The Runway Illustrated: Marchesa Fall 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Runway Illustrated is what I hope to be the bread and butter series of Brushstroke a la Modé.  I will be illustrating some of my favorite looks from the runway and talking about how some of my favorite designers have changed my perception of fashion.  This week, I’m starting with my all time favorite lady-team, Marchesa.  

Marchesa is one of those collections that I can’t wait to explore every season.  I started stalking Marchesa on the runway in college and would say they were a great inspiration to my aesthetic in design school.  Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman have such a unique eye for the modern-day Cinderella in all of us.  At a time when fashion has veered from conventional femininity, Marchesa has stayed true to their vision, celebrating the female figure with intricate detailing and voluptuous silhouettes.

One thing I love about Marchesa is their affinity for fashion illustration.  They’ve had artists like Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion illustrate live for their bridal presentations as well as for their social media accounts.  They also share fan artwork with the tag #marchesafanfriday on their Instagram on Fridays.  It’s so exciting to see designers with a real appreciation for fashion illustration. 

The look that caught my eye from Fall 2017 was a romantic lavender gown with soft feather details.  The oversized draped bow is delicate in combination with gorgeous embroidery and embellishment giving the look a true Marchesa romance.  I love illustrating such intricate details in a gown as it brings such dimension and contrast to the finished artwork.

If there are designers you’d like to see illustrated in the future, please let me know in the comments.

You can see my final illustration featured this month on DrawADot.


  1. Yas! So beautiful and can't wait to see more! Xoxo CLW


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