Pattern Puzzle: Fashionarium paper

fashionarium_paperFrom a new to me blog called Fashionarium comes today’s pattern puzzle. The style depicted at right was rendered by Alexandra Zaharova & Ilya Plotnikov. This is just one of many pieces of eye candy in the entry.

Our hostess Julia Stanescu, is the curator of treasures selected across the web, a bit off beat which may be owing to proximity. She’s Romanian. I can’t speak for you but I enjoy visiting bloggers who don’t live in an echo chamber, endlessly re-selecting subject matter they find at arm’s length. Julia is also the author of a professionally produced ebook on fashion illustration called Enrich Your Fashion Illustration Techniques -and it’s very inexpensively priced at only $15. I’ll have to get that once I get beyond stick figures…

From another entry on her site, I discover a snapshot of art director Matthew Brodie who explains the process that went behind his shoot for the March 2011 issue of Madame magazine (story board and a journal the shoot is here). Not surprisingly, one of Galliano’s pattern cutters was pressed into service. Some of the detail is just mind boggling.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my latest discovery. It’s rather embarrassing actually. Julia’s been blogging since… well, I don’t know how long. None of her entries are dated but it’s certainly been long enough to be embarrassed I hadn’t found it before now.


  1. celeste says:

    The book looks intresting, as do some of the realted blog posts, will have to check these out when we get back from the museum – Thanks!

  2. Shelley says:

    Some amazing visuals in that blog and book. I really liked the paper shoe forms for some reason. I agree it would be interesting to know how they dressed the models. I’d guess they’d build it all and then the final ‘seam’ or whatever would be done so the model is ‘ sewn in’?

  3. JustGail says:

    Most of the dresses look like all the folds or big loops act as little hinges, and so there would be enough flexibility in the finished garment to put it on/off. This striped one though – it looks like some very careful handling is required. Also, maybe the paper used is of tougher stuff than what I think of as paper?

    Thanks for the link, Kathleen!

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