from a historical perspective because thanks to the tenacity and ingenuity of its creators and collaborators, Paris was able to assert its rightful place as the fashion capital of the world. Without this, then the world of fashion as we know it to this day, would have taken a very different turn.”
In 1988, Paris’s Musée la Mode et du Textile undertook an extensive restoration of the mannequins and painstakingly recreating the sets. The Théâtre de la Mode now exhibits at the Maryhill Museum of Art. Parts of the Théâtre tours around the United States and Europe.
No doubt, the exhibition, shown in Harrods, was overwhelming too. Proving, again, Fashion is Art!
Dior at Harrods