Art Culture > Illustration > SS13 – The Illustration Project with C. Grossi and A. Haberman Date posted: January 19, 2013

SS13 – The Illustration Project with C. Grossi
and A. Haberman

Dolce and Gabbana SS13 illustration Alicia Haberman and Christian Grossi interview by Marcus Kan

Marcus Kan has been busy working with a handful of the illustrators that he’s introduced us to, here on Swide, on the Illustration Project for the Dolce&Gabbana SS13 collection. This week Alicia Haberman and Cristian Grossi.

In the last article, the S/S 2013 Dolce & Gabbana collection was illustrated in a whimsical way by illustrators JSK and Simona Murialdo. Today, I have invited Alicia Haberman and Cristian Grossi to explore the abstract aspect of this great collection. 

Cristian Grossi

Dolce and Gabbana SS13 illustration Alicia Haberman and Christian Grossi interview by Marcus Kan 

What was your first impression when you saw the images of this collection?

I choked when I first saw the collection! The tourist souvenir was a great captivating theme to hold the collection together. As a good Italian, the collection reminded me of a fresh spring holiday breeze in Taormina, Isole Eolie, Capri and Positano. I could smell the rosemary bread with oil, wild roses, and the real beauty. 

What was the inspiration behind this illustration?

I was inspired by the Sicilian Puppets. Their ability to evoke a theatrical atmosphere was what I tried to capture in this piece. I also tried to stick with the traditional colour palette of the puppet.

As you mentioned in the last question, the girl in the illustration was the Sicilian Pupo. Was there a particular reason why you wanted to make her look intense here?

I always feel that Dolce & Gabbana represents brightness, warmth, and pride through the collections. But at the same time, the Mediterranean is all about theatrical, dramatic, and passionate. I like the idea of mixing the two feelings together and the end result of this piece was colorful with the intensive passion and fierceness.

Do you have a particular piece you like from the menswear collection? If so, why are you attracted to that piece? 

Sure I have. The piece I like is simple, ironic and retro without being obvious. It reminds me of my summers at the sea in Liguria, when I accompanied my father to buy ice cream and lemonade for the whole family.

Alicia Haberman

Dolce and Gabbana SS13 illustration Alicia Haberman and Christian Grossi interview by Marcus Kan

How will you describe the Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2013 collection in 3 adjective words?

“Bold” – Rich colors, floral patterns & sicilian street scenes are anything but subtle. It gives a lot of room to be creative with your look.

“Rustic” – Many of the fabrics, especially the burlap & basket weave dresses are used in unique & classy ways.

“Retro” – The skirts and especially the accessories like colorful scarves/earrings are reminiscent of the 1950/60s.

Your illustration piece for this collection is very interesting. How did you come up with this composition? Is there a specific message you want to emphasize here?

I had a blast making this piece. To me the composition is like the collection, and the Sicilian marionettes depicted throughout it. It’s detailed, whimsical, bright, and still elegant.

Dolce and Gabbana SS13 illustration Alicia Haberman and Christian Grossi interview by Marcus Kan

Out of all the looks in this collection, which one is your favourite? Why?

I’m already a big fan of the color green, headscarfs & chunky earrings, and this collections takes these items that up a notch. I love the short cut of the dress and the solid stripes mixed with the bright accessories

Since your illustration gives me a very strong fairy tale vibe, if you had the chance to dress up a fairy tale character in this collection, who would you choose? Why?

I think Alice from Alice in Wonderland should be decked in the bright day dresses and beadwork (instead of hallucinating down rabbit holes). The colors of this collection would probably blow her mind.

 Written, interviewed and presented by Marcus Kan

Credit: Alicia Haberman, Cristian Grossi

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