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Fashion Illustration In New York

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from “marisaland” as, in addition to my makeup and color work, I also have design and research projects so it’s been a bit hectic. However, I recently picked up an out-of-print copy of “Fashion Illustration in New York” by Pater Sato from 1985 and I immediately had to share.  I’ve always had a passion for this art form and this collection, from a time when illustrations were used in advertising just as much as models, is a true gem.  The image above by Mats Gustavson is one of my favorites, not only because I’m fond of red and purple as a color combination, but the black background has me totally captivated.  Of course, being the makeup junkie I am, I’m also completely smitten with these colorful beauty illustrations.

artist credits from top:  1, 2 &3 by David Croland, 4 & 5 by  Mats Gustavson

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Beauty Flash

It seems zombies are everywhere- in movies, prime time television and sometimes caught walking around in the streets.   They’re even invading my dreams except for there, they look like this 1992 photo taken by makeup artist Stephane Marais, included in his book, “Beauty Flash”.  Made from a compilation of Polaroids he took while at work, it features his fabulous and “over the top” makeup designs and it’s chock full of 90′s Super Models!  This is one of my favorites though, because not only am I a big fan of Kristin McMenamy, but I think she is the perfect choice to pull off such an eery, but yet beautiful look.

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Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup

I just placed an order for the most fabulous book!  “Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup” by Gabriela Hernandez is not only filled with photographs of famous starlets in glamorous looks, but also includes images of vintage cosmetics and the color palettes that were popular by era.  Ms. Hernandez is a makeup artist and cosmetics historian who did lots of research for her own makeup line called Besame Cosmetics,  which was inspired by vintage products from the 40′s, and now she is sharing it with all of us.   Thank you Gabriela!

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Rudi Gernreich

This photo is from “The Rudi Gernreich Book” and shows some of his 1965 Resort Wear Collection.  Gernreich was known for his fashion forward clothing  which used shapes, colors and non-traditional materials in new and exciting ways.   While it’s filled with many inspiring images of his designs- modeled mostly by his muse, Peggy Moffit- this is one of my favorites due to my love of all things plexiglass.  These ultra fabulous sun visors were made by accessories designer Layne Nielson and were the perfect compliment to Gernreich’s futuristic vision.  Even today, I think these outfits would cause quite a stir on the beach, don’t you?

 

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Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Victoria Finlay’s “Color: A Natural History of the Palette” is an amazing book and it not only changed the way I look at color visually, but how I value it both in a literal and spiritual sense.  It’s  truly difficult to imagine that in our modern world filled with technology, where we can create almost anything with a computer, that we cannot always make or reproduce some colors.  That’s where this book begins- with the realization of that moment by a curious little girl.

When she was only 8 years old, Ms. Finlay was on a trip with her father visiting an old cathedral.  While he is telling her about the stained glass windows being made 800 years ago, he also says,  ”and today we don’t know how to make that blue.” That shocking moment stayed with her until years later, still curious, she decided to explore places like Australia, Chile, Mexico and Afghanistan to find out where color really comes from.   What she learns and shares is beyond fascinating and  like I said- you will never look at color the same way again.

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