So, I warned you. Marchesa madness has hit Larkowsky HQ. I have really fallen head over heels for Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s Spring 2012 Show, and produced some of my proudest drawings to date.
I shall start with the Sketches.
And here are the real garments.
1: First up is a fully fringed number. This dress consists of silk fringe, draped over one-another, contouring the models figure. The movements of the dress are insane, swaying and swaging as the model swayed down the catwalk.
I first mapped out the fringe with pencil. Then after a light white watercolor wash, retraced with tippex, then with fine-liner (Which made the dress too heavy and black), so then back over with the tippex.
This drawing was kept really simple and elegant, as the dress was just so beautiful, really emphasizing the models figure and the dancing fringe at the bottom is quite mesmerizing.
2: The second look is a corseted pencil dress, with sheer embroidered overlay and flounces, which fall to create a pool of ruffles at the back of the models frame.
Drawn in my typical style, this dress features watercolor, tippex, fine-liner and silver pen for the embroidery.
I emphasized the rules quite significantly more, to give the sketch some more impact. This dress is so elegant and it really shows some of the wonderful craftsmanship Marchesa sport throughout their collections.
3: The third sketch is my favourite out of the four. A beautiful tulle fully embroidered dress, with an almost sheer chiffon overlay, that falls into inky blue handkerchief drapes, creating a full skirt made of multiple layers.
I really had to think about how to draw this dress.
I started off with the watercolor base and flesh tone, but mapped out the embroidered underlay first, filling in the detail with the tippex and fine-liner.
I then went over the full chiffon overlay with the same two materials, t get a real sense of the exquisite layering of the dress. This collection was full of beautiful ethereal dresses, but this one is just so amazing to watch glide down the runway.
4: This dress is quite similar to a Chanel Spring 2012 dress I had sketched previously. Layers of dusty pink ruffles, layered over one another, draped around the hips, completed with a pencil skirt in the same colour.
The colour of this dress is really beautiful, so after getting the right watercolor mix; it just seemed to fit into place, with the normal tippex and fine-liner accents.
This is a really great dress, the detail is really beautiful and its paired really nicely with the vibrant pink hair of model Charlotte Free.
Marchesa’s dresses are always so elegantly serene and very surreal at the same time. They are almost Couture-like garments shoing true skill and beauty.
So once I have started, I really wont be able to spot. More Marchesa to come!
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