I went to the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the VMFA with Grace. I'm very interested in fashion and wish that I could design it, or even just figure out cute outfits of my own, but unfortunately all I can do is look at it. The difficulty of fashion design was really brought to my attention at this exhibit, because it had a wall of Yves Saint Laurent's sketches and planning. I didn't take any photos of them, but maybe somebody else in the class went and took pictures of those.
I mainly took photos of the pieces that appealed to me and that I would wear (the suits! I loved those suits. The flowers and frills and cosmic pins!) but also took photos of outfits that reminded me of my original characters. I thought I could draw my characters in those outfits maybe. The black lace dress with pink bows reminded me of Astrid, and the gold/black leafy outfit and gold/black geometric outfit reminded me of Liao Xifeng.
So, the exhibit was helpful for that. I always am in need of ideas, so while my main struggle is just WHAT to draw (or particularly, what do I draw the person doing?) it's helpful to have an outfit established, especially one that I feel suits the person in the drawing. Some of the pieces at the show were also definitely haute couture ("high fashion" [not meant for wearing on the street, meant purely for artistic purposes]) so that was cool to see, because the artistic side of fashion often gets overlooked by people not in the industry. I think everybody loved that one yellow drapey dress (I didn't get a picture of it), because I saw it on instagram and I know Grace loves it, and with things like that I'm just very impressed. How do designers manage to shape the fabric exactly how they do? It's like sculpture. So cool.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School