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FIRST LOOK – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The long-awaited exhibition of the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens on this Thursday, May 10. For those of you who are now in New York this is not an event to miss. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Vatican, so visitors will be able to take a look, for the first time in history, at the papal wardrobe, which until now has never left Vatican.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art

As a curator, you are always interested in what drives creativity and what lies behind the designers’ and artists’ minds. I never thought it was religion. I never thought growing up Catholic had an impact on your creative development or creative impulses. Now, “I think that designers who’ve grown up Catholic do have this inherent storytelling tradition and imagistic tradition. … Ostensibly the show is about Catholic imagery, but fundamentally it’s about creativity and what drives creativity. In this particular case it’s one’s religious upbringing,” said Andrew Bolton, the curator of the exhibition.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The Catholic icons inspired designers like Coco Chanel, Gianni VersaceDomenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for many years. Their influence was translated into the silhouettes of the clothes they designed.

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Tiara of Pius IX, (Reigned 1846–78) German and Spanish, 1854Cloth of silver-embroidered with gold metal thread, gold, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls.

I think the show, fundamentally, is about beauty and the fact that beauty can fill the gap between the believer and the non-believer. That’s really one of the fundamental messages, looking at the role of aesthetics: the role that aesthetics plays within religion and the role it plays within fashion,” says Bolton. “I think that aesthetics has become sort of a dirty word almost, like it’s not enough. In some cases it’s not, but there’s a lot to be said for aesthetics. A lot of artists created works of art for beauty and the idea that beauty can transcend and can capture one’s imagination. I have always been a great fan of that.”

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination Exhibition – Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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‘Ladyland’ Exhibiton at Opera Gallery in London Dedicated to Ellen Von Unwerth

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Kate & David – Kate Moss and David Bowie, Q Magazine, 2003

For more than 30 years, Ellen von Unwerth has made her name in fashion photography with her sensual vision of women’s bodies. So, in the honour of her fabulous work, the Opera Gallery in London organized an exhibition dedicated to von Unwerth called “Ladyland.” The spotlight goes on Supermodels – Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer Nadja Auermann – on the iconic cliche from famous fashion magazines and Frivolities – where the photographer lets her imagination go wild and expresses herself. Three distinct parts in the exhibition that will delight your sight.

A must visit, the exhibition will be on display starting 4th till 18th of May 2018.

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Claudia Schiffer, Guess Campaign, Morocco 1989 Black & white print on barythé paper, 120x130cm
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Tree of Love Bavaria, 2015 C-Print on Fujiflex paper, 120 x 180cm
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Naomi’s Rollers – Naomi Campbell, Interview Magazine, Los Angeles, 1991 Black & white print on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Big in America – Claudia Schiffer, Vogue US, Los Angeles, 1991 Black & white print on barythé paper, 150 x 150cm
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Ellen von Unwerth
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Milk – Kate Moss, Vogue US, 1995 Print on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Daffodil – Lindsey Wixson, Vogue Russia, 2015 C-print on Fujiflex paper, 120 x 180cm
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Claudia Schiffer, Guess Campaign, Mykonos, 1990 Black & white print on barythé paper, 70x100cm
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Haute Couture – Karen Mulder and Deon Bray, Vogue US, Paris, 1991 Black & white on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Anonymous – Anna Ewers and Keke Lindgard, Numero China, Paris, 2013 C-print on Fujiflex paper, 70 x 100cm
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Peaches – Rouilly-le-Bas, 2002 Black & white inkjet print, 150 x 230cm
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The Mask – Nadja Auermann, Vogue UK, Paris, 1991 Black & white print on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Spy Device – Bavaria, 2015 C-Print on Fujiflex paper, 70 x 100cm
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Bianca Balti, Vogue Italy, Paris, 2004 Black & White on barythé paper
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Floraland – Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018

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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018
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Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue China May 2018

Model: Sara Grace Wallerstedt;

Photographed bySolve Sundsbo;

Stylist: Katie Shillingford;

Hair: Martin Cullen;

Makeup: Hiromi Ueda.

