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Issey Miyake

I’m in the process of writing a research paper on Issey Miyake and so excited that my first stop for information is my very own library and a book by Mark Holborn on this innovative designer.   The bright colors and the blurred focus of this photo make it my favorite of the of the “Flying Saucer” dress from the Spring/Summer 1994 collection.   In its unworn state, it looked somewhat like a flattened lantern and artfully fit over the body like a slinky.

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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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The Pepper Outfit

Christian Dior is my favorite designer of all time and I go to every costume exhibit that features his ultra-feminine silouettes.  In this photo, his  ”Pepper Outfit”, nicknamed because of the cap, is a powerful look and very exciting for its head to toe use of one shade of red.

photo from “The New Look: The Dior Revolution” by Nigel Cawthorne

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