The launch of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration – ACOFI for short – was the talk of London last Friday (28 January). Artists, journalists, bloggers, etc. all gathered at 123 Bethnal Green Road to toast the book, which celebrates – and illustrates, literally – ethical fashion.
The book is the brainchild of Amelia Gregory, innovative founder of the luxurious Amelia’s Magazine, once a biannual magazine and now an online read. ACOFI is a beautiful, satisfyingly chunky coffee-table-style book – every page bursts with colour and imagination, and it truly is a celebration of a huge array of a talents.
The party was just as great a celebration – the cake, oh, the cake – and below two of our contributors describe their highlights of the evening.
One of the best parts of the night was undoubtedly getting to meet so many other creatives. Not only were they all so talented, but they were all so lovely! It was wonderful to meet the illustrators that that created the beautiful images in the book, as well as a whole host of writers, designers and stylists. It was interesting to put faces to drawings (a lot of people told me I look like my illustrations) and lots of business cards were exchanged. It left me wishing it had gone on for longer; there were so many people I didn’t get the chance to speak to! Some of the ones I did, were illustrators Abby Wright, Dee Andrews, Katie Harnett, Erica Sharp, Katherine Tromans and Avril Kelly.
The cake was pretty good too, I must admit.
As a +1 non-artist, the party was a great chance to meet some new people. Networking aside – I walked away with a handful of business cards and email addresses – it was also a fab opportunity to discover some new music. I loved party openers Six Day Riot to such an extent that after their set finished I bought their album off them (they had barely put their guitars down before I was bombarding them with questions and pound coins); after came a DJ set by The Pipettes.
The charismatic Amelia Gregory made a great party host and looked fabulous; it is quite evident to see that she is incredibly passionate about what she does.
I bought a copy of ACOFI and love it – I didn’t realise ethical fashion could be so cool – or pretty. The goodie bag was also pretty amazing – my favourite bits were the necklace by Tatty Devine, the Moleskine notebook (I have a stationary fetish…) and all the beautiful postcards and bookmarks. Top night.
Purchase Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration at a special online price here.
All photographs © Katie Byrne and Emma Block. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.