A while ago Harper’s Bazaar recommended 10 Fashion Illustrators to follow on Instagram. That caught my interest and I decided to take a closer look at each of them and try to understand a bit better what the Fashion Illustrators do.

Through a combination of fantastic drawing and creative skills with fashion passion, these talented illustrators often see the great houses of fashion – Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Valentino, to name a few – and magazines – Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, among others – become their clients. What do they do? Everything that involves capturing the beauty of fashion: from runway shows to fashion weeks, from lookbooks to magazine special requests. What they create is so delicate that, in some cases, becomes part of the brand communication.

The good surprise is that if you visit any of these illustrators’ websites, you will see that in their case – and quite literally – the sky is the limit. Their work often appears in the form of iPhone/iPad cases, wallets, clutches, bags, t-shirts and even chocolate bars.

When Oscar de la Renta passed away, I published in Petra Confashionista facebook page different illustrations of his gowns to honor him. In this post I used images from the illustrators I have following more closely: António Soares, Jean Shrimpton, Jessica Durrant, Anna Hammer, Sunny Gu, Anum Tariq, Dallas Shaw, Sarah Hankinson and Megan Hess, right below.

Fashion is an industry in constant change, hence, new opportunities, challenges and jobs appear every day. This is one of them, and one that was key in the beginning of magazines when most covers were drawn. 

Can you guess who are the designers that appear below?

Megan Hess

Megan Hess

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