For the Fall Style Issue, the French artist Malika Favre gave a swirl of motion to her cover. Favre, who lives in Barcelona, took a similar approach with the magazine’s Spring Style Issue earlier this year, and her images only deepen with animation, their bright colors and careful geometry coming to life. We recently talked to her about what she looks for in clothes, and how she likes to depict them.
Favre’s early sketch for the cover.
This image is about movement, even without the animation. How important is movement in clothing?
Seeing clothes in movement is when the real magic happens. They become almost alive; they can change the way you feel and walk. I’m fascinated by statement dresses, in particular, having a few myself, and I always dreamt of having a bold, flowing, polka-dot dress like the one on this cover.
When doing images like this, are you also trying to capture some ideal of femininity?
My ideal of femininity is strong, sensual, and adventurous, and that definitely manifests here. There’s something defiant but soft and graceful in her walk.
The geometric pattern here ends up making the dress look extremely fluid. How do you create such lively experiences out of mathematically derived drawings?
This is where the real fun begins for me. I love the challenge of making something look as if it were coming out of the page. I don’t aim for perfection when creating pieces like this, but rather for a real sense of movement and energy.
Your images often feature a limited palette. Is that important to you?
Choosing a limited color palette is a crucial step in my creative process. But it’s also the last one. I tend to follow my instinct, to choose colors that best express the mood of the piece. In this case, I went with a seasonal palette, warm and fiery like the coming autumn.
An example of Favre’s process for her first cover.
For more covers celebrating fashion, see below:
“Back Story,” by Lorenzo Mattotti
“Falling Beauty,” by Gayle Kabaker
“In Full Bloom,” by Maira Kalman