Awards Book Archive

Dress, Memory
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Allen & Unwin

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

Lorelei is a friend of mine and I loved her heart-warming, moving manuscript, so in wanting to do my very, VERY best I applied too much pressure and froze! After I calmed down and re-read the brief and went back through the photographs supplied of Lorelei in her incredible dresses, I realised I needn’t freak out; it was about choosing the most appealing image and making it the focal point, and working the typography and colour palette around it. I loved this particular image because it’s beautiful and bold but also playful and captures the humorous element of the book.

138 x 208 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination, Spot gloss
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Allison Colpoys
Lorelai Vashti