France: Canson & Montgolfier, Unknown. Notebook. (12.5 cm. x 20 cm.) 17 pp. Horizontal Flip. Unruled. Beige cardstock wrappers. Brown cloth spine. Fine. Titles and coat of arms in Black on front wrapper. Horitzontal creasing to the front wrapper. Some minor edgewear to cloth spine. Small original purchase sticker affixed to verso. Original retailer information stamped in Black on back wrapper. Item #186
This fascinating notebook contains 16 full page fashion illustrations created by an unknown artist at some point in the 1940s. This small sized sketchbook includes illustrations of women dressed from head to toe in colorful, chic outfits including hats and shoes. Much of the color is watercolor based, with bright acrylic touches. The knee length skirts, wedge shoes and long hair styles are typical of World War II and Post War fashion. However, some drawings are of full gowns, untypical of the stingy amount of fabric decided by war rationing coupons making us assume that this might be a post-War project. Of the 16 illustrations, only one is in pencil -- a caricature of a very dapper young man in a pinstriped suit. Although the artist here is unknown, one might assume that the pencil drawing of the young man and the delicately painted ladies have some enigmatic connection. The sketch book itself created by famous French papermakers, Canson & Montgolfier.