Did you know that fashion illustration used to be an important art form in publishing? Prior to the widespread use of cameras and film, fashion illustrators were responsible for conveying the image of fashion designers to the world. As a matter of fact, the cover of Vogue used to feature fashion illustrations until photographs took over the job in the 1930s. Although fashion illustration as an art really declined through the 1900s, it is beginning to gain popularity once again for its unique way it is able to convey the notion that fashion is art. What I love about these five fashion illustrators, however, is their ability to capture a moment or attitude that really connects with me.
Holly Nichols has a BFA in studio art and lives in Braintree, MA. Companies like Living Proof, Disney, and Saks Fifth Avenue have all commissioned her art. Although slightly less glamorous, I recently featured her city prints in my newly redesigned bathroom. You can buy some of her art on Etsy.
Inslee Farris is an artist from New York City. Her work has been commissioned by companies like Elizabeth Arden, Neiman Marcus, Nautical, and Shiseido to name few. You can buy some relatively inexpensive prints of her work on her web site.
Melsys (Jamel Saliba)
Melsy is an artist from Boston, MA. She had a pop-up shop in NYC at Christmas, and my daughter and I were really hoping to meet her there. We missed her that day, but we stocked up on lots of prints to bring home. She also has an Etsy store where you can buy some of her art for yourself.
Rongrong DeVoe originally came to the US from China to pursue her career in fashion by getting a Masters in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working as a fashion designer in NYC, she moved to Houston, TX and pursued her art career. She has worked with brands such as Maybelline, Vogue, and InStyle. I have some of her art in my home office, and you can buy some on her Etsy store.
Megan Hess is a highly acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator who has worked with just about every major designer. Dior, Fendi, Tiffany, Wedgwood, Disney, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, and Vogue are just some of her clients. If you are like me and still saving up for one of her prints (they run around $250-400), you can enjoy some of her books instead. (Amazon affiliate links)
For more of my favorite fashion illustrations, check out my fashion illustration Pinterest board.