I was so psyched to get an email from Marcus at Fusion of Effects asking me to contribute more art to Dolce & Gabbana’s online luxury magazine, Swide. I’ve been featured on Swide a few times before- “Illustration That Rocks The Runway”, “SS 2012 Womenswear Collection”, “Illustrating Love”, and a really fun feature all about Lace!
Anyway! Marcus asked me to do some illustrations of the amazing Marilyn Monroe dressed in Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2012 collection. This was seriously one of the most fun projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on. I was obsessed with Marilyn back in my high school days- even to the point of lip-syncing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in front of my bedroom mirror from time to time. Ha, I can’t believe I just admitted that to the public. Oh well, I was a sixteen year old art & fashion geek into old movies. Back to the point…Marilyn was so full of beauty & wit that she’s been emulated a zillion times by fans across the globe. Timeless, lovely beauty.
It was a hard task narrowing down outfits & iconic Marilyn poses- if I had the time I would have done ten more! (Add that to my personal projects to-do list!) I chose some of my favorite pieces to add to her sexy sweet poses. It was incredible fun dressing Marilyn in today’s looks- the collection is filled with lace & embroidery & ruffles- gorgeous & girly! I like to think that Marilyn would be delighted to wear these beautiful garments.
The illustration above is one of my faves. It’s inspired by one of Marilyn’s most iconic poses from the very first issue of Playboy Magazine in December 1953. I chose an intricate corset to illustrate, along with those shoes…those gorgeous shoes! I wanted a pose that would really show those beauties off, and this was it. I inked in some classic Marilyn quotes & that one just sums it up perfectly- Conquer the world she certainly did!
Please check out the rest of the art & interview here!
“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”- MM