This has been an incredible year, full of adversity and transcendence.
What follows is a redux, final fashion‘s finest for the year. Thanks so much to everyone who visits, reads, comments, emails and reaches out. Friends and colleagues, you inspire me. You are all wonderful. Thank you.
My favourite blog posts
- what it is for – it girls and fashion – You are in denial if you think you can make it in fashion without embracing it.
- the economics of style – youth culture patterns – we fetishize “functional” work because our own so-called work is so ephemeral and indulgent.
- the aesthetics of scarcity – the last visceral shocker left to fashion is olfactory. This is why crust pants represent fashion’s last stand.
- the technique trap – so many young hopefuls come to London to go to these star-making schools and yet the instruction they receive sends them down the path of obscurity.
- the insider issue – In fashion, insider status is coveted by those who lack it and flaunted by those who have it.
- Vionnet – both back and front views. Braless, just the way Vionnet liked it.
- Agyness Deyn – the first of a model series, I have a wishlist.
- Anna Dello Russo – for the Hudson’s Bay Company. She is such a perfect fashion phoenix, delightful to draw.
- Pink Martini Collection – my first completely hand-rendered, watercolour paper doll.
- Colin McDowell – respected writer, historian and curator of the Fashion Illustration exhibit. I had chance to show him some live sketches to at the Design Museum in February. Later in September he recalled my work and invited me to sketch at Fashion Fringe.
- David Downton – the 21st century’s finest fashion illustrator picked my work out of a lineup.
- Stephen Griggs – the owner of Dr. Martens invited me to visit the factory and see how my favourite boot gets born. Highlight.
Fashion weeks and events
- Berlin, Fall 2011 in January – sketches, more sketches, and more, sketches with Steffi and photo diary for Flare.com.
- London, Fall 2011 in February – sketches, and sketches, more sketches.
- Paris, Fall 2011 in March – just sketches, I absolutely dusted myself that trip.
- Glasgow, Scottish Fashion Awards in June – sketches and photos.
- London, Spring 2012 in September – Cristina Sabaiduc, sketches and handwritten diary.
- Paris, Spring 2012 in September – arrival sketches, and also Issey Miyake and Amaya Arzuaga.
- Jabberdust – designed a scarf/accessory collection with Leah Barrett and blogged the process. Rough, finished fashion illustrations, specs, first samples, and the final results.
- my beauty icon – I paint a heroine in beauty products for the Toronto Standard.
- Rokit Vintage – contributed a window display illustration among some other bright fashion illustrators at a great vintage shop on Brick Lane.
- The Times 27-04-11 – my proposal for a princess’ wedding gown received some good words.
- Cosmopolitan Australia November 2011 – I talk it girls with the smart and spirited Rachel Hills.
- The Big Book of Fashion Illustration – featured in the definitive compendium of contemporary fashion illustration.
This was a year that started hard for me and then turned around in the second half. While I didn’t tick every box, I feel like I got the gist if not the gamut of my 2011 goals.
I’m looking forward to 2012. How about you?