Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, offered a truly inspiring collection for Spring/Summer 2012 and in our books, one of the most exciting shows during Paris Fashion Week.
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As Burton said, the collection was an exploration of ideas of beauty at their most extreme and women as objects of desire. Models had beautifully veiled eyes and expertly lace-bound heads, which immediately triggered my inspiration for illustrating some of the looks.
Featuring skirt suits, dresses with translucent chiffon and embroidered lace beneath caged corsets and wide cummerbund belts, narrow skirts pulled in tight under shapely moulded jackets and dresses that encased the bodies in gold and silver ripples, most of the 34 piece strong collection was couture rather than ready-to-wear.
Hope you enjoy my three illustrated looks from the collection… it was a hard choice as I loved it all! – Michalis Christodoulou
Michalis is a London based freelance fashion/beauty illustrator, with an academic background of scientific design and fashion art.
His illustrations are hand drawn using a variety of media, mainly distinctive mixes of ink, graphite and watercolours. Having started recently working as a professional fashion illustrator, his current work ranges from editorial, commercial and fashion advertising commissions to illustrating for fashion houses for their promotional events and press. He also collaborates with photographers, designers, stylists and artists worldwide in various projects.
He contributes regularly to fashion magazines and top listed fashion blogs, and his work has recently been featured in Twenty6 magazine, Running With Heels magazine, Illustration Rally, Amelia's Magazine, Ballad Of Magazine, Creative Boom Magazine, Un Nouveau Ideal and Mademoiselle Robot, as well as here at FocusOnStyle.com.
His work aims to capture beauty, attitude, style, mood and cool designs, and portray it in the best possible way through strong lines of ink and mixtures of watercolours. Michalis currently welcomes commissions from magazines and fashion houses for editorial work, fashion advertising and catwalk coverage. His latest work and features can be seen on www.michalischristodoulou.comhttp://www.michalischristodoulou.com