So, as some of you may know, I interned earlier this year at Alexander McQueen. The whole experience was phenomenal and I would Gladly go back. Anyway…The PreSpring 2012 collection is the one I worked on….and the final set of looks is, as usual, breathtaking. Tribal influences and heavy on the bead and embroidery work, each look was in typical Sarah Burton Elegance.
Here are Two Looks I sketched from the collection, Both focusing on the same idea of beautifully cut and sculpted black fabrics with intricate gold bullion embroidery.
Here are the two looks, taken from Style.com
The first was an amazing structured corseted bodice with petal-like hip draping and a full tulle skirt made up from layers and layers of square layers.
I recently purchased a pot of Black ink for school, and decided this would be another perfect reason to use it. Ample water and careful drops of precious black ink create this faded effect. Topped with black Sharpie, the usual Tippex, and fine-liner and ample gold pen.
I drew the model on the side to make the obvious comparison between the illustration and the lookbook image.
The second is an amazing skirt suit. Padded shoulders and rippled back, the jackets sits on-top a fitted black skirt, which kicks out at the knee. Much more embroidery is used on this look, creating a mesmerising opulence.
More black ink, and mixture of pens created this illustration, however i really anted to capture the heavy-ness and density of the beads, so kept going over the parts of embroidery with Tippex, Gold and Black pen, to make it almost 3D.
The collection was such a great way to end my time at McQueen. I know my site is a little bombarded with McQueen sketches at the moment, however the looks are just so beautiful and joyous to sketch and look at. However, I promise I will try and draw some other designers, to let them get a look in on my site.
(All illustrations Copyright, Images Style.com)