Art Culture > Illustration > SS13 Illustration Project with Ignasi Monreal Date posted: February 9, 2013

SS13 Illustration
Project with
Ignasi Monreal

Ignasi Monreal and interview about dolce and gabbana illustration 2013

For the 4th installment of the SS13 Illustration Project, Marcus Kan will present two artists separately. This week it’s Ignasi Monreal surreal take on the Dolce&Gabbana collection.

Ignasi Monreal

Ignasi Monreal and interview about dolce and gabbana illustration 2013

Out of all the things in this collection, why are you specially attracted to the accessories?

The collection is outstanding as all the prints and colors are incredible! As an illustrator, I am always focusing on the clothes when I am asked to illustration an outfit from a designer’s collection. This time, however, I wanted to go for a change and focus on the accessories.

What was the concept/story behind this illustration? Why do you want to use white as the general tone for this piece?

I followed Anna dell Russo’s motto “Nothing succeeds like excess”. Dolce & Gabbana was one of the first fashion houses I “discovered” when I got interested in fashion. So the main inspiration for this was “going back to the roots”. I wanted to do something very Italian (or at least what Italia means to me) but also something linked to my own spanish roots. Italy reminds me of art and all the things I learned in my art history class.

The Chair of Saint Peter by Bernini at the Vatican was the first source of inspiration for this art work. The second source came from a couple of italian comic artists: Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa. Their work influenced me a lot while I was a kid. They published a comic book named Sky Doll that portrays a character named Ludovica, which also reminds me a lot of the spanish religious Icon Virgen del Rocío. As you may see it’s all about going back to the roots,  both Italy and Spain!

I painted all in white so the accessories would stand out, which was the whole point of this illustration.

What kind of adjectives would you use to describe the lady in this illustration? Do you think she is religious?

It has religious iconography but the idea was to decontextualize any faith from the image (no offense is intended). The point is to empower Dolce & Gabbana’s work and even make it something to worship on. If there’s any religion here it would be fashion I guess… I meant to portray the Dolce & Gabbana woman here as a sexy, elegant, baroque and classy lady.

When I look at your illustration, I immediately think of a mythological goddess. So, if you could dress up a Greek or Roman mythological Goddess in this collection, who would she be?

That’s funny because the first sketches I drew were of roman goddesses. I did some research and found out there was a Venus called Venus Erycina worshipped in Sicily, and since the island is linked to the fashion house, I thought she was a perfect choice. But I kept working on the piece and finally went for de Virgen-del-Rocío-Vatican-style lady.

Written and presented by Marcus Kan

Credits – Ignasi Monreal

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