The Art of Lingerie: Bella Petite
“The Bella Petite line wholeheartedly proves that femininity isn’t measured by the cup.” – Laura Rosenbaum
“Wouldn’t you want to dive into a scene with beautiful girls lying on a bed of pillows?” asks illustrator, Laura Rosenbaum. The scenario Laura describes is her interpretation of Bella Petite Lingerie’s debut collection by designer Stephanie Ballard.
Laura crafted an illustration (pictured above) in pen and ink and colored in Photoshop based on Stephanie’s lingerie designs, history and aesthetics. The drawing showcases what can happen when you combine the vision of two incredible artists.
We met Laura earlier this year and were impressed by her amazing art portfolio and her passion for all things lace. This is the first, we hope of many, collaborations with Laura. So, we sat down with her to learn more about how she created this amazing illustration. Please enjoy our Q&A with Laura:
The Art of Lingerie: Q&A with Illustrator Laura Rosenbaum
Laura, tell us what you thought of Stephanie’s brand and her story of bringing Bella Petite Lingerie to life?
Stephanie’s story was very touching. Women want to feel sexy no matter how small or big their cup size is–especially on their wedding night! The Bella Petite line wholeheartedly proves that femininity isn’t measured by the cup.
How did her story and her lingerie influence/inspire what you created?
I really sympathized with the feelings Stephanie used to have as a teen. It’s heartbreaking when women with small breasts feel less like women because of their bra size. I wanted my ladies to show the viewer that small can be ultra feminine and sexy.
Above: Early stages of Laura’s illustration of Bella Petite Lingerie coming to life.
Could you talk a bit about the composition of your illustration? The two women sitting on a bed of pillows is a wonderful touch and we’d love to know – what inspired that?
Stephanie’s lingerie is very alluring, so I wanted to create a window into her world that would invite viewers to plunge in. Wouldn’t you want to dive into a scene with beautiful girls lying on a bed of pillows!
Above: Laura working on a digital illustration.
“It’s heartbreaking when women with small breasts feel less like women because of their bra size. I wanted my ladies to show the viewer that small can be ultra feminine and sexy”
How long did it take you to create this illustration? What materials did you use?
From start to finish, this illustration probably took about five days. I like to start in pencil and ink. Once I’ve got the composition and linework down, I scan my drawings onto my computer and import them into Photoshop. There, I can zoom in to finesse my line work, add details, and color in using different digital layers.
Above: Bella Petite Lingerie.
“Laura has done a fantastic job with her illustration. She seems to truly understand what our goal is as a company and she captured Bella Petite’s soft sexy elegance beautifully.” – Stephanie Ballard, president Bella Petite Lingerie
The colors are gorgeous in the illustration and obviously inspired by some of the pieces. How do you think women will react to Bella Petite’s color palette? How do you think women will react to the brand in general?
The color palette of Bella Petite’s line — soft pinks, mints, cremes–are among my favorite to use. They’re so light and feminine, but the touches of black on the lace trimmings and the straps really gives them another dimension of sultriness and sass–I just love that and I think other women will too.
What are your thoughts about Bella Petite Lingerie?
I’m delighted that designers like Stephanie are specializing in creating more options for this niche customer. Being beautiful is all about feeling beautiful in your own skin and embracing your natural beauty. Bella Petite really exemplifies this to a T!
Learn more about Laura Rosenbaum
Laura Rosenbaum is an illustrator and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. A half Jewish/half Dominican native New Yorker, she is inspired by lingerie, fashion, and her abounding curls. She uses ink and digital media to create illustrations that are at once girlish, witty, and provocative. Laura’s clients include GLAMOUR Spain, NYLON JAPAN, Naki Lingerie & Swimwear, KnollTextiles, Magazzini del Sale Womenswear, Miss Jessie’s Haircare, the NYC Department of Education, and Argenti Media. Her work has been featured in numerous fashion and beauty blogs, including Free People, Urban Outfitters, Alice + Olivia, ModCloth, Messes of Dresses, and NaturallyCurly.