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Next Destination – Tulum – Pablo Escobar’s Home Turned Into a Luxury Resort

Former home of Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca, Tulum, Mexico

The villa that once belonged to the Colombian king of cocaine, Pablo Escobar, has turned into a luxury resort thanks to Lio Malca, a New York art dealer, who bought it -back in 2003- restored it and embellished the mansion with contemporary art, frescoes, paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Persian rugs and velvet armchairs. Located on the white-sand beach of Tulum, Mexico, along the crystal clear water of the Caribbean see, Casa Malca boutique hotel offers 41 rooms and suits, two restaurants, three pools – two outdoor and one indoor – and a gorgeous rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view over the famous Mexican sunsets.  “I saw many different properties, but I kept asking about this one. I could not believe that in this world, a property like this still exists and hasn’t been taken over by a corporation” –  Lamca told Cool Hunting.

There are lots of movies retracting Escobar’s destiny that continue to fascinate the crowds. The fans of Netflix series, Narcos, based on the life story of Escobar, must be delighted by the news!

Former home of Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca, Tulum, Mexico
Casa Malca, Tulum, Mexico – private beach
Casa Malca, Tulum, Mexico.
Casa Malca – Former home of Pablo Escobar, Tulum, Mexico
Casa Malca- A room with a view – about 500 Euro
Casa Malca – decorated with unique pieces of art
Casa Malca has three pools, as well as a rooftop terrace
Casa Malca – the luxurious underground pool and steam room, Tulum, Mexico
Casa Malca’s private beach
Former home of Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca, Tulum, Mexicopablo escobar

 

 

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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding

Born in San Francisco but based in Copenhagen, Adam Kats Sinding is a cult fashion week photographer, on the move 300 days per year, working with magazines like Vogue and W, gathering the material that now makes the subject of his book – This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book.

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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding

The title is pretty succint – “Generally, street style is a lie yet people eat that shit up, believing that they are seeing something organic. But then we have the likes of Christine Centenera, Jo Ellison, Isabelle Kountoure, Natasha Goldenberg and co., and we realise that there’s hope. This is how I can stay sane,”  Katz Sinding explained.

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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding

The book is just a snapshot of today. You can look at it in five years and that’s when you’ll get the real reward — ‘look how we dressed back then… man, we looked ridiculous/cool/young’. What’s the point of any book except to open our mind to some other part of life?” Adam Katz said.

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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding

Today, street style photos are used to sell readers/viewers clothes. They make trends real and I don’t want to play a part in that. Instead, I want to show some kid in Albania what it feels like to be outside the Rick Owens show with all the freaks, show an old lady in Iowa how her peers dressed at a Chanel show. It’s a peephole of sorts. Don’t buy the stuff in the photos I take — but maybe buy my book? Ha, I’m such a hypocrite,” he adds honestly.

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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding

This book brings together Adam’s most striking street wear images, both on the streets and backstage at more than 20 fashion shows around the globe.

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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding
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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding
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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding
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This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book by Adam Katz Sinding
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Gucci’s 3rd Eye – Behind The Scenes of Surreal Gucci Show F/W 2018

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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week

With Alessandro Michele at helm, Gucci became a fairy land where the unchained imagination of the creative designer is running wild, blowing up the fashion scene at Milan’s Fashion Week, Fall-Winter 2018/2019, with his surreal looks, making out of Gucci’s show THE show you’re sorry you couldn’t attend – for it was like a movie, with a very cool script, written out of the inspiration dragged from movies like “The Legend of the Baby Dragon in a Jar” and “The Tale of Tales” starring Salma Hayek. Every show is a story, but this one took 6 months to prepare in a titanic work of the artists involved in the making. It is known that in high fashion couture it may take up to 300 hours of handwork for just a single dress, or 30 for a bag – 6 months turned into reality Michele’s world, with the help of Makinarium – a Rome-based production centre – and now we have baby dragons and iguanas instead of bags, horns, 3rd eyes, and simulacrum of own heads – “We are all Doctor Frankenstein of our lives,” he told Vogue. “Nature has not given us an untouchable body.”

