I recently came across the work of Carl Erickson (Eric). My dad gave me David Downton’s book ‘Masters of Fashion Illustration’ as a Christmas gift – what a fabulous book, it is so inspiring. Recently I have become increasingly interested in the world of fashion illustration and the craft of it – so much so that I intend to take a course in it over the coming weeks. Over the past number of years fashion illustration has become popular again and too right I say. Looking through Downton’s book you can’t help but be in awe of the talent of these illustrators. Eric is one illustrator in particular who caught my eye – he is probably best known for his work with Vogue & Coty cosmetics. In the 1930s a new drawing line emerged and Eric was at the forefront of this. In his book Downton also gives an insight into each of the illustrators featured and their career paths – the book is a lovely combination of both information and imagery. David Downton also features his own illustrations towards the end which are incredible. Masters of Fashion Illustration is a coffee table book to rival the best!
Photos I took of Carl Erickson’s work as featured in ‘Masters of Fashion Illustration’
I can’t believe that we forgot to post these photos from last year… Stephanie did such an amazing job styling the look of this shoot. I ♥ these images and made sure to include the look as part of my entry in the Vogue.com UK Fashion Photography Blog Competition (Photographed in natural light in London)
Styling, Make-up & Photos by Catch Coco ♥
Some pics from our shoot on Sunday.
A couple of months ago I randomly photographed Eva in Covent Garden for the Vogue street style comp. Since then we have been in touch with her, and she agreed to do a shoot for Catch Coco! Eva recently moved to London from Austria…. What a great model. Thanks Eva!Model: Eva Hebeinstreit (Tempo Models) Make up: Sarah Styling: Avril & Emma Photography: Emma Assisted by: Avril
Make up & hair for black & white photo thanks to Avril & Eva. Long story…but thanks to tube strike poor sarah had to leg it before we got to this look! Luckily Avril & model Eva stepped in and improvised, adding to Sarah’s great work!
Marie Antoinette & Versailles
I love the film ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Sofia Coppola.
It is one of my favourite films & inspired me to pursue photography. I know that historically it is not an accurate portrayal, but it nonetheless is a film that I absolutely love. Coppola’s finished work is creatively inspiring – the colours, the music, the clothes, the characters, the era…I love it all!! Annie Leibovitz subsequently did a photo shoot for Vogue which was based around the film. Shortly after watching the film I found this video on You Tube which just captures it all. Even if you have never seen ‘Marie Antoinette’ nor intend to then have a look at this . . .
Catch Coco came about as a result of this film…
A couple of months back Sarah approached me about a project that she was involved in called ‘Live Every Litre’. This project was on the lookout for people to go on a journey that they have always wanted to, but never do. This story could be based anywhere in Europe and would be filmed for a documentary. I got the thinking cap on to come up with the one place I would love to visit in Europe . . .
. . . Versailles was to be the destination with Marie Antoinette as the inspiration. After a few cups of tea with the girls it was decided – WE would tell a story in Versailles. We are all huge fans of the film and the era it is set in. Avril would be ‘Marie Antoinette’ (some people even say she looks like Kirsten Dunst!), Steph would design the clothes, we’d all bake the yummy cakes … or buy from a pâtisserie en route. I would photograph it all and Sarah would be there as part of the project!! That would be our journey – driving to Versailles and capturing our own photo shoot.
This is the image we submitted as part of our entry. . .
In the end the documentary did not happen for us . . . but out of it ‘Catch Coco was born! The four of us really enjoyed coming up with the concept of this journey. We had so many ideas brimming out of us that we decided to set up a space where we could showcase our creative ideas & much more. A trip to Versailles is still definitely on the cards so in the not too distant future there will hopefully be a Catch Coco photo shoot featuring the grounds of Versailles & the fabulous city of Paris.