So, we hope that you loved yesterday’s insight into our knitwear and soft wovens retail reports. Well, today you get a chance to get a peak inside our jersey report with an exclusive look at the original design work that we create for our subscribers.
We hope that you liked our knitwear design inspiration. Next is an insight into the original design work that can be found in our Soft Wovens report. If you’re not familiar with that term, ‘soft wovens’ are essentially formal or dressy styles in woven materials that are softly structured, but not as constructed as tailoring would be. So now you know!
We’ve decided to give you an insider peak at the design work that we add to our monthly womenswear reports. This is part of the services that we supply to the global fashion industry, sharing the brilliance that is the British fashion market. If you work in the industry and would like to know more about our reporting and consultancy services, why not contact us or your nearest agent?
We are kicking things off with the fashion illustrations and ‘flats’ from our Knitwear report, all drawn by our Creative Director…
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Last but not least is the design work from our June issue of the ‘Knitwear’ report. This report has lots of great close up shots as well as composition information so it’s a fantastically useful and practical tool for all of you knit designers, buyers and manufacturers. If you’d like to see an example report and know more about our subscription options, why not contact your nearest agent?
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We hope that you enjoyed having a look at the ‘Soft Wovens’ and ‘Denim’ design work yesterday. This morning we’re showing off jersey, and this afternoon you’ll have a bit of knitwear. The monthly product reports all run at about 40 pages, packed full of inspirational images. We also produce an ‘Overview’ reports at over 100 pages, featuring the best bits from the five category reports (knit, denim, soft wovens, jersey, print). If you’re in the industry and you need to be up to the minute on what’s hot in London, then these are a brilliant tool. Why not contact your nearest agent to find out more?
On Sunday we headed off to Somerset House to catch the Rene Gruau exhibition. It was the perfect way to end a hectic weekend. If you haven’t had the joy of seeing this exhibition yet, we’d say that it is £6 well spent on the entrance ticket. You have until the 9th January, so be sure not to miss out on this small but perfectly formed inspirational exhibition.
Before we start getting over excited about the very talented Gruau, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Somerset House team on yet another stunningly collated and presented exhibition. The Embankment Gallery space has been transformed beautifully yet again. A treat even without the joy of the exhibition itself.
On to the wonderful Rene Gruau, friend and collaborator of Christian Dior through a very formative and creative period in the famous fashion house’s development. As soon as I stepped in to the exhibition, memories flooded back of really inspirational images that I loved as a (very young) child in the 70’s. I also saw images from fashion illustration books that I had fallen in love with and aspired to replicate when studying fashion in the 90’s. I just hadn’t joined up the dots before and realized that this was all the work of one very hard working and incredibly gifted artist.
From his first commission with the newly formed house of Dior in 1947, when Gruau illustrated the first Haute Couture collection, right through creating an unmistakable visual identity for many of the Dior perfumes, up until the 80’s when Gruau produced his final images for Dior’s men’s fragrance ‘Jules’, Gruau worked tirelessly to develop his own handwriting, keep current with the times, challenge the growing use of fashion photography and inspire legions of designers and artists in the process.
I’m sure you will recognize some of the images below, and there are many, many more to be seen at the exhibition. If you couldn’t tell already, I really enjoyed my Sunday morning at Somerset House!