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Archive for May 1st, 2012|Daily archive page

Let’s Get It On…

In Daily Musings on May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I just found out that today in Washington, DC it’s Marvin Gaye Day (you can tell I’m not from here, because I should have known this).  This day was established on May 1, 1972. Marvin was given a key to the city, a motorcade procession and to top it off, a kiss from Miss Black DC.  Apparently “Marvin Gaye Day” nearly didn’t happen because according to Marvin’s biographer, Marvin had a love hate relationship with Washington, DC plus the tumultuous and difficult relationship with his father.

This week (Thu/Fri), there’s a 2 day sold out 40th anniversary concert taking place at The Kennedy Center; so to commemorate Marvin Gaye Day here are a few of his famous tracks:

What”s Going On (live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev2yO-OHc58&feature=related

Let’s Get It On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j3okb3kuts&feature=related

Mercy, Mercy Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9BA6fFGMjI

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To Illustrate With Love…

In Daily Musings on May 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’m constantly on the prowl for new and interesting subject matter to bring to you on a daily basis; because I love what I do, I’ll stay up untill the wee hours searching for that perfect something to peak your interest.  While perusing the marvelous world called the internet, I decided to research a obesssion of mine; the artist Rene Gruau, whom I absolutely love. 

Rene was a fashion illustrator in the 1940’s, drawing for the likes of  Christian Dior for whom he completed many water-coloured illustrations at the height of Dior‘s career.  Rene was also hired by Balmain, Givenchy, Elsa Schiaparelli, among many other Haute Couture designers of the time.  Rene created some of the most gorgeous original illustrations for Vogue, Elle and other magazines of the same ilk, which are now priceless artifacts.  This type of fashion illustration is something you just don’t see anymore.  Is it a lost art?  I know designers of today still illustrate to get their ideas across, but you don’t see their drawings as artwork, as  much as you see the finished product.  The designer whose illustrations I do see on a regular basis is Karl Lagerfeld.

Since Rene’s work has been on my radar for some time, his drawings will be popping up from time to time.  In the mean time here are a few of my favourite images from his catalogue of work.

 


There’s so much more, I could post all day.   Have an amazing Tuesday.

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