Drawing Fashion

First of all, I want to say a big thank you to Kate for yesterday’s hilarious and oh-too-true post. I hope none of you live in the Crapi apartments…

So I lied. I thought I was all done with London but as I was lying in bed last night, I realized I had shared everything with you except my favorite part of the trip. Not sure why I was withholding, but those days are behind us. People, I have two words for you: Design Museum. This gem on the south side of the Thames was founded by one of my idols, Terence Conran. The space is intimate and unassuming and even though it is small, the shows are impeccably curated and pack a punch. I was thrilled when I found out that one of the two current shows is a retrospective of 20th and 21st fashion illustrations called Drawing Fashion (the other is an excellent show on the architecture and design of John Pawson). It was very exciting to see a number of works by my beloved Rene Gruau, as well as more contemporary artists whose work was new to me (Antonio and Mats Gustafson). Here are a few ethereal, colorful, evocative examples from this mind-blowing show.

The show runs through March 6th, but if a trip to London isn’t in the cards for you, order yourself a copy of the gorgeous book that accompanies the exhibition and prepare to salivate. I continue to be amazed at how artists can evoke the flavor, movement, and shape of the body in clothing with a few brushstrokes. Next on my list is a class in fashion illustration. Enjoy!

From top down, images courtesy of Creative Boom, Museyon Guides, Chance, Decollage, The Curated Object (x2), BBC (x5)

15 comments on “Drawing Fashion

  1. Danielle on said:

    Beautiful! Just curious, how big where most of these pieces? Are they done in a smaller sketch book type style or large ‘Fine Art’ style. So much is sad through the simple guesture.

  2. Danielle on said:

    Excuse me… I meant “so much is said” not ‘sad’. Oops.

  3. Molly LuetkemeyerMolly Luetkemeyer on said:

    Re: [mollyloot.com] Comment on “Drawing Fashion” hilarious. & the pieces range in size but i would say they arte 16×20 and larger. & seeing them up close is pretty amazing…

  4. The Drawing Fashion exhibit looks amazing – thanks for sharing with us and providing a link to the book!This is one of my fave museums in London! It used to be in the basement of the V&A but I love the new space. Like the Cooper-Hewitt, I am always surprised how many museum goers are unaware of the design museums.

  5. Molly LuetkemeyerMolly Luetkemeyer on said:

    totally

  6. Danielle on said:

    Beautiful! Just curious, how big where most of these pieces? Are they done in a smaller sketch book type style or large ‘Fine Art’ style. So much is sad through the simple guesture.

  7. Danielle on said:

    Excuse me… I meant “so much is said” not ‘sad’. Oops.

  8. Molly LuetkemeyerMolly Luetkemeyer on said:

    Re: [mollyloot.com] Comment on “Drawing Fashion” hilarious. & the pieces range in size but i would say they arte 16×20 and larger. & seeing them up close is pretty amazing…

  9. The Drawing Fashion exhibit looks amazing – thanks for sharing with us and providing a link to the book!This is one of my fave museums in London! It used to be in the basement of the V&A but I love the new space. Like the Cooper-Hewitt, I am always surprised how many museum goers are unaware of the design museums.

  10. Molly LuetkemeyerMolly Luetkemeyer on said:

    totally

  11. Danielle on said:

    Beautiful! Just curious, how big where most of these pieces? Are they done in a smaller sketch book type style or large ‘Fine Art’ style. So much is sad through the simple guesture.

  12. Danielle on said:

    Excuse me… I meant “so much is said” not ‘sad’. Oops.

  13. Molly LuetkemeyerMolly Luetkemeyer on said:

    Re: [mollyloot.com] Comment on “Drawing Fashion” hilarious. & the pieces range in size but i would say they arte 16×20 and larger. & seeing them up close is pretty amazing…

  14. The Drawing Fashion exhibit looks amazing – thanks for sharing with us and providing a link to the book!This is one of my fave museums in London! It used to be in the basement of the V&A but I love the new space. Like the Cooper-Hewitt, I am always surprised how many museum goers are unaware of the design museums.

  15. Molly LuetkemeyerMolly Luetkemeyer on said:

    totally

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