This past week I had the pleasure of attending the Society of Illustrators Sketch Night, dedicated to the 1950s fashions and elegance featured in the film “Phantom Threads.” The evening featured, aside from great models and fashion, free sewing kits and a movie ticket raffle, which I won! It’s always fun to draw elegant fashion, especially at the Society, where I can walk down the stairs and be influenced by my favorites such as Austin Briggs and Al Parker. And of course, with this subject matter I was thinking of my fashion idols of the era – RenÃ© Gruau, Eric, and RenÃ© BouchÃ© – whose work I saw at a slide show as I turned the corner on the second floor.
Being there with my Studio 1482 colleagues Greg Betza and Dominick Santise made it even better. During the break we snuck down to the main gallery to see Greg’s work featured in the SI60 exhibition – congrats Greg!
Here are some other fashion illustrations from the evening. Thanks to illustrators Bill Donovan for hosting and Stefano Imbert for doing some modeling as well. (He’s great to draw!)
By the way, the music complimented the posing and era wonderfully. It was a fun evening – thanks for taking the time to look at these illustrations. Looking forward to the next one!