As you well know, we are inspired by fashion and most of all when there is a story behind it. Without a story, often there is no soul.
Samia always loved Martine’s illustrations and she actually noticed our post about Sylvia Toledano. Samia got into contact with Martine and since we at Frenchonista have a category for illustrations on our blog, we could not let this one pass!!
The story of Martine and Bruno is like a fairytale where two good forces meet: Fashion and Art. In this fairytale there’s no witch, no big bad wolf, but two amazing and sensitive people who were born artists and who recognized and enhanced each others talents. By cooperating they managed to create something very special, almost magical. And that’s how the book “Haute Couture” was born.
Martine Brand is a dutch (!) Illustrator, who used to be a fashion model and met photographer Bruno Bisang through her work. She became his muse and he encouraged and inspired her to develop her talents as an illustrator. He recognized her talent from the day they met. Together they decided to create the book “Haute Couture” that is for sale in all the most fashionable warehouses in the world. The book, containing highly inspirational fashion illustrations and photographs, is a must-have for your coffee table. It is published by Michel Haddi studio and distributed worldwide by Comag (a joint venture of Conde Nast and National Magazine Company).
We simply love Martine’s illustrations and would like to show you a few on our blog. The drawings are hovering somewhere between reality and dreamland, and that’s somewhere we all want to be!
Renowned Swiss photographer Bruno Bisang’s photography is true art. It’s not the classic fashion photography you see in most magazines. By looking at his photos you don’t just see the beauty of the model. It goes way beyond that, you really see the people, and there’s movement and emotion. No coincidence I just read in an interview that he was inspired by Italian neo-realism films of the 50s and 60s and no wonder that magazines like Vogue want to work with him and people like Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Linda Evangalista, Helena Christensen, Karin Mulder, Monica Belluci and Yasmeen Ghauri chose to be photographed by him. The photographs and the illustrations go hand in hand, blend in with each other and tell us a story we want to read, with our eyes and mind, again and again.
You will definitely be able to find it at the Bijenkorf and we are honored to be able to tell you about it!
xoxo Liza Brouwer for Frenchonista