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21 February 2009 @ 01:38 am

Fashion Illustration is an art that very much forgoes modern day portrayal of style, elegance, fashion and the clothes we wear and the societies we live in.  As a tool for scribbling down ideas before production begins, for showing off a product, or as a timelessly elegant alternative to the good old photograph, i think it's quite sad that this art seems to be dying out a bit.  It's something that i personally adore yet haven't really had the chance to indulge in, as an artist or as a mere observer.  I do, however, own quite a few books and articles.

So, my question to you guys is: Who is/are your favourite fashion illustrator/s?  What books do you have, love, recommend?

 The books i have include: Fashion Illustration Now, Fashion Illustration Next, 100yrs of Fashion illustration, Pourqoui Pas?

Favourite Illustrators include:

The very infamous David Downton.  If you're interested in fashion and youhaven't seen a picture by him it's likely you'd had your head in a dark place (no offence meant).

  Rene Gruau:  One of the most famous 'oldies,' i would say, judging from the books i've read.


Stephen Stipelman: I've seen a lot of his work dated from the 1970s-80s, i don't know if he's still practising.



Bobby Hillson: Again, another older one i think.



Akroe (Etienne Bardelli)


Mode 2



Sarah Singh



Sophie Toulouse


I think that last one is probably my favorite.  I apologise for the pink glow around some of them- seems my scanner is in a pink mood this evening. 

Are any of you guys studying this wonderful subject?  I'm thinking of applying for Fashion Illustration at the London College of Fashion and wondered if any of you studying, if there are, could tell me a bit about the course and the place and the kind of things you do?  Tips and tricks for applying and interview?

Enjoy, ladies (and gents).
take my love in real small dosesoktobergoud on February 21st, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
I love this post :D *favourites*
take my love in real small dosesoktobergoud on February 21st, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
oh and I'm studying Illustration, not fashion illustration, so that's a bit different, but I still love to see fashion illustrations :D I'd love to make them, so you've inspired me :D
Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
:) What's illustration like - like what kind of things do you do? Where are you studying?

Hehe im glad!
Robert A Lyonrobertlyon on February 21st, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Those are good!
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Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
surrealistes: ready to fucksurrealistes on February 21st, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
these are lovely! i'm not at lcf, but i know people who are (i go to chelsea) - i don't think it was particularly horrendous to get in to, but one thing i would say is that you should emphasise your ability to work independently, as a lot of the university of the arts campuses seem to be really in to self-directed learning.
Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah i've heard they pretty much just leave you to it, and that's what worries me a little bit cause i need a kick up the bum from time to time.

Do you know if they get briefs? Or if it really is just do what you want-esque kinda stuff?
Rachelcoldwars on February 21st, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Ugh fashion illustrations are amazing. I'm studying games graphic design, so nothing fashion-related, but these illustrations are like eye candy to the maximum degree to me
bellahdancebellahdance on February 21st, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Rachelcoldwars on February 22nd, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
bellahdancebellahdance on February 22nd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)

Your icon i the coolest shit of my life. I love that book cover.
Atlas of Cloudsfranztastisch on February 21st, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

Aaah many a happy time I remember looking through fashion illustration books with you in the canteen at 6th form. Love this. I think the top guy is my favourite, and not only for Erin. :P
Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Goooood times! And vogue/the million magazines i carted about.

Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
What you said made me think of this photo:


and this one:

some text
Atlas of Cloudsfranztastisch on February 22nd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh Converse ad! Hahaha I love the disgusted look on your face in the last one. :P
darcy!emersondarcy on February 21st, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I love fashion illustrations.
I grew up with several Edith Head sketches in my house. Including the sketch featured in the Edith Head stamp, that they came out with a few years ago.
Fool.rather_emily on February 21st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
omg the last ones/s are amazing!
Jessicashdwcat on February 21st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU for this post.
ex_ghostpian526 on February 21st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
i love fashion illustration so much.
i'd love to study it in the future!
spitta spicollihey_spectrum on February 21st, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
this is one of my favorite posts ever made in this community.
Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Charlie.ohdarling__x on February 21st, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I love these! I really wish I could use watercolour like that.
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Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
I nearly bought that although at the time i think i was reluctant to spend £25 on it. They are lovely though.
The Riccardo Tisci one is so..'him.'

What do you do at LCF?
lacey baby apple smith.novembrr on February 21st, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
sorry for all the pictures!
i am reeeeally excited about this post.

i went to school for fashion design and would really like to do fashion illustration. this was my final project for my fashion illustration class a few years ago when i did alice in wonderland as runway clothes.

(bad quality pictures)

(my first attempt at flats, don't judge me!)

and something a little more recent (as in a year ago)

i'd much rather do all illustrations by hand. i was supposed to do them on the computer for a different project and kind of refused. i'd like to try some different styles though.
Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry for all the pictures!
They're lovely :) Especially the last ones.
skagirl1069skagirl1069 on February 21st, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
these are all lovely!
stipleman is still practicing, he supposedly has a book coming out later this year, and is teaching fashion art at FIT in new york (i attend the school, my roommate has him for the class!)
Helenmyanonymous on February 22nd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I am so very, very jealous.
Natashaliegbeest on February 21st, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
i suppose what i do can be put under the head of fashion illustration... no idea what im going to do with that, but im branching out to comics and concepts and games.
naimountaintops on February 22nd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
yes i like these
sandypandycandysandypandycandy on February 22nd, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
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BOMI Pakai_crunch on February 22nd, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
im going to take fashion illustration as an elective in my degree heheh
so,,love this post !esp. the afro lady sooo gorgeous
cosmonarta: heart haircutcosmonarta on February 22nd, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Garance Doré:
sugarxnspice on February 22nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I love Garance!
Kin_n0sense on February 23rd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
A lot of this reminds me of artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, are you a fan?
Helenmyanonymous on February 23rd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
To an extent, i am. I love a lot of the Impressionist-era work by that bunch and some of the post-impressionist things he was involved in, but i've never really been that into him. Monet's my main man for Impressionism.
mayhemvisualsmayhemvisuals on February 26th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I'm quite late in this, but my absolutely favourite fashion illustrator must be Cedric Rivrain:

And one other is Piet Paris, who I personally find overrated, but he's well known in Holland when it comes to fashion illustration, and he teaches classes at my college or something.

And thank you for this post, it's very interesting seeing some illustrators I didn't yet know of in here since I'm thinking more and more about going into fashion illustrating myself later, instead of just studying fashion design.