I love Easter as it always played an important role in our family,Mom being Armenian Orthodox and our family living in a Catholic part of Switzerland.. traditions influence...However Easter in South Africa was like in England..all about the chocolates..oh and the outfits my grandmother sewed for me...
Remember these trousers? I remember them being called 'knickerbox'..not sure
that's correct.Quite a cool picture my dad took..
My Aunt lived in Geneva and sent us 'European' clothing which was always really exciting and different as there wasn't much choice at the time.We always traced our feet and for shoe sizes and fit.
I love the stitching my grandmother used as a detail on this dress she made me. I would even wear it today...I'll have to give the headgear a miss though...
It's been a while since I've been to the National Portrait Gallery in London and realised what a profound
experience it is. A glimpse into an individuals life captured and portrayed. All the different face expressions glaring back at you. I'm inspired by our different features and what makes us unique, what gives us character, what is beautiful and what is not. I try to explore these ideas in my fashion illustrations
The current exhibiton of Ida Kar was alluring. Her style of photography could be compared to the amazing Selby of today, where artists/individuals are documented in their natural surroundings. I feel I could understand why she would be drawn to portraying personalities, as for me storytelling was such a big part of my Armenian side as a child and until today. I'm very happy that Ida Kar has finally been given the recognition she deserves at the National Portratit Gallery in London and I'm proud she is Armenian too!
Ida Kar self portrait
Drawing of Ida Kar by S.Stepanian pencil and ink 1957
Photos from Le Quartier St. Ives she documented for Tatler 1961