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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week

There’s a clinical clarity about what I am doing. I was thinking of a space that represents the creative act. I wanted to represent the lab I have in my head. It’s physical work, like a surgeon’s” – Alessandro Michele said. “We exist to reproduce ourselves, but we have moved on. We are in a post-human era, for sure; it is under way. Now, we have to decide what we want to be,” the designer continued.

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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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Gucci Show Fall/Winter 2018 – Milan Fashion Week
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The 20’s ultra luxurious items – 6 Precious Cigarette Cases on Show in Paris

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Persian Vanity Case by Strauss, Allard & Meyer, about 1930

Paris comes to our attention for the most original exhibition – personalized minaudières, watches, cigarette cases in gold and precious stones – which takes place for the entire month of April, almost,  so plenty of time to discover the treasure and feast your eyes with the collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. The School of Jewelery Arts, supported by Van Clef & Arpels,  presents their ultra excentric items from the 20’s, for the first time in France. Enjoy and checkout the outstanding collection starting 4th of April till the 25th!

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Vanity Case Panthère Cartier, 1925
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Vanity and Cartier cigarette case, circa 1920
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Cartier geometric cigarette case, circa 1930
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Cartier Cigarette case, circa 1928
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Cartier Cigarette case, circa 1925
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Art Has No Limits – Food Couture by Gretchen Röehrs

Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations

Meet Gretchen Röehrs, amazing artist and designer who’s illustrations become the subject of a book, and a quite interesting one –  “A Fashion Feast for the Eyes, From Banana Peel Jumpsuits to Kale Frocks”.

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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations at Rizzoliusa

Her work has been featured in famous publications like The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, among others. Here is a sneak peak from her book, released on 13th of February 2018.

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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations

Harper’s Bazaar Interview: What’s the story behind using food in your fashion illustrations?

Gretchen Roehrs: It all started as a bit of a taunt to a friend on the East coast who missed fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months. I figured if they couldn’t eat anything fresh, they could at least laugh at a few ladies wearing blackberries as frocks.

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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations

 

HB: Do you think food and fashion have parallels?

GR: There are tremendous parallels between food and fashion. Both really cater to the visual sense, but it’s just as important that they have a pleasing texture. Fashion is a lot like cooking in that you can make up for average ingredients or fabrics with beautiful execution and care. Christina Tosi of Milk Bar does with with her delicious compost cookies just as well as Rei Kawakubo can turn a trash bag into a gown.

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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations

HB: What’s your favorite food to work with?

GR: Fruits and vegetables have always been so attractive to me, especially when they’re put on display every week at my neighborhood’s farmers market. They beg to be captured before I eat them!

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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations

HB: What inspires you?

GR: I’m inspired by all sorts of everyday, mundane things. Color is huge for me, which is why I like cooking and drawing with the most vibrant colors and produce I can find. Walking through Chinatown is a sensory overload for me because of all the funny trinkets, exotic fruits and interesting smells.

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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations
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Gretchen Röehrs Illustrations

 

HB: What’s your artistic process like?

GR: The food usually tells me what it wants to be, but sometimes I have to contort it into a look. From there I sketch around it and let it come to life.

Check out her amazing work at her website and follow her day by day.

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Manolo Blahnik’s New Coffee Table Book – Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

488 pages of history trapped in one amazing book – Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions – a complete book about inspiration and creativity, whose texts Blahnik wrote himself, a dialogue the designer has with Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Andre Leon Telly and many other prominent figures which inspired him along the way. 

Four decades of life and perfect shoes, 250 pictures of the best models in the history of Manolo Blahnik, saw the light thanks to the publishing house, Rizzoli New York.

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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

I think, My God, I’ve been through a lot! But I haven’t done yet what I wanted to do, more or less. I want more things, I want to experiment in new materials. In that aspect, I’m very old-fashioned. I’m very curious. Those pages say, ‘Yes, this is what I have done,’ now the children get inspired or they copy or whatever, and I just move on. This book, maybe it’s there to say goodbye to those kind of shoes, [but] the people in the book who inspired me will be with me forever.” – said Blahnik.

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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions