Garance Doré started her blog in 2006 as a way to garner attention for her fashion illustrations. Nine years later she has millions of fans worldwide, who appreciate her quirky views on fashion and laid back personal writing. Garance still makes fashion illustrations and has a wonderful line of stationery, for sale on her website. garancedore.fr
Want to give drawing a try yourself? Fashion Illustration Techniques: A Super Reference Book for Beginners is a great work that can teach you the basics of fashion illustration. Author Zeshu Takamura based his book on the courses that he teaches at the Japanese Bunka Fashion College.
Fashion illustrations needn’t be confined to your living room or boudoir. All that drab office stuff and computer equipment could do with a little fashion and colour. Put an illustration on your desk for instant style and a touch of femininity.
Beautiful shoes don’t need to stay hidden. Give them pride of place between books, scented candles and vases. The same goes for sunglasses and handbags. And even hats: you can put those on a hat stand or hang them on the wall. You’ll have a well-dressed home and be happy to see your fabulous accessories on a daily basis.
The book 100 Years of Fashion Illustration offers, with 400 fabulous illustrations, a great overview of the art. From a century ago, when fashion magazines only used illustrations and no photographs, to our era and work that is created digitally.
Adorn your wall with a vintage fashion illustration for a touch of class. One of the great artists of the twentieth century is René Gruau, who worked for Dior, Schiaparelli and Lanvin, and magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Gruau is famous for his elegant style and flowing brushstrokes.
Clothing hangers are a clever way to display your fashion illustrations. The rose golden ones are by Danish design label Hay. They look good with a print clipped to them, but also lend themselves to other purposes. Why not use them to display a favourite item of clothing, sparkly jewellery or a row of pretty scarves? hay.dk
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