Fashionary collaborate with V&A museum in London and illustrator, Lesley Barnes to create a fashion sketchbook to celebrate the exhibition titled “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014” during 5 April - 27 July 2014.
UK Artist Lesley Barnes created a ‘concertina’ illustration inspired by Italian fashion from the 1850s, the end of the Second World War, to the present day. This was to compliment their exhibition ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion’ with the story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy’s reputation for quality and style.
The illustrations have been used on a whole host of gift products and the Fashionary sketchbook was a key piece in the collection and we decided to use the bold optical 1960s designs for its cover. This illustration was initially inspired not only by the optical mono prints of the 1960s but also by the uniforms that Pucci created for Baniff airlines (including the famous ‘bubble’ helmet). For the Fashionary cover we decided to simplify this design so it was really graphic and eye catching and that’s how we came to the final cover - two colours and optical patterns!
This special fashionary in womens edition is created exclusively for V&A and it can be purchased now at the V&A shops in London. For more information, please visit Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Shigeru Mizuki(水木 しげるMizuki Shigeru?, real name: Murai Shigeru, born March 8, 1922) is a Japanesemanga cartoonist, most known for his Japanese horror manga GeGeGe no Kitaro(which was originally titled “Hakaba Kitaro”), Kappa no Sanpei and Akuma-kun. Originally from Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture, he resides in Tokyo. His pen-name, Mizuki, comes from the time when he managed an inn called ‘Mizuki Manor’ while he drew pictures for picture story shows, a Japanese form of storytelling. A specialist in stories of yōkai (a sub-genre in Japanese horror), he is considered a master of the genre. He is also known for hisWorld War II memoirs and his work as a biographer.