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This has been such a historic year for plus size fashion. From the plus model feature on the cover of Elle Quebec to the first plus runway show at New York Fashion Week, plus fashion has continued to gain ground inside the realm of straight fashion.
Eden Miller showed her spring/summer 2014 Cabiria collection at NYFW this month, which garnered a lot of attention and praise. It was a small collection and unfortunately it didn’t feature the excellent FEATHERS print, which is my favourite Cabiria dress (illustrated above). But the runway did showcase other great fabrics, fun prints, and chic details, and proved that Miller has the effortless knack of combining comfort with elegance. I’m looking forward to her next line already.
I would love to see more plus size collections at straight size events. Cabiria is a strong collection, but my only critique is that the silhouettes were very traditional for plus dresses. Flattering? Of course – I can easily see myself buying and loving one or more of these flirty dresses. Risky runway extravaganza? Not quite. One of the things I love about straight fashion shows is the over the top drama, and I would be thrilled to see more risks taken with plus runway at future fashion weeks across the globe.
The weather for most of September has been breezy and cool in Montreal – autumn is definitely here.
But the last two days have been muggy and hot and full of sudden thunder storms, so I couldn’t resist one more summery plus size illustration. Enjoy this last look at hot summer days!
I love watching belly dancers perform. The costumes are wonderful and the dancing is so interesting. Recently I watched season one of Project Belly Dance, a fun reality show on the search for America’s next top belly dancer. It inspired me to draw another plus size dance illustration!
Last year I drew a bright and colourful plus size belly dancer that I named Sabihah (“beautiful” in Arabic). One thing I love about belly dancing is that it really embraces different female body types – there are many plus size dancers out there who are proud to dance in these beautiful costumes and to continue this ancient cultural tradition.
Meet Aymelek, a tribal belly dancer. Her name means “moon angel” in Turkish. I love the black and green costume that I drew for her, with pops of red accents in her hair, the scarves fluttering at her waist, and her dancing shoes.
This is another illustration from the long weekend- it was a productive holiday! All holidays should be spent doing something you love, I think.
For some reason, I was thinking of Maid Marian from Robin Hood while I was drawing this, so that’s where her name comes from! Marian is wearing a pink striped dress with a floral fabric brooch, and she has a lovely oversize purple cardigan. I based the pose and general look on this beautiful photograph.
Marian is my third illustration added to my new Etsy shop (Emily in my last post was the first illustration to open the shop), so check her out if you would like to buy a print. I’m gradually adding more to the store, I know it looks quite bare at the moment.
Canada Day and the long weekend has come and gone- three lovely days of sunshine and relaxation here in Montreal. The weekend before was also a long weekend (St Jean Baptiste), so I feel doubly lucky- but it certainly makes it tougher to go back to 5 day work weeks!
Over the weekend I did some drawing and painting. In fact, I dedicated most of Monday to art, putting in some long hours in my wicker chair, drinking home-made iced coffees, pencils and brushes in hand. I’ve been drawing more original sketches, and I’ve decided to give them names. So… meet optimistic Emily, ready for summer in a lemony yellow sundress with daisy-embellished shoes.
It’s no secret that I love roller derby. I’m usually not a big sports fan unless it’s the Olympics (I cannot wait until the London games), but I discovered roller derby last summer and had a great time. Tonight I’m going to see a double header game featuring the local Montreal teams. To get in the mood, I watched Whip It last weekend- and it was better than I expected.
One thing I thought was interesting about the teams that I saw last year was that there were a fair number of curvy girls playing the sport. I had expected small fast players who could speed around the rink, but I hadn’t realized that there were almost as many larger ladies who were true powerhouses in the arena. I sat down this afternoon with my sketchbook to capture the strength and style of the derby girls.
I used the photo in this article as a reference sketch for the pose and gear, but the below artwork is not intended as an illustration of that particular athlete.
Every time I look at Domino Dollhouse, I think of roller derby. I went to a few of the Montreal games last year and loved it. Not only was there a lot of action on the track, there was a lot of fashion in the stands. Mostly it was hipster kids, rockabilly gals and lesbian chic- always an interesting mix!
One of my favourite outfits from the Domino Dollhouse Rebel Rebel line is this ensemble: striped denim vest, lingerie top, polka dot skirt. Most of their ensembles cater to a niche clientele, but there’s a lot of individual pieces on their site that could work well with any wardrobe.
I was reading Plus Model Magazine last week and saw their post about plus size swimwear, specifically for size 24 and up. As a size 22/24 I was immediately intrigued! There are some great brands featured in the article, and a lot of flattering styles.
One of my favourite looks was from Sorella Swim, so I checked out their website and found many lovely bathing suits that I wish I could order right now for my trip to the East Coast in August. And that’s saying a lot, as I usually I dread bathing suit shopping.
Here’s a sketch of the Sorella Shoulder Tankini from their 2012 Lookbook. I’m always a fan of gathers, and this suit delivers it big time!
It’s been ten days since I picked up the watercolours. That’s not really be a long time, but I’m still a painting novice so to me it felt like forever. I was a little worried that I would forget any technique that I’ve been brushing up on in the last few weeks. Thankfully it wasn’t that bad, though I struggled with colour mixing.
I certainly need more painting practice and I won’t get it by pencil sketching, much as I love it!
This photo of Velvet d’Amour jumped out at me recently as I was searching for plus size inspiration photos. It’s a great pose and a fun outfit, and I really like that it’s upside down. Her photography website, Velvetography, has a lot of interesting photos that might also inspire future sketches.
This is the last post of plus size bridal week. I know, it’s Monday- I meant to start another project today. It’s just been really fun drawing these beautiful wedding gowns!
This is an illustration of Sincerity bridal gown #4527, from the Elderberry Bridal Plus website. I love a lot of the gowns featured in the Sincerity line- they are so romantic and delicate, very feminine.