“Fashion provides one of the most ready means through which individuals can make expressive visual statements about their identities”. Bennett, A. (2005) Culture and Everyday Life.
One of my major interests when I was studying Fashion in Uni was the psychology and communication behind how we dress. Most people dress in the conventionally accepted way of whichever country they’re in with various influences factoring in. It of course allows you to express yourself to some extent, often through accessories, but let’s face it, the practical jeans and a plain t-shirt being a standard example can get very boring. Never fear, though! Here’s where Fashion Subcultures come in.
As a fashion subculture 101 summary, subcultures start out with people who feel different from the “norm” and who use fashion to better reflect their personality and interests. In doing so, groups are created, and fashion takes on the form of communication to identify similar people. From these initial subcultures, other offshoots appear, such as Goth having as many as 190+ subgroups, all of which share a core basis but are tweaked to varying degrees.
My new project is an illustrated dictionary exploring World Fashion Subcultures. I keep hearing of new ones every day, so this project might take a while but I AM DETERMINED! First up is a fairly new fashion subculture which you might not have heard of.
– urbandictionary definition
The urbandictionary definition is rather scathing, so I’ll try to be a little less so. The Yuccie is the evolution of the Hipster, apparently. In fact, to many, the terms may be interchangeable, although there are small differences.
Yuccie stands for ‘Young Creative Individuals’ or ‘Young Urban Creatives’ and is better described as a merging of Hipster and Yuppie. Yuccies love vintage, they’re ethical, beards are still big news, and they might own a bakery/coffee shop/cereal bar/record shop/antique shop, but it’s more likely that they’re a Creative Director for an artsy company. Whatever they do, they’re ambitious in an artistic way. So they’re more serious, career-orientated hipsters? I really don’t know, but here are some examples to help you spot a Yuccie.
If you have a fashion subculture you’d like me to cover, please send me an email at email@example.com!
I wanted a grey, romantic desktop wallpaper, so I made one and you’re welcome to download and use it, too. The dimensions are for an iMac 27″ resolution screen. xxxx
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I was walking my two very enthusiastic dogs the other day (and when I say ‘walk’ it’s used very lightly, as I was really pulled along at high speed by my dogs :D), I got the idea to do this illustration. I managed to find a beautiful reference in Troyt Coburn’s ‘A Study in Pastel’ shoot for Marie Claire Australia June 2012 issue for the optimistically dressed lady. I don’t fancy her chances in looking so glamorous for long in those Prada shoes.
This illustration features dogs that I’ve either known or owned! My two current dogs – the white and black and gold German Shepherds – take pride of place here but will probably be outraced by my friend’s Dalmatian, Sparkle.
This one really needs to be full-sized, and there’s a link here! Thank you and I hope you have a lovely day. xxx
Personal doodle with thanks to Javier Vallhonrat, Ana Torres, Sophia Webster and flamingos.
Revisiting the great look book for Wildfox, Spring 2011, but in watercolour!
Along with the Kenzo beauty look from their S/S collection which I illustrated here, here are some other makeup looks from major designers this year so far. My overall impression of beauty from most major collections this year is there being a focus on perfect dewy skin, contouring, natural makeup and natural eyebrows, but there were a few statement exceptions which I covered here, as pops of bright colours or graphic eyeliner shapes were still fairly common. False eyelashes were (if used at all) usually very delicate and natural-looking ones apart from the 60s looking individual lashes used in the Jeremy Scott collection. The only collection were I noticed a strong eye AND strong lip was Fendi, who teamed a dramatic use of eyeliner along with a rose gold glitter lip.
I did a little write up about each look under the cut below to go into more detail. I hope that it inspires you over the summer, as a few of these are very wearable, and even some of the more theatrical looks would be great for the right occasion.
Fernanda Ly and pink roses are a marriage made in pink heaven. This was done through coloured pencil and watercolour, which is my favourite tools of the trade at the moment.
This took way too long to do but I had such a great time doing it. I tried to take a few work in progress photos (I forget to most of the time) which are on my instagram if you’re interested.
I love doing beauty illustrations, and I really wanted to do something Summery. What better than do draw a flame-haired Miss with spacebuns and freckles? This one is based on one of Vivienne Westwood’s Spring RTW beauty looks, just with a darker lip. I used Faber-Castell pencils and watercolour for the hair and spattered freckles for this one.