In preparation for Selling Dreams Not Clothes (hopefully this Sunday) I thought it would be nice to take a lingering look through my books on fashion illustration and slip into a fashion frenzied mood.  It’s no secret that when I was in school I was absolutely obsessed with fashion illustration, photographs, magazines.  I used to spend about £40 a month on magazines alone, finding myself often more inspired by the creations of fashion editors than many a famous artist.  to the point that I actually applied and was interviewed for Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion.  In hindsight it wouldn’t have been right for me, but the thought of being swept up in the world of designers, fabrics and workrooms was intoxicating.

So here are a few examples of fashion illustrators that i used to love.  It has been nice getting to know them again.  Enjoy!

Bobby Hilson:

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David Downton

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Francois Berthoud:

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Jacques Demarchy:

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Mats Gustafson:

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Stephen Stipelman:

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Carlos Aponte:

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Pierre Louis Mascia:

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Sophie Toulouse:

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Rene Gruau:

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What I love about FI in particular is that it really has no limits, and it’s all pretty timeless.  It really makes me want to draw again, and to go back and do life drawing; to draw drapes and folds and skin.

In my next post I will show you some of my favourite fashion editorials from a few years ago.  I haven’t scanned anything in since about 2009 so it will maybe be stuff you haven’t seen before or recently.

All of the above images have been taken from the following publications:  100 Years of Fashion Illustration.  Fashion Illustration Next.  Pourquoi Pas?  I do not own any of the images.

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