Dempsey by Pippa McManus
It probably comes as no suprise to anyone who knows me (and is therefore aware of my obsession with fashion) that I am a huge fan of fashion illustration. One of my absolute favourite fashion illustrators is Perth’s own Pippa McManus, who creates the most stunning artwork, as you can see here. Pip is having a solo exhibition entitled Seeing Double at Tu in Northbridge next week and I thoroughly suggest you check it out. Ahead of the opening I caught up with Pip for an interview for X-Press Magazine; you can read our full chat in tomorrow’s edition, which has Portishead on the cover, in the meantime, here’s a snippet.
Breathing new life into the photographs that grace the pages of the world’s most renowned fashion publications, Pippa McManus creates breathtakingly beautiful fashion illustrations inspired by models, photographers and designers, celebrating the bonds between fashion and art.
During November a collection of McManus’ favourite illustrations will grace the walls of Tú in Northbridge for Seeing Double, the artist’s second solo exhibition.
“I became aware of fashion illustration when I was in high school when I started reading and collecting fashion magazines,” she says, gesturing to the wall of Vogues, Lulas and other fashion bibles that frame her studio.
“I’ve been doing fashion illustration since I left TAFE, which was in 2002 I think, so about seven to eight years professionally. I did two years of Fine Arts and then three years of Fashion Design because I didn’t want to be a fine artist because I don’t have those hard problems to draw from and create anxious art, it’s not in me, I’m too happy-go-lucky,” McManus says with a laugh. “I like really pretty, beautiful things and I love fashion. I always liked the fashion illustration side of TAFE but it took me a couple of years to realise it.”
Seeing Double is on show at Tu (218A William Street, Northbridge) from November 10-30. Be sure to check out Pip’s blog – Pippa’s Workable Fixative.