Fashion is incredibly popular all over the world. Young or old, man or woman, rich or poor, people seem passionate about the ways to become better looking, more elegant or simply cool. Magazines are dedicated to this industry and regularly present awesome creations to their readers.
Unfortunately, one branch in this industry doesn’t seem to get the love they deserve: fashion illustrators.
1. Arturo Elena
With over 20 years of experience in the world of fashion, Arturo Elena can be proud of working with top brands such as Loewe, Chanel, Audermars Piguet, and much more. His illustrations have also been featured in countless Spanish and international magazines.
Image Credits: Arturo Elena’s Portfolio
2. Sophie Griotto
Sophie Griotto is a French fashion illustrator who creates fresh and friendly looking illustrations that often take place in a young and urban environment. She has been featured in several magazines and in some recent books about fashion illustration.
Image Credits: Sophie Griotto’s Portfolio
3. Jason Brooks
Born in London in 1969, Jason Brooks grew up with a passion for drawing and painting. He began working for the British edition of Vogue Magazine while still studying in St. Martins design school and received an award for his fashion illustration work. His travel journals have become popular, especially his “Paris Sketchbook“.
Image Credits: Jason Brooks’ Portfolio
4. Nuno DaCosta
Working for all kinds of big brands, such as Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Triumph, Clinique, Vogue, and more, Nuno DaCosta has made himself a name in the fashion illustration industry. He works mostly with water colors and Gouache, then retouches his images in Photoshop. He is based in London and is self-taught, proving that you can succeed without attending a prestigious design school.
Image Credits: Nuno DaCosta’s Portfolio on Illustration Web
5. Fifi Lapin
Fifi Lapin is not exactly a fashion illustrator, but the subject of fashion illustrations. She has been mentioned in Elle Magazine as “the world’s most stylish bunny” and definitively deserves that title. In a cute and playful manner, Fifi Lapin presents some top fashion clothes to her readers, unfortunatly I couldn’t find the human being hiding behind Fifi.
Image Credits: Fifi Lapin’s website
6. Achraf Amiri
Achraf Amiri is a young Belgian illustrator who defines himself as “the hidden son of the Addams family”. When you look at his drawings, you could think that it is true. His illustrations are both morbid and wonderfully poetic.
Image Credits: Achraf Amiri’s blog
7. Petra Dufkova
Petra Dufkova comes from the Czech Republic and works as a freelance fashion illustrator in Germany. She won an illustration award during China Fashion Week, a recognition for her gorgeous work, a mix of watercolored drawings and beautiful portraits.
Image Credits: Petra Dufkova’s Portfolio on Illustration Web
8. Manuel Rebollo
If you are looking for simple and gorgeous illustrations, you should take a look at Manuel Rebollo’s portfolio. The Spanish illustrator’s fashion work is often not too colorful, but always elegant with its simple curves and use of empty space.
Image Credits: Manuel Rebollo’s blog
Working with top level fashion designers, Coco has been around the world to work and explore other visual cultures. She has worked on numerous collaborations in the fashion industry and has been published in great publications by Taschen, Gestalten and Victionary. She now works for her own business and keeps on creating minimalist, line-based fashion illustrations.
Image Credits: Coco’s Portfolio
10. Cecilia Carlstedt
Swedish fashion illustrator Cecilia Carlstedt’s working consists of surreal, beautiful watercolored artworks. She studied graphic design and illustration at the London College of Communication, then started to take on commissioned work for clients such as H&M, La Perla, Swarovski, Paul Smith and Victoria’s Secret.
Image Credits: Cecilia Carlstedt’s Portfolio
11. Laura Laine
Laura Laine studied fashion design before starting to work full-time as a freelance fashion illustrator. Among her recent clients you can find big companies like Zara, Vogue, GAP, The New York Times, and many others. She also teaches fashion illustration in various schools.
Image Credits: Laura Laine’s Portfolio
12. Danny Roberts
No need to be old to illustrate the world of fashion. Danny Roberts is a young fashion illustrator from California who enjoys drawing famous models and clothes. Very hard working, he sells his drawings through Etsy, a popular marketplace for handmade things.
13. Stina Persson
Stina Persson’s work is amazingly diverse. She creates colorful watercolors, cut paper, acrylic, ink and photo work. Her talent has not gone unnoticed, she had the opportunity to work with big corporate clients and international magazines.
Image Credits: Stina Persson’s Portfolio
14. Audria Brumberg
Working in New York as a creative designer, Audria Brumberg also creates gorgeous fashion illustrations.
Image Credits: Audria Brumberg’s Portfolio
15. Gary Fernandez
Apart from drawing beautiful illustrations, Gary Fernandez also creates beautiful sculptures. It is the illustration work that made him famous though. The strange women he draws are always poetic and mysterious as well as elegant. Gary has exhibited his work in two solo exhibitions in Shanghai, and Marseille, and two group exhibitions in Madrid and Paris. He was often hired by big brand for illustration work that got him featured in many magazines and books.
Image Credits: Gary Fernandez’s Portfolio
16. Zoe More O’Ferrall
Another British illustrator, Zoe More O’Ferrall’s passion for drawing is very obvious in each of her fashion illustrations. Her illustrated characters often come from a punk universe and dress accordingly.
Image Credits: Zoe More O’Ferrall’s Portfolio
17. Tanya Ling
Tanya Ling studied Fashion Design and Textiles at St Martins School of Art. After graduating in 1989 she moved to Paris to work as a designer for Dorothee Bis and then for Christian Lacroix. Now she works as a fashion illustrator in London.
Image Credits: Tanya Ling Portfolio
18. Mats Gustafson
Mats Gustafson was born in Sweden where he studied costume design. He has been contributing to fashion illustrations for over thirty years and keeps working from New York city.
Image Credits: Mats Gustafson Portfolio
19. Aurore de la Morinerie
After a diploma in applied arts, Aurore de la Morinerie studied Chinese calligraphy for a couple of years. This helped her in focusing better, and provided an asian influence that is still very obvious in her fashion illustrations now. Nowadays she works for both big brands in the fashion industry and magazines.
Image Credits: Aurore de la Morinerie’s Portfolio
20. Raphaël Vicenzi
Raphaël Vicenzi is an illustrator who lives in Brussels, Belgium. His fashion illustration work is gorgeous, mixing shapes, lines and colors in tasteful explosions. He has often been featured in art and fashion magazines.
Image Credits: Raphaël Vicenzi’s Portfolio