Fashion From Old People
November 30, 2010 10:44 AM   Subscribe

Artists Vera Brosgol (previously) and Emily Carroll (also previously) have made a project out "Interpreting photos of outfits into drawings of outfits."

With inspirational sources that range from vintage fashion plates to museum pieces, both women use their distinctive but complimentary styles to breathe life into stiffly-displayed clothing.
posted by Narrative Priorities (11 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I wasn't originally impressed by the concept, but in practice it's quite lovely -- they do nice work.
posted by theredpen at 10:57 AM on November 30, 2010

I like!
posted by The Whelk at 10:58 AM on November 30, 2010

It's remarkably lively!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:12 AM on November 30, 2010

My favorite part of this is that somehow the illustrations give the garments life and context. They seem more "real" in art form than they do in the photographs.
posted by annekate at 11:34 AM on November 30, 2010

How charming!
posted by SLC Mom at 11:36 AM on November 30, 2010

How interesting this popped up on Metafilter-- my friend L. showed it to me last night. The drawings have a great deal of charm and energy. Though I do wish that they will start drawing older styles, like anything before 1780. Ancient, medieval, or renaissance styles would be especially interesting.
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 11:47 AM on November 30, 2010

Thanks for the post! I wish we still had occasion to wear some of these pieces.
posted by Cheminatrix at 11:59 AM on November 30, 2010

This is magnificent. There is an entire, fully-formed story in my head just from the drawing.
posted by The Bellman at 11:59 AM on November 30, 2010

Oh, oh, oh, I love this so much.

I just took a course in fashion sketching at the local tech college, just for fun, I've been pretty stressed out and needed to do something frivolous. At the end after we'd developed our skills a little bit we were encouraged just to go nuts with drawing, and I ended up drawing all my favorite outfits in my own closet. It was really fun to take such familiar objects and pick and choose which details would make them come to life, and it's fun to see other people do an even better job with a similar aim.
posted by padraigin at 12:13 PM on November 30, 2010

this is exceedingly charming.
posted by sawdustbear at 1:53 PM on November 30, 2010

These are terrific. Just wonderful. I like both artists' drawing styles--they complement each other nicely.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:09 PM on November 30, 2010

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