Fall Ready-to-Wear ’18 in Illustration

What better way to celebrate the release of our favourite luxury designers’ Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear collections than with a few fashion illustrations?

From Chanel’s breath-taking set design (with Karl Lagerfield transforming the Grand Palais into a living, breathing forest) to Alessandro Michele’s surreal, clinical vision for Gucci’s runway as an eerie laboratory, our imaginations were constantly challenged.

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If converting a fashion runway into an intricate story complete with immersive sets and spectral invitations (I’m looking at Michele’s ticking bomb) is the magic of now, then surely  it’s the duty of attendees and the media to respond with equally creative measures, if only to prolong those last few sparks of excitement.

I’ve rounded up a handful of personal highlights from the Autumn collections and given them a splash of watercolour. First up, my all-time favourite maison de mode: Christian Dior.  

Maria Grazia Chiuri focused her 2018 fall ready-to-wear collection on the theme of student protest, drawing inspiration from ’60s, the same year Dior released its first ready-to-wear line. The set this year was covered in reproduced magazine covers and protest art of the 1960s, relevance lying in the current student protests against American politicians in the wake of several school shootings. According to Nicole Phelps at Vogue Runway, “Chiuri took up the clothes of the late ’60s—the crochets, the embroideries, the patchworks—and filtered them through Dior’s luxury lens.”

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Christian Dior 

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Tsumori Chisato 

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Martin Grant

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John Galliano

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Christopher Esber

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An Era of Terrorism

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A series from my art journal.
Turkey: Continuously under fire // France: The statue where a shrine was left for Paris & Nice victims // Syria: A UNESCO world heritage site destroyed by ISIS // Belgium: The building where a shrine was left for Brussels victims. 

Modern history was my favourite subject in high school, because every class my teacher read us a chapter from a book about a certain time period, and as the term progressed so did the story. Week by week I learnt more about the oppressive dictatorship of Josef Stalin, American interventions (god damn, they interfered more times than Simon abrasively cuts off an X-Factor hopeful), and suffragette activism (and no, it was not all a singing fiesta like Mary Poppins suggests).

Enthralled in learning about the past lead me to wondering… What will people of the future learn about the people of now? What story will be spun about our lives? I can see the title for the textbook in my mind, and it’s not a particularly pretty one: An Era of Terrorism. 

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