Finals… It’s every student’s last time to show off their knowledge before heading off for summer. For fashion students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the final project is a runway show: SAIC The Walk. Each senior sends five impeccably styled models down the runway. The students’ work is all highly honed and individualized to each student’s unique taste. Last year I saw toile bandanas tied around the models’ eyes, a technique of an ingenious student’s own invention, which tied together every piece in her collection unanimously; the next season, I saw similar toile bandanas on the models at Louise Vuitton. The Walk is where new and upcoming designers are discovered and where fashion houses look to find inspiration. Another student played with a heavy semi-transparent crape fabric that hung over the model’s head and down to her knees, the draping and stitching carefully done to bring about a sculptured face across the model’s body. The students works are always diverse, some mimicking the beautiful work of designers such as Carolina Herrera, Oscar de La Renta and Dior, to the more avant grade designs of KTZ, Comme des Garçons and Creatures of the Wind. None of the designs are safe. Each tests boundaries and strives to be innovative, if not fantastical. This year, I will be in the press box snapping pictures and jotting down notes from the runway. Tickets are $45 a seat for the day shows and $500 at the showcase evening event. To get tickets press here: http://saicfashion.org I cannot wait to see what the designers have in the works for this year, here are some preview shots of the upcoming 2015 designs…
I have recently been working on a more surrealist kind of fashion drawing- ones that evoke a sense of unknowing yet conjures up a timeless elegance. I have also being taking a drawing class at Vitruvian Fine Art Studio where I have been learning the Barque style of drawing. Barque is an old French form of teaching used to give artists a comparable artistic ability to that of the French master painters. The Barque arm below took roughly twelve hours to complete.