Monthly Archives: November 2010

FIG and The Mayor Gallery

FIG – or Fashion Illustration Gallery – promotes and sells the works of fashion illustrators. Last night was the private viewing for their latest exhibition – International Textiles.

The “fashion illustrator’s illustrator”, Rene Gruau (1909-2004) was the artist in focus, and it was his brilliant work that adorned the inner walls of  The Mayor Gallery.

Prosecco, expensive water, and vivid colours followed.

Rightly or wrongly, I chose against the flash. It’s so much more pleasant working without one, but there are always compromises – like consistent exposure, skin tones and bloody white balance. But still…it’s a long learning curve.

Samata Angel

His name escapes me

The younger FIG people

Bip Ling and her father - two of the FIG guys

 

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Lulu Kennedy

A few weeks back, a lovely little lady allowed me access to a rather interesting studio – number 148 Brick Lane. In this studio, a small group of dedicated fashionistas work away in what seems to me a face-paced and relentless industry. Welcome to Fashion East.

Lulu Kennedy is the boss and it was her interview I came along to cover. Bip Ling put down the questions while Lulu returned the answers; they discussed Lulu & Co – a new sister project to celebrate Fashion East’s 10th birthday.

It was intriguingly enjoyable – even if most of what was said eluded my comprehension.

Welcome to Fashion East, but first meet Bip:

One of Lulu's team

Lulu

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