Strike a Pose for Illustration Possibilities

I recently bought some Dover books of paper dolls and fashion to use as references for drawing:

Poiret Fashion Review Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney
Great Fashion Designs of the Belle Epoque, Paper Dolls in Full Color : 30 Haute Couture Costumes, 1890-1919, by Worth, Paquin, Lanvin and others by Tom Tierney
140 Great Fashion Designs, 1950-2000, CD-ROM & Book
Pictorial Encyclopedia of Historical Costume : 1200 Full-Color Figures by Albert Kretschmer and Karl Rohrbach.

Interestingly, I have some costumes illustrated by Albert Kretschmer on several playing cards in my collection as well. Albert Kretschmer was the painter and costume designer of the Royal Theater of Berlin, and the illustrations were originally published in 1882, but are now in the public domain apparently.

As yet, I haven’t referenced these in my own illustrations, but I did pair one in Photoshop with a mandala that I had previously drawn for a review of the card deck Mirrors of the Heart by Lily S. May.

Mandalas and fashion: one of those associative leaps that are so valuable to creativity. Either that or I felt a big hair day coming on. Strike a pose.


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