Spring 2012 Couture week starts Tomorrow! Legendary Houses such as Chanel, Dior and Armani (Plus some new-comers like Giambattista Valli) will present their hand made collections in Paris over the coming few days.
To Celebrate this, I decided to draw some of the gowns from the Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2011 Show. Pretty!
One of the ‘Rules’ that makes a dress Couture is the fact that no machine is used in the creation of the garments. This first dress, a Golden tasselled dress was completely embroidered by hand. The craftsmanship is insane on these dresses, it blows my mind the power of the human hand.
Being a completely sheer base, I applied the Flesh-tone after the watercolour and before any other elements, so not to smudge any of the detail.
This second dress demonstrates Creative Director, Riccardo Ticci’s brilliant mind. This is a fully embellished sweatshirt, thrown over a column gown. Layered pearls and beads create the ‘crustation’ type ornamentation’s on this dress, as well as beautiful folds of fabric accentuating the hips.
Although alot of the craftsmanship in a Couture garments comes form decoration, I still kept the drawings quite loose and free. The fine-liner gives the illusion of heavy embellishment without going into the extreme detail that is actually featured on the dress.
This dress was crazy. My drawing does not give the dress any justice. Thousands and thousands of Hand cut organza circles, in various sizes (No Bigger than a 50p Piece) were hand layered and sewn in an intricate pattern all over the dress, accentuating the models hips, breast and waist. A ‘Normal’ gown in Haute Couture would take over 400 hours to complete a team of seamstresses.
As I said, this sketch really does not show you the amazing layers of material, almost like scales, running across the dress. It was just beautiful.
The final dress was one of my favourites from the collection. A swimming-costume type bodice, in full lace, with cold-sholder sleeves and cut out around the waist. The skirt was then appliqued with mirrored lace segments, engineered to the body. Fantastic.
I love drawing lace as I have no hope of getting it like the actual piece, so Its just made up of random squiggles and lines, which I try to mirror. The final look gives the impression of lace, without being overly fussy or precious.
I am very exited to see what the designers present over the next few days, and im sure some will be featured on my blog very soon!
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