By 1972 Ivor had already created a 2D test version of Paddington Bear only to be turned down by Michael Bond as not quite right. Undeterred Ivor went back to the drawing board and created a new style that was his most inventive to date. The stop-motion show that we’ve all come to love.
It’s with many thanks from Ivor’s wife Josiane that we can share with you some of Ivor’s intricate, delicate and wonderful clothing patterns of Paddington’s jacket, hat, hood and even hands! It’s an amazing and rare opportunity to see these designs and the fact that they still exist in a little envelope in the mist of Josiane’s loft is brilliant news.
Ivor was an absolute perfectionist and we can see this in the way he goes about his designs above. Everything is precisely measured out and analysed to make sure that it fits perfectly. He even went to the great lengths of creating little coat hangars for the clothes and giving them a wash every now and then to make sure all his characters were looking their best.
As we draw to the end of this 2 month long special on Paddington Bear we have one final post to come. It’s going to be a BIG one, so look out for it.