Shadow Dancers soaring through the sky…
In true Cinderella spirit, I couldn’t have done this without the help of a few friends. Although instead of Jaq and Gus (and their cheery bluebird counterparts!) I tapped my incredibly talented friend, Valentina Kova, to help design the dress and bring it to life. Valentina is full of kind and infectious energy! Her designs have been worn by celebrities such as Lorde, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, and Julia Roberts.
As we were designing the gown, we decided that we must find our true life Cinderella. Without a second thought, we knew it had to be our friend Isabella Boylston. Isabella is a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater, and possibly the kindest woman we know. She radiates with magic! So much so, that she is due to perform the role of the Fairy Godmother in the American Ballet Theater’s performance of Cinderella this coming June & July in New York City.
What a dream to bring a sketch to life…
Our final dress design.
Once we designed the dress, Valentina worked her magic in bringing the gown to life. A blue silk satin dress with sheer blue organza from the chest up, complete with hundreds of hand-sewed Swarovski crystals, covered buttons, and a blue satin bow. Oh, and who could forget the crystal slippers!
At last, the dress is ready for the ball!
We then asked our whimsically talented friend and filmmaker Meagan Cignoli to take things to the next level. Meagan worked her motion magic to bring the gown, Isabella, and the Cinderella spirit to life! Isabella spinning into a beautiful blue dream with a little help from her Fairy Godmother’s… Meagan and Valentina.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
She steps into a magical place, forgetting the reality that lies behind her…
Fashion week always seems to come and go in a flash. Two fast paced weeks per year, full of fashion, beauty, style, and HAIR!
This year I teamed up with TRESemmé, the official haircare sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, to document the latest hair trends on the runway through the strokes of my paintbrush. Styles created exclusively with the TRESemmé Runway Collection for the runway!
We began with Marissa Webb at Milk Studios; scoping backstage to see the full creation of the hair from start to finish by masters of their craft. LOTS of fringe. Bands were added to complete the textured down-do. The hairstyles echoed the shapes and diverse contrast in Marissa’s seemingly effortless collection. Needless to say, the week was surrounded by a never ending supply of bobby pins.
Lily James in Elie Saab at the Cinderella Premiere… accompanied by a few friends.
Illustration inspired by Cinderella.