guest post: Anh-Minh.
As a kid, one of my favorite toys was the TOMY Fashion Plates, which basically consisted of plastic templates that you could mix and match to create ensembles. Although I’ve long abandoned any dreams of a career in couture, my interest in fashion illustrations was recently renewed – thanks to a trip to the Alameda flea market with interior designer Grant K. Gibson.
Grant and I are working on an article about secondhand shopping for the SF Chronicle, so we set out in search of inexpensive pieces that needed just a little work. We came across a vendor who was selling a bunch of original 1970s fashion sketches for just $6 each and knew we had to snap some up. (I especially love the handwritten notes on the side of each.)
We sifted through rows and rows of drawings and, after much deliberation, bought these three:
Grant purchased $15 frames from Aaron Brothers and we hung them up on a wall in my guest bedroom. We were going for a bit of a casual look, hence the simple white frames. The block of yellow paint behind them is meant to delineate this small “gallery” area.
In the following photos, fashion illustrations are used in more sophisticated settings:
Seeing “Her Closet” that Melanie Coddington designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2008 prompted me to buy an illustration from Etsy seller Lottie Frank to hang in my own closet. I also like Brooklit’s affordable prints.
The Fifi Lapin prints (above), inspired by modern-day designer looks, offer a twist on the usual illustrations.
Last year, when the De Young Museum held an exhibit on Yves Saint Laurent’s work, I bought a copy of the couture coloring book. The book, which includes 20 sketches from his most renowned collections, is still available for purchase. Just add your own touch to his drawings before displaying them in your home. This is definitely a step up from those Fashion Plates outfits!
[ thanks again to guest blogger Anh-Minh Le! ]