Illustrations by Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson: vintage inspiration

The topic of how much a fashion week of the 1940s differed to those of the present day proved fascinating when we recently came across an account by Rosamond Bernier. It was an extract, published over at The Paris Review, from her book Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir, and in it she recounted what it was like to travel with illustrator Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson to Paris for fashion week.

No pumping music, no bloggers, no over-stuffed press pits brimming with digital cameras. Instead, Erickson would bring forth this sketchpad and he would draw.

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Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson

Having stumbled across this collection of images of Erickson’s work over at The Swing Fashionista, they were simply too good not to share. Capturing both the elegance of the fashion of the times, and the lost art of fashion illustration in editorial and advertising, Erickson’s illustrations are a flashback worth indulging in.

Click on the gallery above for more.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.