Halston and Pat Cleveland mixed media on paper

Riches, Caroline ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3106-3533 (2022) Halston and Pat Cleveland mixed media on paper. [Artefact]


The artefact is a mixed media painting on paper representing the fashion designer Halston with model Pat Cleveland in his Olympic tower studio in New York, 1977. Research Process: The painting was created in layers, using a black and white photograph from the Halston Archives as a reference. Further research was undertaken in museums and archives with a focus on Halston’s design process and the fabrics that he used. This was done in order to accurately represent the colour and texture of the garment in the black and white photograph, and to inform the application of paint to capture the fluidity and movement of the material. Research Insights: Through the process of interpreting this historical image through a contemporary lens, insights and greater understanding has been attained into the design drawing process. Contemporary fashion illustration generally represents a designers finished garments statically modelled. This painting shows that figurative drawing in fashion within a studio setting can represent a deeper narrative about a sense of time and place. Images of designers such as Halston are quite often taken in social settings -- this painting shows Halston at work in his studio surrounded by his designs on the floor. This was a key (but unseen) stage in Halston’s design process, which often occurred before a fashion show or presentation. Dissemination: The research was exhibited at the National Arts Club, New York, 22 April 2022, as part of a collection of 10 artworks from artists around the world selected by the Halston team in celebration of what would have been Halston’s 90th Birthday. The artefact has been published in Patrick, M. (2023). The Fible Triptych V.03. FIDA Worldwide, pg 50.

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