Introduction The standard croquis favored in fashion illustration is an elongated, slender figure that can be 8, 10 or 12 heads high. However, this style of croquis is not a modern model of beauty. It has come and gone with variations throughout the 20th century and into the current time. Fashion designer Erte favored anContinue reading “Dressmaker’s Library: Drawing the Fashion Figure for Body Positivity”
All illustrations from “Illustrating Fashion” by Edith Sloan, published circa 1969. Some of the looks popular in the 1970s were already coming to the fore in 1968. The longer skirt lengths brought the look back to that of sophistication. The Dolly Girl look of the Mod 60s was phasing out.
Introduction The full figure does not always have to be drawn in and developed. When you need to focus on the ensemble itself, you can sketch just the outfit and accessories using the croquis under a sheet of tracing paper. Developing the sense of proportion and harmonizing accessories When you are exploring proportions, acceossories andContinue reading “The Fashion Croquis: Preliminary Sketches of Ensembles”
Introduction The fashion croquis is meant to represent a stylized version of the dressmaker’s or designer’s muse. The form does not have to be realistic. The purpose is to use a representation that enables the imagination to become inspired. The croquis is a means upon which to bring an idea to life in it’s veryContinue reading “The Fashion Croquis: Muse and Model, source of inspiration!”
Introduction I always start a project with a sketch. It acts as a roadmap. Once a fitting toile is made, the style may take on further changes. It depends on the resulting drape and other details I may want to add. Right now, I am considering this shirtwaist dress with additional details. The most practicalContinue reading “Preliminary Sketch for New Project-Chambray Shirtwaist Dress”