pink — amy thomsonBack
Jennifer Lee O'Brien
In October 2012, The City Talking produced the first Leeds Digital Fashion Week (LDFW). The idea was to use digital platforms to tell stories from Leeds’ fashion scene. We wanted to create the right conditions for talent to stay in the city and achieve their ambitions here.
The sixth volume of LDFW takes place from 16th — 20th of October 2017. We asked a few of our favourite illustrators and photographers to make work based on the feeling of colour and to tell us about it.
AMY THOMSON, the colour pink
I am a fashion design graduate from Leeds College of Art, specialising in womenswear. My interest is blurring the lines between fashion design and illustration, using fashion as a canvas for art to tell a narrative. My graduate collection contains illustrations based on muses that didn’t feel like the usual stereotype of beauty, with designs that represented each character. I enjoy to draw ugly faces in a beautiful way.
The first illustration is inspired by fashion designer Molly Goddard, I interpreted the colour pink into the idea of romance, femininity and fantasy. Here I illustrated two key pieces of her Resort 18 collection that I felt interpreted these ideals and perceptions of the colour pink. Large scale, full-shaped, detailed tulle dresses are Molly’s signature look. I chose Molly as her designs really represent childhood perceptions of femininity, relating back to the idea of pink being a childhood safe colour. Molly Goddard’s designs never fail to amaze me and are a huge inspiration to my fashion work.
The second illustration is inspired by the brand Shrimps, a recent product of their AW17 collection. Shrimps focus on ideals of childlike perceptions; they create characters that are relatable and tell a narrative through their garments. I referenced the colour pink linking back to childhood memories. AW17 characters are illustrated around the garment, a pink fur coat and tulle dress that is every young girl’s dream. I chose Shrimps as they are my favourite fashion brand and an inspiration for my work.
Originally published in The City Talking: Fashion, Vol. 2
Illustrations by: Amy Thomson