Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This Alexander McQueen gown was show recently during Paris Fashion Week. I thought it illustrated perefectly the concept of greyscale value that we have been discussing in class. In this example, value is graduated in a short span on the skirt. Where it is connected to the main body, the fabric is jet black. It becomes lighter and lighter until it ends in pure white on the floor. The body of the gown repeats this pattern in a manner that's less easy to analyze. However, if you follow each component, you can still see the transition from dark to light. The strong contrast between black and white is softened by the presence of the gray tones, giving the piece a moody, dramatic quality.