"A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance." ~ Cristobal Balenciaga

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Draw A Dot

Hello again!

See, that wasn't too long of a wait, was it? :)

Just a quick post on a fashion illustration contest I've entered put on by Draw A Dot. x SixLee x Fashionary.

Since SixLee's S/S 2013 collection was inspired by Juan Gatti's paintings, I chose to contrast the layered and airy pale blues and greys of the SixLee piece in my watercolour illustration with a fun Gatti-like background.  If you like my illustration, you can vote for me to win the contest by clicking on the photo of my illustration which will take you to it's Facebook photo link.  From there, 'like' the photo, as well as 'liking' Draw A Dot.'s Facebook page to vote for me!

You can also check out my Facebook page dedicated to my illustrations if you like!  And be sure to contact me directly if you are interested in commissions, orders, or collaborations :)

Thank you!



PS Thank you all for voting for my illustration - it made the final five!!!

The Year of the Serpent

Dearest Readers,

I am so sorry for the almost year-long delay in posts, but I was so busy with so many exciting and wonderful projects!  The coming posts on all the news will be well worth the wait, I promise!

For my first post this year, I wanted to tell you all about my début fashion show of my eponymous womenswear line, Corinne Monique, during New York Fashion Week this past February!  Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, friends, and family, and to Rogues Gallery Presents, run by the extremely talented Ron Cooke, who put on the Emerging Designer Showcase, I was able to live the dream.  It truly still feels like it might have all been just a fabulous dream and I keep having to pinch myself to remind me that the experience was real!  I was the only Canadian designer invited to show & I actually ended up closing the Showcase, which was such an honour as the other designers I showed with, Urban Masala by Sehar Peerzada, Willie Hall, Mikasa La Charles, Diane Linston, 7T7 by Tarique Tabani, and Brehon Williams, were all amazingly talented.

My Fall/Winter 2013 collection, entitled ‘The Year of the Serpent,’ was inspired by a sense of wanderlust surrounding the exoticism of the Far East and is a modern take on the Orientalism of bygone eras.  The decadent and dramatic, yet controlled collection examines the symbolism of the poisonous serpent, a mythological creature familiar to all cultures, and often a symbol of female power.  The Orient of my mind encompassed Asian locales including China, Japan, Tibet, Russia, Mongolia, Iran, Indochina, and India, with a few non-Eastern influences thrown in from other sunny faraway cultures, such as Argentina, Spain, Peru, and Mexico.  Here are a few photos of my mood/inspiration board, fabrics, including hand-felted silk, and my sketches: