If you’re anything like me, finding your way around a new city is both incredibly stressful and incredibly exciting. Finding places to roam about, meet friendly locals, devour foods you’ve never tried and drink cocktails you’d never thought existed are all part of the package when you find a new place.
Traveling is a beautiful adventure, though it’s made significantly easier by the amount of technology many of us possess. For example, I don’t think I could possiblyÂ navigate New York City if it weren’t for HopStop. And if not for the map on my phone, I would probably end up crying in the car a lot more often.
But remember those things called “maps”? You could fold them out (albeit it was incredibly difficult to fold them back up properly) and try to approximate your position and then you’d have to find the gist of where you were going without a little cat icon of you moving around on screen (maybe that’s just me)? Although maps were difficult to use sometimes for people like me who have terrible senses of direction, they’re still amazing works of art: people spend years developing even simple maps in order to make them as accurate as possible. That amount of work is no simple matter.
So when I saw Elizabeth Lecourt’s designs from her collectionÂ ”Les Robes Geographiques,” made from vintage maps constructed in beautiful manners, I was thrilled. Combining history and art is almost always an amazing feat, and these are absolutely gorgeous. Plus, she’s even made a couple of shirts, so if you don’t dig dresses, check out those, too.
Photos via Elizabeth Lecourt.