Mid-week inspiration: fashion drawings

I’m trying to get into the habit of drawing more regularly. I have been intimidated by drawing my whole adult life. It’s not something I have a huge talent for, and thats ok. What I love about drawing in this context is that perfection is besides the point. I use these drawings to catalogue my ideas. They need to show the silhouette and mark out the seams. They don’t need to be striking, just a means to create striking clothes.

So I’ve been scouring pinterest for helpful drawings to draw inspiration from. I find I’m particularly drawn to old sewing patterns and paintings by Erte and other artists working in the 1920’s.

Incidentally I really need to figure out how to make myself some man-cage-paniers.

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Mid-week Inspiration - Ulyana Sergeenkov

While I have been having fun expanding my design portfolio I have been struggling to really find my voice of my aesthetic or my voice as a designer. I would love to create an atmosphere with my clothing. I play with different ideas. lately I have been fantasizing to imagine I my “designer self” as a character who maybe was born in the 1930s, jumped forward in time, and just got incredibly into all the options and colours that are possible to make now and so her designs end up being a kind of mishmash that somehow always maintain the air of a past era. It’s a lovely story but then I find myself falling in love all over again with the exposed bras of the nineties or huge fusha bridesmaids dresses of the eighties and the story kind of falls apart. 

But if anyone can show why it’s worthwhile having a coherent design aesthetic it Sergeenkova. Her designs bring me to an alternate reality where the tsars survived through to the modern day. Hers are the dresses of Katya Middletonova. I am also perpetually impressed of someone who can make bell sleeves and high frilly collars look utterly modern. 

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Mid-week Inspiration - Antebellum Fashions

Thinking about my wedding date I have been diving ever deeper into the world of the Southern Belles. I knew immediately that I wanted to make my own dress because it would be such an opportunity to really go all in on my love of brocade. But for the form of the dress, once I hit on the Antebellum South I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do. Loud, frilly, luxurious and hyper-feminine is everything I want for myself as a bride.

Further reading:

http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/uniontodisunion/exhibits/show/the-history-of-the-southern-be/southern-belle-fashion

https://bellatory.com/fashion-industry/WomensClothingoftheSouthintheAmericanCivilWar

https://www.sweetmagnoliatours.com/sweet-magnolia-news/clothing-styles-civil-war-antebellum-south/

Source: Www.pinterest.com