It was around Noon, I think, and he dropped me off near the lookout so he could park and I could snap before the wind blew the scene further away. I noticed how beautiful the sun, clouds and water and green- forest trees all worked together to make this beautiful scene. One of my favorite places on this earth. So grateful for my Man and his endearing ways. And especially thankful for the chance to see another fine creative work of our Creator 🙄
IWISH YOU WERE HERE..!
WALLIS - Window Displays in London Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and Kensington 1976…!
I created this series of illustrations to compliment a new fashion range from Wallis and to be used as part of the marketing campaign in window displays all over London.
It was the beginning of summer, the sun was shining and excitement was in the air. Wallis was launching a spring / summer collection, the garments were brightly coloured, light and plain. The concept was to celebrate the arrival of this new collection with giant postcards, creating intrigue and interest. Originally I’ve got the concept idea for this particularly project was from a friend’s summer holiday postcard, which I’ve received previously, saying....“I wish you were here”
After receiving the garments at my studio, I spent sometime visualizing ideas and layouts. I began looking through catalogues for suitable fashion models, which I could bring to life through illustration that would complement the garments.
I wanted to emphasize movement and the feeling of being lively, so I used electric fans to create this effect. I accessorized the models, suggested the hairstyles and set different poses, then began sketching, adding details and textiles. I was limited to one colour due to cost; I chose bright sky blue to capture the mood of the moment. My figure drawings were enlarged to life size using photography, and then glued onto boards with large matching envelopes.
Window displays are extremely important for any fashion company, as their sole purpose is to captivate and entice the consumer. I very much enjoyed this creative challenge during this iconic period in London. The campaign was an outstanding success, and I went onto create a number of window displays for Wallis and various other fashion houses…!
"The Originals of these illustrations are have been Archived in Victoria & Albert Museum."
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