madame carven

April 18, 2013 5 Comments


No, I didn't sketch that. Though how I wish I had! Isn't she lovely? My fiancé... will I ever get tired of saying that?? just returned from Paris with a vintage book of Madame Carven's 1950's era illustrations of her couture gowns for me. Do I know how to pick em or what?

Neither of us knew anything about Carven, either as a brand or as a person. I'm guessing he grabbed it for me, blind, hoping I'd enjoy it. Turns out, I'm captivated by her story... a petite woman who was frustrated by the lack of clothing designed for women her size began making gowns in the 1940s and her line blossomed into a full range of sportswear and even stewardess uniforms in the 70s. And her sketches... well they're so ladylike.

I began pouring through the book (the pictures that is, it's all en français!) and realized that part of the feminine charm of her sketches came from the way women posed in her era. Which of course is a manifestation of how women viewed themselves and fit into social culture.


They weren't exactly leaning in, they were more just leaning which ever way made their waists look the most delicate. And I don't hate it. As much as I am a proud female entrepreneur who spent two-bottles-of-wine-worth of last night's dinner conversation discussing women's roles in the balanced work place, I do love a lilting pose with the hands floating inexplicably below the chin like little doves that happen to be attached to the wrist.

I think I'm going to take a page from madame carven's book (literally) and bring some of this grace back into my figure poses.

Posted in Fashion illustrator, fiance, illustration book, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, madame carven, paris, The Sketch Book, vintage

Fashion Illustrator's Night Out

September 15, 2010 2 Comments

So I'm sure you've already heard plenty about Fashion's Night Out by now, but I thought this was too cool not to mention. Better late than never right? Flash back many many summers to when I was 14...I packed up my bags and headed off to summer arts camp to study ballet. I became fast friends with my bunk mate, Katie Rogers who was there to play the cello. Little did we know that ten years later we'd both be fashion illustrators! Today Katie is the wonderful artist behind the PAPERFASHION blog. Katie spent last Friday night as a visiting illustrator at Fashion's Night Out at Coach in New York City painting and drawing on their bags. How amazing is that!? I am so impressed by how well her style of working translated into bag art. I can hardly imagine working with cameras and lots of eyes on me while drawing on a totally new surface. Katie is truly talented and as you can see, I'm pretty proud to say we once shared a rickety old bunk up in Michigan!

Posted in Coach, Fashion illustrator, Fashion's Night Out, Katie Rogers, New York City, PAPERFASHION, The Sketch Book