George Barbier, my favourite art deco fashion illustrator. "Le Jeu des Graces" roughly translates as "the game of graces", but I think looking at the drawing it is possibly "the three graces playing"or possibly "the graceful game players"? For more George Barbier click here.
Whimsical French cartoonist and illustrator Raymond Peynet was famous for his drawings of a young romantic couple. He created the character of the young poet and his fiancée in 1942 which became an instant hit all over the world. Several books of his drawings were published one of which I have called "The Lover's Keepsake". It was published in 1958 and has a forward my one of my favourite cartoonists and illustrators of all time: Ronald Searle! I have three of the illustrations from the "Lover's Keepsake" below for for your viewing pleasure!
The great American sculptor Alexander Calder made the most desirable and interesting jewellery. It is unmistakably recognisable as his work, yet it is also obviously fine jewellery. Meaning, to my mind, sometimes art jewellery can look too "forced" and clunky; it wears you rather than the other way round. I love these pieces - they are so stylish and fun!
Above is a brooch, two hair combs, a necklace, a hair pin, a tiara and a ring. He was as prolific in jewellery making as he was at making mobiles and stabiles. If you'd like to see more of his jewellery designs, here is a good place to start: Calder Foundation.
Just a night ago I watched an interesting documentary about the fashion editorial team at Vogue (USA) who work under the helm of Anna Wintour. It was called In Vogue: The Editor's Eye. Gee it was interesting! Everyone knows about Grace Coddington who was made famous by the also excellent documentary The September Issue, but this documentary looks at seven other long time editors who have as equally distinctive styles and ways of putting together a shoot as Grace does. Anyhoo, by chance I saw that it is Lewis Carroll's birthday today and I thought I'd celebrate that with Grace Coddington's beautiful Alice in Wonderland themed fashion spread she did way back in 2003. Not only is it shot by master photographer Annie Leibovitz, but it also features all the leading designers of the time which was a quirky touch that delighted many a fashionista! Can you spot Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Steven Jones, Donatella Versace and Rupert Everet (OK not a fashion designer, but there nevertheless)? It also featured Grace Coddington' favourite model at that time Natalia Vodianova. You can read Grace Coddington's account of the shoot here.