Sunday, April 03, 2016

Fashionable Art - Georgina Chavez

Instagram continues to present me with many talented fashion illustrators and that's where I found GEORGINA CHAVEZ from Chihuahua, Mexico (chihuahua, like the dog), an artist who favors an ink and digital coloring technique. Naturally, I was drawn to the detail in her work and vibrant use of color, but mostly to her unique style. Her subjects feature signature pointy shoulders and large oblique eyes that make me imagine a fashionable race of extraterrestrials who travel the universe shopping for frocks on distant planets. This makes me wonder if the shopping is better on the other side of the galaxy... 

CHAVEZ often creates artwork inspired by major fashion houses and was generous to make a custom piece for me. I sent photos from my last trip to the Republic of Kenya and asked her to interpret it in her own style. As I admired her work, I believed that Chavez accurately captured the emotion of that day. It was a mixture of excitement and joy, a combination that made me feel strong and grounded to the Earth as I walked through the valley. 

I had an 11 x 14 glossy print made and purchased a slightly distressed gray wood frame to showcase it in. My art gallery is slowly growing and I'm loving every piece. 


Sunday, October 04, 2015

True Blue

Since 2012, the RICHMOND MURAL PROJECT has been sponsoring talented artists from all over the world in an effort to establish Richmond, Virginia as an international destination for art. The founder, Shane Pomajambo, believes that the many murals around the city will help promote tourism and support local business. It is currently the largest grouping of murals in the U.S.

After being introduced to the project by a friend and wanting to support the arts, I headed out to explore what the city had to offer. I wore my STELLA MCCARTNEY Ridley Stretch Cady Dress from the Resort 2012 collection. When I came across the frock in store, it didn't have much hanger appeal, but the striking blue did appeal to me in a way that meant I had to try it on. The classic seam work and subtle top stitching was a winning combination. I couldn't decide if the dress seemed more azure or perhaps cerulean, but I did decide that it was coming home with me. My only alteration was a shortened hem. I paired the dress with my beige GUCCI Noah half D'orsay patent leather heels and LULU FROST jewelry. The necklace features two chains, one gold, one silver, several small diamond like studs, and an interwoven yellow ribbon.

I discovered this impressive mural by TAYLOR WHITE. Located at 100 S. Addison Street in the Carytown neighborhood, it appears to be a human body in shades of blue and purple intertwined with what I interpreted as life in the form of stranded ropes. Life being something that consistently keeps us enveloped and is inescapable. White states that her "work is an unending pursuit of the delicate harmony that exist in that sweet spot between order and chaos." This statement easily holds true for me by simply replacing her "work" for fashion. My love for the art of fashion is something that sometimes manifests as chaotic, but it never fails to provide a sense of order in my life. But, I wouldn't want it any other way...


Saturday, August 29, 2015

From The Fashion Library - Gods And Kings The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

GODS AND KINGS THE RISE AND FALL OF ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AND JOHN GALLIANO is the latest book from Dana Thomas, author of DELUXE: HOW LUXURY LOST ITS LUSTER. It is an in depth look at the lives and work of two of the most gifted and skilled designers London has ever produced. Lee Alexander McQueen was and will always be one of my favorite designers and I often read about his life and work however, this was my first time reading about John Galliano. While his aesthetic doesn't always speak to me personally, I still very much appreciate his art and craftsmanship.

Initially upon hearing about this book, I wondered why Thomas chose to write about these two designers together, but after just reading the introduction, it was very clear. The similarities these two shared were many; supportive mothers, romantic theatricalism, and an undeniable talent. Unfortunately, they also shared a substance abuse problem, destructive behaviors, and sometimes violent tempers. Their timelines mirrored each other so closely that it made me wonder were the similarities, both good and bad, the real recipe for their genius?

In the end, both would succumb to the pressures of commerce and profits. In 2010, McQueen hung himself with a belt in his wardrobe and nearly a year later Galliano had a series of very public drunken episodes in restaurants and cafes. Thomas points out that several other prominent designers have endured nervous breakdowns, drug overdoses, and bouts of depression. The businesses of fashion and the people who run them demand a constant stream of creative production and unfortunately, the artists suffer. When the artist suffers, so does the art.

With GODS AND KINGS, Thomas does an extraordinary job of shedding light on the darker side of the fashion industry, much like she did with DELUXE, and tells the stories of two brilliant artists that is equally beautiful as it is tragic.