Be it their personal take on runway moments, experiments with colours and textures, fashion illustrators find cool ways of expressing themselves. Here are the top fashion illustrators to follow.
One might call them old-school but illustrations have their own charm, and more so in fashion. Even before terms such as ‘cover’ or ‘cover stars’ came into existence, magazines were fronted by hand-drawn illustrations. Of course, with the technological interventions, good old fashion illustrations have come a long way, making a wholesome image of a brand projection on social media. Working with some of the leading labels such as Prada, Burberry, and Chanel, there is an army of fashion illustrations who lend their creativity to the brand.
The name needs no introduction. A regular name in the New York fashion scene, Walton is mostly celebrated for her impeccable illustrations of the runway shows. What sets her apart is her minimal sense of art; imagine colour Marni skirts drawn in beige and black. That sums up Walton’s work. Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, and Carolina Herrera are some of the brands with whom she had collaborated.
If you are a fan of Gucci sweatshirts featuring Renaissance-style paintings, you will surely know Barcelona-based illustrator Ignasi Monreal’s work. The running themes among all his paintings can range from politics, sociology to even Greek and Roman mythology. Having a background in classical art, what makes Monreal unique is his contemporary point of view and his digital savvy work. One look at his Instagram feed will prove why is he one of the most sought after illustrators, collaborating with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Louboutin, and JW Anderson. One of the highlights of his career was Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, the first of its kind to be fully digitally painted.
From noticing the finer details of an outfit on the runway to underlining the walk of a man donning a pantsuit on the road, Carly Kuhn can be credited for highlighting the finer details of fashion. And she does it in a rather evocative and an alluring way. Today Kuhn is known by the name of The Cartorialist and her New York meets California aesthetic. She rose to public consciousness when Sarah Jessica Parker reposted one of her drawings. Prada, Dior, and Oscar de la Renta are just some of the brands she has collaborated with.
One look at her take on fashion will exude an old-school vibe. She is truly inspired by some of the leading fashion photographers and believes in giving fashion her own spin. Characterised by messy smudged lines and layered watercolours, her work lies somewhere between abstract and quirky. Breitenstein has collaborated with labels such as Coach, Alice + Olivia, Chanel, and Prada.
NID graduate Jasjyot Singh Hans is one of the top fashion illustrators to follow and treats his art as a medium to engage in themes such a body positivity, sexuality, and self-love. Hans rose to fame in 2012 when Sabyasachi roped him in for a print project that he was working on. His unapologetic take on identity often characterised by thick black linework and subtle hues makes him one of a kind. Besides creating animated look books for the likes of Pero, Manish Arora, and Suket Dhir, his work has been featured in publications such as The Cut and I-D.
A true artist at heart, Rodgers began her career by dabbling into simple watercolours. In 2009, she launched her website Paper Fashion to exhibit her drawings and her passion for colours. Her ease at drawing women in high fashion, shadow dancers, and different renditions of florals elevated her career. And soon clients such as Estee Lauder and Cartier followed. What sets Rodgers work apart is her love for bright hues and her modern take on some of the biggest fashion events; think Meghan Markle’s Chloe wedding dress re-imagined on paper.
Just once scroll down her Instagram feed and you will know why she is one of the most celebrated fashion illustrators in the business today. Her eye for detail and her impeccable drawings have lured clients such as a DKNY, Nordstorm, and Victoria’s Secret. From distressed denim to sky-high heels feathers in a hat to costume jewellery; her colour pencils find a meaning to express her admiration for everything.
For Shweta Malhotra, fashion illustration was a meeting point of two of her obsessions: art and graphics. With her background in advertising, Malhotra was always driven to explore different facets of culture, fashion, and travel. A short stint at Benetton’s Visual Arts Research Centre in Italy prompted her to take up illustration more seriously. Her nuanced sense of form and colour is now visible in whatever she draws. Stills from the shows of couturiers such as Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, and Jacquemus, Malhotra has rolled out her rendition of fashion via colour and canvas.