Drawn to Fashion: The Illustrations of Mary Mitchell

“I have always thought fashion illustration is a truly challenging discipline...Mary is a true artist, elegant and masterful. Her illustrations have enriched the experience of our time, and brought joy to the mind’s eye,” wrote designer Oscar de la Renta of Mary Mitchell in the foreword of her new book, Drawn to Fashion: Illustrating Three Decades of StyleWhen one of the top designers of the last century takes the time to write the foreword to your new book, people take notice.

In bygone eras before Photoshop, designer collaborations and fast fashion, illustrators played a key part in advertising through fashion illustration. Mary Mitchell worked locally throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s illustrating the fashions of classic Omaha clothiers such as Topp’s, Goldstein Chapman, Hertzberg’s, Zoob's and numerous others.

On January 28th, a must see exhibition opens at the Durham Museum featuring the work of Mitchell in conjunction with her new book. Not only for fans of fashion, this exhibit is a chance for locals to travel back through time into Omaha’s rich retail history. Along with quotes from de la Renta, exhibit goers will experience a special video presentation about the illustrator narrated by filmmaker and Omaha native Alexander Payne.

The exhibition will showcase 150 of Mitchell’s drawings along with period clothing and other artifacts on loan from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s collection. The illustrator’s book will be available in the Durham Museum’s gift shop or through the University of Nebraska Press. Book sale proceeds will benefit the Mary Mitchell Fashion Illustration Scholarship Fund at the Textile, Clothing, and Design Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, visit drawntofashion.com.

Drawn to Fashion: The Illustrations of Mary Mitchell will take place at the Durham Museum, located at 801 South 10th Street, from January 28th through May 27th, 2012. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $5 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under. For information about The Durham Museum visit the museum’s website at durhammuseum.org.

Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik is a stylist, costumier, wife and freelance writer based in Omaha, Nebraska. Her style blog can be found at fashflood.com.


posted at 07:08 pm
on Monday, January 16th, 2012


(We're testing Disqus commenting (finally!); please let us know if you have trouble.)

comments powered by Disqus


« Previous Page

<p>  Chill Body's Jennifer Fulcher and Jessica Chizek (left)</p> Unwind. Uknot. Undo.

Proprietors Jennifer Fulcher and Jessica Chizek offer some much needed advice to today’s women of Omaha: “Take time for yourself and just chill.

That’s a tip these ladies mean literally. Jennifer...

more »

Family Find

Arelatively new boutique in West Omaha is creating jobs not only for the employees but for vendors who just need a place to sell their work. NJ & Co. is run by a duo consisting of mother and...

more »

SXSW Street Style

Most SXSW (South by Southwest) enthusiasts flock to Austin, Texas in March for a week overflowing with live music, but this style editor went in search of the lone star state fashion scene. Here’s...

more »

<p>  CREDITS: STYLING BY JARED SPENCE, MODELS BY DEVELOP MODEL MANAGEMENT, BIKE COURTESY JIM BLUM<br />  LEFT: On Audrey: Bella Dahl denim buttondown, Henry & Belle Kelly signature skinny jeans, Denim Saloon. All jewelry, Fringes Salon Spa and Boutique. On Nolan: Superdry Slim fit jeans, Bench buttondown, Bench track jacket, Superdry sneakers McLovin-A Store for Men. THIS RIGHT: On Audrey: Bella Dahl ombre top, Paige floral print denim, Denim Saloon. All jewelry, Fringes Salon Spa and Boutique. On Nolan: Superdry chambray buttondown, Superdry Sneakers, Bill Adler leather belt, McLovin. Citizens of Humanity  “Sid” jeans, Denim Saloon. Hair by Hillary Ann and makeup by Chevy both of Sirens at the Loft Salon & Day Spa.</p> Green Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the river bend. Usually, I would rant about the absurdity of starting a drinking binge at 7 a.m. and wearing ridiculous leprechaun hats and plastic shamrock beads,...

more »

Omaha Fashion Week

Omaha Fashion Week, now in its sixth year, has new tricks up its sleeve. New designers are expected this year, including Kate Walz, who just returned from New York, and Jeff Hanson, who will be...

more »

Advanced Search