Classically Robed

Dress – Banana Republic Roland Mouret Collection   Blazer – Banana Republic   Necklace & Gloves- Vintage   Heels- Dolce Vita

Classic beauty attracts attention in the slightest approach into a professional forum. For decades, a suit blazer has transformed a woman’s wardrobe for an entrance into a male-dominated world.  While women concealed their breast to blend into the professional male culture, others find a method of ‘shoulder robing’ to fit both worlds. A verb, which best defines wearing a jacket without placing your arms through the sleeves, but instead resting the specific garment on your shoulders. A similar approach to shoulder robing is known as a cape.
Shoulder robing has added a sense of nonchalant style while providing an option to one’s garment with a combined coverage. One of the earliest purveyors of a lady-like silhouette was portrayed in Niagara, 1953 by Marilyn Monroe. The diverse actress displayed the established 1950’s silhouette that consisted of a wrapped midi-skirt, silk chemise along with a muted grey shoulder-robed jacket.

A Story through Illustration with The Daily Fashion Project

For more than a decade the expression “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single image.  In years past a similar phrase, “One look is worth a thousand words”, appeared in the 1913 newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio.

For others like Matthew Miller, an illustrator from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta entwined his appreciation for men’s fashion within a blog format entitled, The Daily Fashion Project.  Inspired by the mixture of art and Menswear, Miller or better known as ‘Sunflowerman’ finds fashion as a way humans interact with the world and stories they share.  With the misplacement of society an individual can become lost in the shuffle of brand names, social media and life itself. Miller urges others to ask the question of whom these individuals are, what struggles and triumphs they have overcome or achieved along with their reasoning for what they wear.  With The Daily Fashion Project Miller gathers these enriched stories distributing them through a new perspective, with an illustration.

View my story through illustration here.

An Acquired Collection

Dress – The Limited   Hat & Jewelry – Vintage (Doris Alexander)   Gloves – Vintage   Heels- Kate Spade

Over the years, the practice of wearing a hat has become a statement. From its introduction being used as a uniform accessory, the hat has widely been accepted today as an art form. In fashion, a hat is a noticeable accessory with a dated phrase, “If you want to get ahead and get noticed, get a hat.” An advertising slogan, by Dunn & Co. A hat maker, which debuted in the UK in the 1940s where most men still wore hats, caps, or bowlers. In a current era where hats are not implied to one’s overall ensemble, I find a hat adorned in feathers, a veil or garnished in exquisite materials to add a subtle touch of a ladylike silhouette.

The afternoon of May 12, 2014, my life changed with the placement of a black veiled pillow box hat dating back to 1956. An heirloom handed down from Justina Andrade to her grandson, being stored as a collection, which she had acquired during the heyday of her life. During the preparation for a previous photo shoot for Diablo Magazine, Rich felt a sense of pride, as he adjusted and fitted his grandmothers hat to my current day ensemble. The adornment which overwhelmed me, I now refer to as an honoring essence.Until one can appreciate an era gone by, one may never understand the historic steadfast these particular accessories bestow. Certainly, the presence felt by a forgotten vintage object has an unbroken method of sharing its story.


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