Good on Paper

This past week I attended a screening and discussion of the 1959 melodrama,”The Imitation of Life”  at Parson’s School of Design. The movie was amazing as were the outfits. At the end, one of the stars of the film, Susan Konher came out for Q & A.  She brought a few photos with her including a beautiful sketch by designer Bill Thomas for a dress she wore to the Academy Awards. The sketch was so enchanting, it prompted me to seek out more of his sketches like the one below.

What I love about his sketches is the sense of movement and Thomas’s use of white pencil to hightlight the folds of the fabric and the luster of the jewels.


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