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Hand-Drawn and High Definition

Hand-Drawn and High Definition

Continuing with our #DVFCraft series, we take a look at the techniques, artistry, and craftsmanship behind our coveted Fall 17 Elsden print, that features in the Fall 17 campaign.

Developed from freehand sketches of lilies, anemones, and pinstripe plants—the hand of the designer being a key ingredient to Jonathan Saunders’ design process—the Fall Elsden print, an extension of our custom Summer 17 Fenelon print, is abstractly rendered. Using transparent vellum paper, the sketch is redrawn and colored using oil paint sticks. Once scanned and transferred to a computer, it is manipulated in scale, and enhanced with a graphic treatment. Appearing on silk dresses, separates, and printed leather accessories, each iteration of the print is specifically scaled for the piece on which it will appear.

Hand-Drawn and High Definition
Hand-Drawn and High Definition

Inspired by New York’s underground revolutionary artists of the 1970s and the unique palette they were drawn to, as well as the rare and unexpected color combinations of centuries-old Japanese kimonos, the Elsden print is composed in exotic colorways—a pastel pink, paired with an unconventional blue, as just one example—and printed onto silk, miniature sequins, and leather thigh-high boots for ready-to-wear.

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