High Heels Were Invented By Men For…Men

High heel illustration by Heather Michele (Bennett)

Who knew? I have thought for years that high heels were invented by men to make women more prone to the dominance of men, but I was wrong.

Please enjoy this witty article, The Male-Dominated, Power-Hungry History of High Heels,” by Jennifer Wright that explains the origin of high heels.

What brand of heels do you think are the most comfortable? Do you have a favorite pair of heels you would like me to illustrate?

The Launer Handbag


A Launer handbag is recognized for it’s iconic structured style and “twisted rope” hero signature emblem. They are made in England and their most notable customer is HM the Queen, who has over 200 bags and has been a customer since 1968.

Launer is sold in the finest department stores such as Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, and Fenwick.

More than 50 years ago they were rewarded the Royal Warrant, which is a sign of excellence, quality, and patronage.

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Marchesa Gown

Marchesa gown watercolor illustration by Heather Michele Bennett
Marchesa Gown F/2018

I just love Marchesa gown’s! They are so beautifully detailed. This particular illustration was the final assignment from a fashion illustration course I am taking with Irina Kay

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Walking into 2019 in Louboutin Heels

Louboutin heels illustration by Heather Michele

Hello…2019!

Heather Michele illustration

A year has gone by since I started this blog. I had many lofty ideas that I hope to put into motion this year. I have been studying fashion illustration for the past couple of months with Irina Kay and I feel like my skills are finally improving.

I want to warn you that there may be a little glitch in my website in the next couple of days. I’m switching to a new host.

So stay tuned to a lot more fashion and lifestyle illustrations in 2019!

Cole of California Vintage Swimsuit


I found this 1950s swimsuit @sweetbeefinds on Instagram and here on Etsy. Sadly it sold before I finished painting it, but there are many, many great vintage fashions to find in the shop!

The modern day bikini was first introduced July 5, 1946 by designer Louis Reard.

Check out these links for more history about the bikini:

The History of the Bikini
Bikini Introduced

A-Line Dress :: The 100 Project ::

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It was hard to decide where to begin with The 100 Project, but I found this A-Line dress by Dolce & Gabanna and knew I had to illustrate it! (It also happens to be No. 1 in my guide book for this project.)

This particular drop, dead red A-Line has a cute gold embroidered bow, flap pockets, and what I really, really love…cheetah print lining! For me it’s all in the details!

In general, A-Line dresses are narrower at the top and flare out gently toward the bottom forming and “A” shape. It is a style that can be worn by any body type and will be super flattering. A must for every woman’s closet!

You won’t need much to pull off an A-Line dress. A few bold pieces of jewelry and some super cute shoes or boots and off you go!

For an authentic look get inspiration from the 1960s. Think Twiggy and Jackie Kennedy.

:: A Little History ::

The A-Line dress debuted in Christian Dior‘s 1955 collection and was a break away style from his 1947 “New Look”.  While it debuted in 1955, the style wouldn’t catch on until the 1960s.

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The 100 Project



My list, planner, and guide for The 100 Project.

My side project for this year is illustrating pieces that every stylish woman should own. I love this idea, because it’s not about fashion, which changes from season to season and year to year, but about the classics that will never fail to put together a polished, sophisticated look.

My guide for this project is Nina Garcia‘s book, The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Should Own.

What are the staples in your closet that you can’t live without? I’ll be sharing my own soon.