Category: Fashion
  1. 16

    Dec 2014

    Jean Pagès (1903 – 1976)

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    Jean Pagès was a Franch illustrator and muralist. Growing up in the beautiful Versailles, Mr Pagès completed architectural studies before redirecting his creative focus. Mr Pagès explored his artistic style under the tutelage of Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy.

    In 1925 Jean Pagès made his illustration debut with women’s fashion magazine Jardin des Modes. A magazine which was founded by Lucien Vogel and published by Condé Nast. The descriptive nature of Mr Pagès’ illustrations made them appealing to advertisers, and so was requested by numerous companies to produced advertising illustrations for them. Companies including automobiles manufacturers LaSalle, and shipping company Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

    However the Condé Nast family soon got Mr Pagès back and kept him busy illustrating for Vogue, both the French and US publications. Just as advertisers saw merit in Mr Pagès’ accurate depiction, the publishing director of Condé Nast praised the Mr Pagès’ legible drawing of garments that helped prevent misleading their readers.

    Jean Pagès has created murals for many leading restaurants and supper clubs. One such restaurant was New York’s La Caravelle. St. Exupéry asked for Mr Pagès’ painting to be “bright and gay and depict typical Paris park and street scenes”. The beautifully finished murals stretched wall to wall, and the restaurant was visited by royalty, celebrities and socialist. Regrettably one guest, Salvador Dalí, accidentally scratched a mural with his cane.

    As with many early 20th-century illustrators, there is not a dedicated website or book you can go to find out more about Jean Pagès and his work. However, you can find many of his Vogue work on the Condé Nast Collection wesite, as well as some of his other editorial work on the HPrints website.

  2. 25

    Sep 2014

    Veronique Meignaud

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    We are showering you with magic this week. I’m not sure if there is a better word to describe this weeks features, and today is no less. Veronique Meignaud is a freelance illustrator from Montreal, Canada. Student of the Emile Cohl Art School in France, she has worked in the games industry, for the past 10 years, as a concept artist. Ms Meignaud has also collaborated on a wide range on multimedia project. Some of her previous clients include Cirque du Soleil, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Nike, and Marc Ecko.

    Veronique Meignaud’s artwork is striking and complex. It mixes intricate shapes with an array of colours, but all the while manages to keep the elements working harmoniously. It varies in style but the beauty remains consistent.

    You can find more of Veronique Meignaud’s work on her website, and tumblr.

  3. 9

    Sep 2014

    Kustaa Saksi

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    Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi has applied her ideas to advertising, installations, murals, pattern design for products, and textiles for clothing, as well as tapestries. Ms Saksi recently collaborated with Finnish design company, Marimekko, on their spring 2015 home collection. From what I have seen already, the collection features some charming retro-inspired pieces.

    Kustaa Saksi’s work ranges from the absurd to ethereal. Combining organic shapes and wild colours she creates rather unique landscapes, that are in equal parts inviting and frightening. As mentioned in the introduction, Ms Saksi’s has worked in a tremendous range of fields, crossing multiple disciplines, all the while doing it for some of the most renowned brands including Nike, Vespa, Swarovski, Microsoft, Lacoste, and Issey Miyake.

    A good collection of Kustaa Saksi’s art can be found on the Hugo & Marie website.

  4. 22

    Aug 2014

    Conrad Roset

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    I cannot overemphasise how beautiful Conrad Roset’s illustrations are. I am particularly besotted with his work for the children’s book Ensueños. Mr Roset is from Terrassa, Spain and studied at the Joso School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Straight out of university, his online portfolio caught the attention retailers Zara. Working there for a year he developed his style and took the opportunity to learn from other illustrators.

    After Zara, Mr Roset was confident to start a freelance career and, has had many triumphs working for different brands, agencies, and publishing companies. Some of his notable clients include Adidas, Coca Cola, Disney, Mulberry, Laurence King, Random House Mondadori and Wieden+Kennedy. On top of his freelancing successes he also shares his knowledge teaching illustration at the School of Design BAU.

    To see more of Conrad Roset’s exquisite artwork pop over to his website.

  5. 11

    Jul 2014

    David Remfry

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    David Remfry was born 1942 in Worthing, England and is currently living and working in New York City. Mr Remfry graduated from Hull College of Art in 1964, and almost 10 years later, in 1973, he held his first solo show in London. Since then, he has had over 50 solo exhibitions across Europe and America.

    Through his career Mr Remfry has gained a highly regarded reputation as a draftsman and watercolourist. Best known for his practically life-size paintings, and his urban subjects. In 1987 Mr Remfry was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. The honours did not stop there, in 2001 he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to British Art, and in 2006 he was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts.

    Though David Remfry is distinctly a fine artist, having never worked in a commercial capacity, in 2002 Stella McCartney approached him to produce a series of drawings for her exclusive collection of women’s clothing for ABSOLUT vodka. A rather rare move as her contemporaries were exclusively using photography of glamour models. Yet, here was Stella McCartney using Mr Remfry’s drawings for billboard advertising. Mr Remfry embarked on the project not as a fashion illustrator, but as an artist. In doing so the focus was not solely on the garments, but on the person wearing them. His drawings had more expression and incorporated a more human element that can sometimes be missed in both fashion illustration and photography. The response was decidedly positive. So much so that in 2003 the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibited the work in a show titled, David Remfry Drawings for Stella McCartney.

    Sadly I haven’t found a single website that has a large body of David Remfry’s work. But you can find his pieces on places like Pinterest. You can also check out his book, David Remfry: Dancers, it has over 80 paintings and drawings spanning over 30 years of his artistic career.

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