Categories / Art and Photography, Books, Kids

PLOC 1960s-inspired magazine for kids


Whether you buy it for your little ones or for yourself, PLOC magazine is certainly worth getting your hands on.

On the face of it, PLOC is a magazine aimed at children between the ages of three and eight, but look closely and you might notice those distinctive graphics. That's down to the illustration by legendary 60s artist Alain Gree, which makes it worthy of an adult's attention too.

The content walks a fine line between educating and having fun, with stories (How is bread made? What animals live at the farm? Learning to count with happy birds on a wire), colouring pages, spot the difference games, mazes and activities. You can grab a copy via Anorak, £7 is the price. See an inside shot over the page.

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Categories / Art and Photography, Women's Fashion

Dior Illustrated exhibition at Somerset House

Dior illustrated
Opening today at London's Somerset House is a new exhibition called Dior Illustrated. Subtitled René Gruau and the Line of Beauty it looks at the work of illustrator René Gruau who created iconic fashion imagery for Dior in the 1940s and 50s. 

Gruau worked for some of the most famous couture houses and style magazines of the period but is best known for his collaboration with Christian Dior, for whom he created the marketing images for Dior's first perfume, Miss Dior, in 1947. The exhibition includes some of his illustrations for Dior parfums, alongside the original bottles. Gruau's fashion illustration remains influential today and there's the opportunity to see some of his sketches, alongside some of the haute couture dresses that inspired them, providing a glamorous snapshot of the era. 

The exhibition runs until 9 January. Tickets cost £6, with concessions at £5. 

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Categories / Design and Interiors

Retro message tags from A Wilderness For You and Me

Message tags

Got something to say that could do with a dash of retro style? Check out the message tags made by A Wilderness For You and Me. 

The world of Australian based designer and illustrator Nyssa Skoyi, the tags are decorated with images cut from old books and magazines, set against colourful, period patterns. The other side of the tag contains a space for your message. The tags are sold in sets of two and each set has an evocative name such as 'The Pilot's Daughter' or 'Misses Air Hostesses'; the set illustrated is called 'Children of the 60s'. They certainly a offer a more stylish option than email to get a message across. 

A set costs AUS$10. 

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