A Horse of a Different Color
Minneapolis-based illustrator Allegra Lockstadt loves horses as much as she loves drawing. Before moving to Minnesota to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Allegra grew up in Lexington, Kentucky—in the heart of derby culture (of course, she loves horses). While horses have been an occasional theme in her work, Allegra is best known for her intricate colored pencil drawings of women in pretty frocks, posing in emotive postures amidst explosions of neon markings. A regular illustrator for Rookie Magazine, her work mixes girlish wonder with a sophisticated edge.
Allegra's most recent project is a dramatic departure for her stylistically, moving from a loose experimentation with line and color into the realm of strict realism. What remains the same in her current art is her reverence for fashion. She regularly lends her illustrations to promote designers, collections, and shows. This new foray into fashion, A Horse of a Different Color, is a beautiful mix of imagination and collaboration, and has Allegra working with one of the best in Midwest design, Anna Lee, founder of Workerby and Ruby3.
Anna Lee (work pictured above) is a Minnesota-based milliner and designer with a mind for industry development for independent fashion and the arts, exemplified by Voltage and MNfashion. Allegra and Anna are extraordinarily hard workers—workhorses in their own right—with community-minded projects aplenty.
Together, Allegra and Anna have created a collection of hats and images inspired by the past winners of the Kentucky Derby. They are celebrating the Triple Crown, a top achievement in horse racing that is extraordinarily difficult to obtain, at times leaving decades of time between winners.
The culmination of this project is a Derby Party on May 7th, where the duo hopes to raise awareness of and money for This Old Horse, a community of horse lovers working together to create a sanctuary where all horses and the people who support them are respected, honored, and nurtured.
Allegra's illustrations are incredible. Anna's hats are gorgeous—especially worn by model Carla Alexandra Rodriguez (hair and make up by Fatima Olive Beauty) and shot by photographer Lauren Krysti. We love watching the entire team work off of each other's skills to interpret their reverence for both horse and jockey.
More collaborations like this, please.
Horses pictured above, in order: Affirmed, Secretariat, Sir Barton, and Seattleslew.
Horses pictured above, in order: Omaha, War Admiral, Count Fleet, Whirlaway.
A PEEK INTO THEIR PROCESS:
Winning the Triple Crown last year in 2015, American Pharoah broke the 37-year dry spell after Affirmed in 1978. The turquoise and gold behind this hat was inspired by Zayat Stables’ jockey silks. For this hat, Anna also tried a steaming technique that she hadn’t done before to form the folds and teardrop shape of the hat.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Launch and Derby Party:
Launch Party and Trunk Show
Sunday, 12-4pm, April 3rd, 2016
Black and White Studio MN
Saturday, 4-7pm May 7th, 2016
- Derby race viewing party
- Best Dressed contest and best hat contest
- Pop Up exhibition of prints and photos from the collaboration
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to This Old Horse.
Hats and fascinators by Ruby3 by Anna Lee
Photography by Lauren Krysti
Hair and Make Up by Fatima Olive Beauty
Hair for first image (PR image for Launch Event) by Catlin Weston
Model: Carla Alexandra Rodriguez
Shot at Black and White Studio MN.