It’s out! I no longer have to keep it a secret! For the past month and a half I’ve been working on a very exciting joint project. In collaboration with Dana Larder of HowInTheWolrd.org, we’ve created The International Fashionista’s Lookbook Diary. We released it earlier this week on October 11th, The International Day of The Girl.
The book features 10 international fashionistas in coloring pages as well as tidbits about their respective countries and drawing prompts to get fashionistas creating their own designs. It’s recommended for girls ages 8-13.
I was really happy to be a part of this project. I had always wanted to work on some sort of fashion coloring book so of course when Dana proposed the idea I was ecstatic.
One of the most difficult things for me was deciding on the outfits for each of the girls. We wanted the book to have a current, trendy vibe, so unlike many other fashion books that introduce characters dressed in the traditional garb of their cultures, I looked to international fashion bloggers for inspiration. That’s where the difficulty came in. In this age of instagram, girls all over the world are sharing their styles. There are subtle differences of course, but the same black leather jacket you might find on the streets in Japan could also be worn in Turkey.
With this realization in mind, we wanted this book to express the idea that we’re not so different and to teach young girls that no matter where they’re from, we are all human.
I had a lot of fun drafting the outfits for the girls and then drawing their final looks one by one. Aside from touching on all the trends and silhouettes, I also took merchandising into consideration, making sure to include pants, dresses, skirts, jackets, hats—and so on.
I did each of the backgrounds as a separate layer and then combined the pages on Photoshop. The backgrounds took an equal amount of research. I wanted to capture recognizable scenes but keep them basic enough to not take the focus away from the girl.
Creating all of the sketches was a blast! Dana came up with a bunch of great diy and diary pages to keep the readers involved and inspired. She also included information about each of the countries to compliment each section. I'm looking forward to getting some feedback! I hope girls enjoy it as much as we did while making it!