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An interview with Victoria Foster of The Aviary

Victoria Foster and Ben Fletcher began The Aviary as a way to make the most of their hoarde of vintage goods, creating gorgeous upcycled jewellery and charms with an illustrative twist.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Victoria wears the Darling Jane Detachable Peter Pan Collar.
The Aviary is the brainchild of two fine art graduates, Victoria Foster and Ben Fletcher. In late 2009 the project began life …

An interview with illustrator Faye West, as featured in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration

Faye West is a wonderful fashion illustrator who has been contributing to Amelia's Magazine for several years. Since she was featured in ACOFI lots of exciting things have happened, and 2012 looks set to be an even better year for this talented gal.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Commission which came about from Amelia’s Magazine feature, by Faye West.
Faye West’s whimsical watercolours first came to my attention nearly four years ago when she had just graduated from university. …

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Christmas Gift Ideas 2011: Jewellery and Hats

The first in my Christmas gift round up features jewellery and hats from the likes of Rosie Wonders, The Aviary, Ridley and Dowse and Spirithoods. Plus much more!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Rosie Wonders Dala Horse Necklace by Janneke de Jong.
It’s getting scarily close, this Christmas malarkey. And I bet that if you are anything like me you’ve done very little about …

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland A/W 2011 in Łódź: Paprocki and Brzozowski

Paprocki and Brzozowski showed the final catwalk collection on Saturday 7th May to much fanfare. But did they live up to the hype? Love LOVE the illustration by Gemma Milly.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Paprocki Brzozowski A/W 2011 by Gemma Milly.
Paprocki and Brzozowski are the golden boys of Polish fashion who have previously won the coveted Golden Thread Awards, and so they were given …

The ACOFI Book Tour: the first night at Tatty Devine, Covent Garden

The first date on my ACOFI Book Tour kicked of on Tuesday 10th May at the Tatty Devine store in Covent Garden. With window painting, Juiceology juices, Lahloo Tea, Dr.Hauschka samples and cupcakes galore courtesy of Cute as a Cupcake.

Written by Amelia Gregory

On Tuesday evening The ACOFI Book Tour got off to a flying start at the Tatty Devine store in Covent Garden. As people started to arrive Rosie, Sonja and I …

The Royal Wedding in Illustrations: Kate & Wills

In the first of my Royal Wedding illustrated round ups, here's..... drumroll please..... Kate and Wills, in all their celebration finery, re-imagined by a multitude of talented illustrators from around the world. Enjoy!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Will & Kate by Gemma Milly. Available to buy as a print here.
I suppose I should start this blog with a disclaimer: I am for sure no ardent royalist. The …

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Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal – A Documentary by Naomi Smyth

An interview with the lady behind the camera, on the circus that occupies unused buildings around the city of Bristol and brings the community together through breathtaking artistic, sensory liberation! From small shows and squatting, to the enormous CarnyVille, and going 'legit'; the Invisible Circus are something else.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gemma Milly
I’m reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen at the moment. It’s a book about the train travelling circus, set in prohibition era America. The story flits …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Menswear Day Catwalk Review: Cassette Playa

The nu-rave couturier Cassette Playa returned to London Fashion Week on Menswear Day and I thought I was hallucinating. Look at these gold heads! Illustrations by Gabriel Alaya, Gareth A Hopkins, Gemma Milly, Antonia Parker and Krister Selin!

Written by Matt Bramford

Illustration by Gabriel Ayala
I’ve always approached Cassette Playa with caution. She’s responsible for making Shoreditch look like a live Pump up The Jam video and has a lot to answer …

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Meet Nicholas Stevenson: the friendly songwriter and illustrator from the North Pole…

Splendid music, fantastical and dreamy illustrations - and the North Pole? Let's have a cup of tea and chat about this Nicholas.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gemma Milly
Nicholas sent me his CD and tape, accompanied by a lovely letter about living and musing about in Bristol. One of my favourite pastimes – we may …

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Amanda Wakeley (by Helen)

A palette of orange, black, camel and gold in fitted silhouettes, as well as slinky beads. My last LFW show took place at Somerset House's BFC Tent on Tuesday.

