Fifty Shades Of Grey- A Foray Into Visual Character Study Utilizing Fashion Illustration

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My most recent project is about a publication that is so controversial, loved and hated by many, I had to take the opportunity to see what I could come up with. “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is one of those novels that comes along once in a decade, not very well written, (as some ‘novel-nazi’s’ have pointed out) but TOTALLY engrossing concerning its subject matter and character development. Just incase you have been under a rock, or on the moon for the last year, here is the synopsis of this twisted tale. When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.

Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.  The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny. Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds? As a designer, I am a creative, and all things that are creative in nature inspire me, hence my small presentation.

The movie for this popular novel is slated for a 2013 release, and the internet is a buzz with who is going to play the main characters. I have been to more blogs and forums that I care to admit concerning this novel, and they are ALL saying one thing, The RIGHT actor (s) have to be chosen for this project to be taken seriously. Many names have been tossed up, but I thought it would be awesome to create my own version of the main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. I read the novel in 2 days, and took notes about the  physical appearance of each character, this project turned out to be fun, but challenging. I know as this blog makes its way into the “world-wide sphere of online-dom”, many are going to have their opinions, I just hope that I have touched on what many of the fans want and expect on the big screen come 2013.

Concerning the looks I designed / styled, I did not stray to far from the obvious, but kept attention to design and detail. Two looks are done for Christian and one for Anastasia. The first look is a notched lapel night grey tropical wool 3 piece suit, accented with a silver , metallic necktie. The sporty look I designed for christian consisted of a draped , color-blocked knit top , and straight legged raw denim jeans. In this look, I continued the same color scheme, but added blood red as a ‘pop’. Anastasia is wearing a draped leather/knit jersey  dress. The sleeves are deconstructed sewn patches, while the rest of the dress is a draped soft jersey, all in black. The dress symbolized anastasia’s transformation throughout the book. The soft  jersey, migrating into deconstructed leather sleeves shows Anastasia’s ‘undoing’, as she delves deeper and deeper into her forbidden desire for Christian. The leather patched detail gives an idea of how Anastasia is ‘torn’, concerning her desire and who she is as a person. Overall, the project was fun, and something I would do again.

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  1. I have to admit I did not find the book well-written, and it lost my interest after the first chapter. Your fashion illustration technique really is good. Im thinking of picking the book with your Anastasia in my mind’s eye. I think it will be much more enjoyable now:) good job

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