Have you ever had the time to stop and look at the stars in the night sky?
There are countless stars and heavenly bodies to be gazed upon. You can just sit there and watch those tiny little dots have form and take life through your imagination. To be honest, it wasn’t really far off with Fashion Illustration.
According to the book “Fashion Illustration for Designers” by Kathryn Hagen, drawing or fashion illustration is the tool that facilitates communication between fashion visionaries and their support team. It also engages those who can help introduce and market design ideas to the world, namely the press, store buyers, backers, and so on.
Like I said earlier, fashion illustration wasn’t far off with the stars in the night sky. To elaborate more clearly, “Fashion illustration” is like the constellations we make up with our mind, the heavenly bodies are each sectors comprising fashion industry (pattern-making, production, manufacturing, sales, etc.), and Fashion Industry itself is the whole galaxy. Fashion Illustration is the invisible cord that connects everything in the industry. Without fashion illustration, fashion industry wouldn’t have vision. If the fashion industry don’t have any vision, it would collapse and be sucked into oblivion.
And speaking of stars… Have you ever watch “Star Wars”? Well, lately I did. I watched the first episode, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. At first I thought that I wouldn’t like it, but I actually did!
In the movie, the costumes were very magnificent. Every clothing in each scenarios and nations were diverse and distinct at the same time.
Diversity and Intricateness of Queen Amidala’s Wardrobe:
What struck me the most was (Padme) Queen Amidala’s wardrobe. In fact, I always awaits what she will wear on the next scene, because it seems like her wardrobe is bottomless. In the picture above, Padme wears two very different clothing, but both was worn when she was pretending to be the (decoy) Queen’s errand girl. The two were very different in inspiration: the left one is most probably a based on British peasant outfits and the other one is based on a Persian one. On the other hand, her outfits here gives off a royal vibe. The costume is very elegant and the ornaments are intricate. Her clothing here is probably inspired by ancient oriental and Asian empires.
Social Class and Group Identification was also shown in the costumes used in the movie: Royalties and characters who has a high standing in the society wear headdress and colorful clothing, as shown in the picture above. While, slaves only wore robes in neutral colors, probably inspired by Jewish-enslavement Era (1750 B.C.).
The Jedi Knights wore robes in brown color atop another one in neutral color.
The Gungan Race wore costumes which were probably inspired by ethnic tribes.
The Naboo race is the most diverse of all. The city and soldiers’ costume looks Greek-inspired, the Queen’s attire looks like Asian, and the ladies-in-waiting’s clothing looks like Persian.
But what is the relevant of these characters and their clothing in Fashion Illustration?
Fashion industry could not move forward without a vision. And that vision is supplied through fashion illustration. Star Wars wouldn’t be successful if the visionaries hadn’t designed Queen Amidala’s numerous costumes, or the Jedi Knights’, or anybody else’s attire. The same goes in our daily life, the clothes we wear, and the personality we speak through it.
So next time we look in the night sky and see the stars, I hope we will remember the importance of Fashion Illustration to our lives.
Hagen, Kathryn. (2011). Fashion Illustration for Designers. (Pg. xi.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
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