Happy weekend lovely people! What are your plans for the weekend? I actually plan to get a lot of painting done this weekend, wish me luck. Today I'm sharing one of my most recent fashion illustration. The medium is coloured pencil on paper with a touch of markers. The dress illustrated is a cocktail dress. You know I always wondered where the term cocktail dress came from. I knew it probably has to to do with cocktails and parties but I just had to look this term up. It turns out that cocktail dresses became popular after WW1. Once women began to work the same jobs as men, companies started to encourage socializing between employers by hosting cocktail parties. A cocktail dress became a practical item that can be worn to any kind of meeting in the afternoon. All you needed is to adjust your accessories to suit the occasion. In 1920, it became a popular choice for the elite.
Cocktails dresses not only survived the economic crises, but benefited from it. Day to evening wear became popular. A simple cut dress that can be dressed up with a few accessories became precious. Now, that I think of it, it is still true. Cocktail dresses are still easy to dress up and down. Their rise to popularity makes perfect sense. It is a small wonder that cocktail dress have remained so popular. After all, what is more practical that a cocktail dress? Do you own one? Do you wear it often? Do you find cocktail dresses easy to style? Do you think these kind of dresses are perfect for special occasions. I own a few cocktail dresses. In fact, to draw this illustration, I used one of my photographs as a reference. The dress I was wearing on that occasion was black. However, I would love to own a blue cocktail dress hence this fashion illustration. Another reason why I had used my own photograph as a reference is that I like fashion illustrations that capture movement. These kind of fashion illustrations can be more challenging to draw but also more fun. With a simple illustration, a bit of a challenge is always good.
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