Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE DRESS, ONE HUNDRED ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION BY AUSTRALIAN ILLUSTRATOR MEGAN HESS

Last week I was a rather lucky guy, I must say. I was lucky because I got my hands on an early copy of the new Megan Hess book, The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments In Fashion. It was a chilly Friday morning and I had a breakfast date with the lady herself, not too far from her beautiful new studio, which is located close to some of my favourite breakfast spots in the city. Arriving at the new studio, you cannot help but love the extensive use marble in the foyer, or the grandness of some of the pieces in the studio itself. One wall was completely covered in one of Megan's Coco Chanel illustrations, whilst the others were covered in framed illustrations of various dresses, Versace, Dior and Valentino to name but a few. It was absolutely stunning. 

As we popped around the corner to one of my favourite cafes in Albert Park, Truman's; we spoke about the launch of the book and what was on the itinerary for the next few months in the world of Megan Hess Inc. Megan recently launched a set of stunning rugs in conjunction with Designer Rugs. The collection consists of three designs, all three incredibly luxurious and using the finest artisan techniques and New Zealand wool. A collaboration with Glasshouse for their Christmas offering was recently unveiled as well as a list (the length of my arm) of glamorous clients who all want a piece of Hess. 

Looking at the menu and feeling a little mischievous, we both ordered the French toast. What came out was something that was created by the food gods above. Using croissants, the French toast was covered in crispy bacon and banana jam. Hard to explain, but trust me - this was absolutely delicious. Looking through The Dress, its hard not to squint your eyes and possess a look of confusion, asking yourself how does this woman do everything she does and still have time to sleep.



Illustrating some of the most glamorous women in the world and the dresses that helped define a moment in time, The Dress is a collection of the greatest moments in fashion history. As Anna Wintour once said, fashion is all about looking forward but in this day and age when fashion has become this ever-changing, ever inspiring beast - its important to look back and appreciate some of the great moments that defined a design house, a personality or a moment in time. From the elegant, such as Audrey Hepburn's simple black shift or Princess Diana's never ending dress to the more recent Tom Ford floor length cape that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars, each of the one hundred dresses chosen for the book comes with historical anecdotes, quotes and bundles of nostalgia that fashion lovers will absolutely adore.

To celebrate its launch, the Palazzo Versace will be holding an exclusive event on Friday 3rd October. An exhibition of Megan's iconic illustrations will be exclusively displayed during the event with guests given the opportunity to purchase their own original piece to take home. As a centrepiece of the exhibition, Megan has created a special illustration in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month that will be auctioned during the lunch to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information on the event, click through here to the Palazzo Versace website.  



The Dress will go on general release within Australia on the 1st October and can be purchased from Avenue Bookstore here

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