project1Clockwise from Top Left: 1. Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture 2. Maison Marton Margiela AW13 Haute Couture 3. Vintage Vogue 1969 Photographed by Bert Stern 4. Balenciaga Fall 2013 5. Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2007 6. Dior Pre-Fall 2013

Have any of you ever taken a class through SkillShare? I don’t even remember how I heard about it but I happened to stumble upon the site and unknowingly subscribed to their emails which have been showing up every other week in my inbox for the past 2-3 years. And while my typical habit is to delete them without even giving the subject a glance, I actually opened one up today.

With the date of my first sewing class drawing near (one more week!!), I have been trying to immerse myself, more than ever, into all things fashion. With the expectation that this college level class will provide me with the skills and confidence to begin to tackle simple to intermediate sewing projects, I’ve been scouring YouTube for videos on fashion illustration. Although I can’t create the garments quite yet, I would like to be able to get my ideas down on paper.

So back to my email. SkillShare, a mostly online, super affordable, learning community, sent me an advertisement for a class called Paper Fashion: Illustrating Your Favorite Runway Looks. Taught by Katie Rodgers, the incredibly talented watercolor artist behind the blog, Paperfashion.net, the class is geared towards those interested in illustrating high fashion looks. For only $20, I will learn how to find inspiration, what materials to use, how to create a base sketch, how to apply the watercolors, and finally, how to add special finishing touches to make my work look unique and make the garments come to life. There are video guides, written sources, and feedback from both the instructor and fellow students from around the world. As the class is online, I think enrollment is unlimited and can be taken at your own pace.

My first task is to find five to seven runway looks. So far, the accompanying photos above are my picks. It’s so difficult to not go for all the dresses! But I had to throw in one pair of pants, for learning sake. Now off to the store for a few supplies! I’m also going to the Met tomorrow to check out the Punk-Chaos to Couture exhibit so these photos are subject to change! Definitely keep an eye out for a post-Met review! And stay tuned to follow my progress and see my final results!! And if you’re interested in Skill Share, check out their site. They have classes ranging from fashion, design, branding and technology, to culinary arts, entrepreneurship, writing and more. Tons of super cheap education is waiting for you!!


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