Have you read Kevin Kwan’s novel ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? It offers a witty, satirical glimpse into the inside world of ultra-wealthy Asian families. The fun, generally light-hearted and slightly voyeuristic tone makes it the kind of book you’d want to read on the beach in summer. ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is about to be adapted into a Hollywood movie, and the third book in the series, ‘Rich People Problems’, will be released in May.One detail I particularly liked was the description of Astrid’s (one of the main characters) outfits. As an heiress of an old-money family, Astrid is quite the fashionista with exquisite taste to match her enormous wallet. “…embroidered Alexis Mabille white peasant blouse with the pearl-gray Lanvin cigarette pants and her new VBH earrings. The thing about those earrings was that they looked so over the top, everyone would think they were costume jewelry. They actually dressed down the whole outfit.”
—Crazy Rich Asians
Vintage wedding dresses are fascinating to look at. It’s fun to observe how the silhouettes and fabrics evolve through the decades, from a lacy Edwardian confection to a sleek sixties wedding day coat.
Inspired by the period fashion in Downton Abbey, one of my favourite costume dramas, I did a watercolour painting of the bridal looks. Notice how Rose’s wedding ensemble is the most youthful (for that time) with its flapper-inspired touches like the dazzling embellishment and looser cut.
Here’s an amazing sixties wedding dress found on Mill Crest Vintage. Love the combination of a fitted, heavily-beaded bodice with a simple column/ slightly-flared skirt.
I’ve always been fascinated by the stunning lines created by ballerinas, ever since I watched a Swan Lake performance as a child. Ballet as a subject has been explored by artists like Edgar Degas, who capture the grace, elegance and movement of the dance. I played with using minimal, gestural lines in watercolour to depict the fluidity and extension of the ballerina’s limbs.