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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coco Rocha's Master Class in the Study of Pose

One of my holiday wish list items I just couldn't wait for was the recently published Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha. The Canadian model brought that to life for over 100 students at my alma mater, Parsons The New School for Design last week for an epic live drawing event.

My favorite class by far at Parsons was model drawing. Famous live drawing models at Parsons included Madonna during her early years in New York. Almost every mega-brand fashion designer who Parsons (Alexander Wang, Donna Karan...) also took these classes as a requirement. 

While every student always had favorite models who posed well in our classes, I can't say we really analyzed the art of posing itself. Current Dean Simon Collins hosted a Q & A with Coco Rocha and her collaborator on the book Steven Sebring while artists of many different mediums sketched the model. The best artwork from the event will be shown in an exhibit at the Milk Studio's Ground Floor Gallery launching today.

The book itself holds 1000 beautifully shot poses executed by Coco Rocha herself. I can't even imagine what it would take to be inspired to create that many shapes with your own body. While I don't have as much time as I used to join drawing sessions, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this tome for drawing fashion croquis at home.

For all of you fashion bloggers and #OOTD fans, the challenge has been presented. You now have a textbook to study from. Abandon your cliche teapot stance, no more crossed ankles with your cell phone in a mirror please. I want to see outfit posts on Instagram that push your pose to the limit. 
photos from Stephanie Soto

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