Local Fashion Illustrator Dallas Shaw Has Got a New Book—and a New Bridal-Sketching Gig

Bonus: This involves a photo-session giveaway from photographer Alison Conklin.

Illustration by Dallas Shaw for the St. Regis Kauai.

Illustration by Dallas Shaw for the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai.

We’ve got such a fun little cluster of news to share about several PW faves today! Let’s break this down:

  • Local fashion illustrator Dallas Shaw—whose custom bridal sketches we have ooh-ed and ahh-ed over right here on a number of occasions—has recently debuted her first book! The Way She Wears It is, as Dallas calls it, a lookbook-meets-workbook that will help you decipher your personal style through oodles of gorgeous pictures (see who snapped them, below) and illustrations by the author, along with seasonally focused style and wardrobe tips, from layering and print-pairing to loads of insider tricks from Dallas’s experience working with fashion and creative designers.
    • Fun tidbit number one: The cover of the book was designed by Wayne-based Two Paper Dolls‘ Vanessa Kreckle, a company that designs some of our favorite wedding invitations.
    • Fun tidbit number two: The photography throughout the book is by none other than well-loved local wedding photographer Alison Conklin (full disclosure: she did mine, which eventually led to this!), who has been working with Dallas on her projects for years.
  • To celebrate the book launch, Alison is offering a photo session giveaway!
    • The winner will receive a free photo session with Alison—and Dallas will virtually help style you! (Psst: Yes, you can use this as your engagement session!) Winners are eligible from all 48 lower states. Just follow @dallashshaw and @AlisonConklin on Instagram, then leave a comment on this blog post describing your dream closet and the city and state that you live in, along with your email. {Update, 4/14/17: The winner has been chosen!}
  • Along with her new book, Dallas has another fun project in the works that we thought our brides might like to know about: she’s been named the exclusive bridal illustrator at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, Hawaii—which is a place you just might recognize from when I gushed about it following my own honeymoon last year. Now, for couples who tie the knot there (before, we hope, spending at least a week), they’ll have two options for going home with a custom rendering of their Big Day by Dallas:
    • They can opt for a scene of their choosing to be sketched by Dallas following the wedding; the couple will simply provide a photo of what they’d like to see (a portrait of the bride in her dress, their ceremony, the bridesmaids lined up with the ocean in the background), and they’ll receive a 9×12 drawing and the digital file ($1,000).
    • They can opt to have Dallas there at their nuptials to create three 9×12 sketches live at the St. Regis during the festivities ($2,500 plus travel and accommodation expenses for Dallas and her assistant).

      A wedding ceremony sketched by Dallas Shaw at the St. Regis Princeville.

      A wedding ceremony sketched by Dallas Shaw at the St. Regis Princeville.

So check out Dallas’s book, enter Alison’s giveaway, and for crying out loud, do yourself a favor and plan a trip to Hawaii.

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