Written by Helen Martin

Amanda Wakeley LFW A/W 2011; Illustration by Gemma Milly
It was my last day at London Fashion Week. Still buzzing on the love of the razzamatazz, yet requiring an Americano and …

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The Oscars 2011 – they’re a comin’

The 83rd Oscars Ceremony is on February 27 - TOMORROW. Here is a round up of the top nominees, with gorgeous illustrations of the STARS!

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Georgia Coote
So Colin and Helena have already won their BAFTA awards. Now all eyes are on them for the Oscars. Particularly Colin Firth, who has been vigorously doing …

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011, Catwalk Review: Fashion Mode No.3 Carlotta Actis Barone (by Helen)

In the final of my Fashion Mode Show posts, Carlotta Actis Barone uses beautiful pieces to make a political point on seal fur.

Written by Helen Martin

LFW A/W 2011 Carlotta Actis Barone Collection. Illustration by Abby Wright
Well the third of Fashion Mode’s designers this Sunday was simply put: stunningly pretty and explosive. Frosted make up, backcombed …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Temperley London

Temperley London celebrated their tenth year in business with a sublime show at The British Museum. Some designers might fear being outshone by such a spectacular venue, but Alice's designs had no trouble stealing the show. Illustrations by Gilly Rochester, Gemma Milly, Donya Todd and Joana Faria

Written by Katie Antoniou

Illustration by Gilly Rochester
I have always been a huge fan of Alice Temperley; in fact my whole family has, with both my 19 year old sister and my mother owning …

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011, Catwalk Review: Prophetik (by Helen)

This show was a beauty of grand proportions. Inspired by Louis XV and featuring cactus silk, and the quilts of Lola; designer, Jeff Garner's grandmother. I adored it. And I found my wedding dress at the end.

Written by Helen Martin

Prophetik LFW A/W 20011 Collection illustration by Gemma Milly
A long queue waited for me outside of Freemason’s Hall. Initially I considered sauntering in through the door I first came across, …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Preview: Rachel Freire

In the second of our interviews in the run up to London Fashion Week, I met the adorable Rachel Freire at her studio, got a sneak peek at the A/W 2011 collection, and talked tea, boys, nipples and leopard-print irons…

Written by Matt Bramford

Rachel Freire S/S 2011, illustrated by Krister Selin
‘I’m terrible at interviews’ I announce shortly after arriving at Rachel Freire’s East London studio. A bit of a melodramatic introduction, maybe; but …

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration launch party illustrations: meet more illustrators!

The final bunch of illustrations from my ACOFI launch party covers a host of evening guests - by Natsuki Otani, Erica Sharp, Lesley Barnes, Yelena Bryksenkova, Gemma Milly, Abigial Daker, Emma Block, Faye West, Gareth A Hopkins, Jo Cheung, Kellie Black, Lisa Stannard, Natasha Thompson, Katie Harnett, Karina Yarv and Ani Saunders.

Written by Amelia Gregory

6 Day Riot’s Tamara Schlesinger by Natsuki Otani.
There were so many amazing guests at my ACOFI launch who didn’t come down to the afternoon tea party that it seemed only …

Minna: an interview with ethical fashion designer Minna Hepburn

We've been loving up stylish ethical designer Minna for sometime here on Amelia's Magazine. Here's an excerpt from her piece in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregoy

Minna S/S 2011 by Gemma Milly.
How has the way you create your clothes progressed since you first started out?
I think fashion should be fun; I just love to put on …

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Vessels Album Review: Helioscope

We review the second studio album from Leeds-based post-rockers - Vessels. Prepare to be dazzled!

Written by Gemma Milly

So I’m sitting in my studio in British Columbia, Canada, looking out at the mountains & snow-covered trees, which are glistening in the winter sunshine. And I’m listening to Vessels …

Christopher Raeburn: the fashion designer who is working wonders with old fabrics

We've been championing ethical designer Christopher Raeburn for what seems like forever... so of course he made it into Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration with bells on. Here's a taster of what you can find in the book...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christopher Raeburn A/W 2010 by Gemma Milly.
Christopher Raeburn studied at Middlesex University in London, where a really good technical tutor made him keen to attend the hallowed Royal College of …

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration is OUT NOW!

My new book hit the shelves just in time for Christmas 2010. Read on to find out more about Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

Written by Amelia Gregory

So, the book is finally here! You can find it at Tate Modern, Magma, Design Museum, Serpentine Gallery, Tatty Devine, Cornerhouse, Arnolfini and many other good independent book stores across …


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