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.
While the women of the 1940’s to 1950’s were deprived of the latest fashion garments due to wartime regulation, which limited the amount of fabric that could be manufactured. A practical template consisting of emblematic wide-shoulders, a slim-waist and narrow-hips, a silhouette of the 1940’s had been established.
When asked of a specific year of an era gone by that enriched my personal style aesthetic I effortlessly state, “February 1947, with Christian Dior’s first collection entitled, New Look.” As an adolescence, my memories of afternoons staring at a collection of silver plated frames that all possess memories of a past era of elegances and grace. A worn photograph taken in August of 1950 displays a moment in time which strides to resign as an enriched remembrance, Taylor Street. A street in San Francisco that my grandparent’s strolled in such happiness after they exchanged vows gives the traditional wedding attire a variation. A tailored wool gabardine suit accented with cloth buttons, takes advantage of a current color of the era. In much respect of the era, to behold a garment enriched in such a matter is relatively a gift.Perhaps the most foreseen question lies with my grandmother’s choice to choose blue rather than the traditional color palette of white. Conversing with my mother over a cup of tea, I discovered my grandmother desired to wear the same color which my grandfather had chosen. She also explained due to financial difficulties, neither one could afford to purchase an elaborate dress for such an occasion. My grandmother was known as a simple woman who provided for those who were in need, giving rather than receiving. She solely distilled such an era of grace and humbleness to my life from her physical affection, to her bestowed collection of costume jewelry.
In loving memory of Robert & Doris Alexander
Every month since 1979, the highly recognized staff of Diablo Magazine produces context that provides their San Francisco, East Bay (Central Contra Costa, Oakland and Berkeley Hills and throughout the Tri-Valley area) demographic a personal insight on topics that range from travel, culture, style, entertainment and food.
The latest issue of their Pleasanton/Livermore “City Book Series”, as well as their “Best in the East Bay” annual issue, I’ve had the pleasure to sit down with Caitlin McCulloch, Style Editor where we discussed my involvement with the Simon Style Setter program, my aesthetic featuring a vintage inspired style of the 1950’s and appreciating what our local East Bay market has to offer.
Having achieved this timeless opportunity to have been involved with an award-winning publication can only be seen as a tremendous blessing. View the entire interview here.