A life-drawing lesson with Malgosia Bela and Stella McCartney

Sketch a supermodel at this most fashionable art class

Malgosia Bela photographed for How To Spend It’s spring fashion special. She wears Proenza Schouler leather blazer, €2,875, and matching trousers, €1,940. Intimissimi leather bandeau, £69. Pierre Hardy leather The Secret pumps, €590. Byredo x Charlotte Chesnais silver Value chain, from £1,450
Malgosia Bela photographed for How To Spend It’s spring fashion special. She wears Proenza Schouler leather blazer, €2,875, and matching trousers, €1,940. Intimissimi leather bandeau, £69. Pierre Hardy leather The Secret pumps, €590. Byredo x Charlotte Chesnais silver Value chain, from £1,450 | Image: Kuba Ryniewicz. Styling by Isabelle Kountoure

The angular cheekbones and chiselled jawline of Malgosia Bela could be the subject of your next life-drawing session, thanks to a Stella McCartney project launching tomorrow. The fashion house has enlisted 10 artists associated with the Saatchi Gallery to participate in a drawing class, orchestrated over Zoom, with Bela as the model. The figurative artists include Spanish portraitist Miriam Escofet, British painter Nancy Cadogan and Ukraine-born Denis Sarazhin, who each bring their own style to the project. 

Wearing clothes from Stella McCartney’s spring/summer 2020 collection, the supermodel sits in a series of different poses from her home in Poland, while the artists are challenged to three different sketches – a 5-minute, 10-minute and 30-minute session.

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Video footage of the Zoom lesson will be released this week, when the wider public will be asked to participate and watch the various artists’ techniques. A selection of these works will then be exhibited on Stella McCartney’s Instagram account alongside the artists’ works. 

The lesson is part of Stellavision, a broader initiative launched by Stella McCartney that has seen some of the fashion designer’s friends engage in conversations, share meditation practices and give studio tours over Instagram. Previous guests have included artists William Eggleston and Olafur Eliasson, architect David Adjaye and director and photographer David Lynch.

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