Fashion illustrations have become an artistic craving lately. . . Editors love adding them in their magazines, websites and blogs and designers use them to reinforce their brands personal style. Can you blame them? They’re just adorable and readers eat them up like delicious cupcakes. Hence, our list of hottest fashion illustrators of the moment. From Garance Dore to Richard Haines and Dallas Shaw, here are our ten favorites that you should keep on your watch-list.
1. RICHARD HAINES
Founder of the blog What I saw Today, the New York designer-turned- illustrator Richard Haines is currently one of the most prominent names in the men’s fashion universe. Inspired by the NYC street style and residing at the NYFW menswear shows, Haines is most likely to been seen front row holding a sketchbook and tracing the most current trends. His work has been featured in leading magazines whereas his blog has become a destination for menswear savvies.
2. JEAN PHILIPPE DELHOMME
Originally painter and illustrator, JP Delhomme’s witty illustrations have been featured in several influential magazines over the years. Running his blog The Uknown Hipster, he depicts the NYC style in a colorful manner that proves to be appealing not only to magazines but also to the wide public. Besides his cartoonish illustrations he is also involved in animation and editorial production. Some of his sarcastic sketches depicting contemporary fashion figures were just incredible.
3. GARANCE DORE
Garance Doré is surely the versatile fashion persona. Her illustrations and snapshots are among the most desirable by fashion magazines, while her blog is ranked as one of the most closely followed by fashion aficionados. Although Parisian in heart and style, Garance is currently spending enough time in all fashion capitals so as to fuel her blog with trendy content. Alongside her blog, she handles several collaborations with international magazines and fashion brands both as an illustrator/photographer and consultant.
4. TANYA LING
Fueling her talent into both illustration and fashion design, Tanya Ling has led a career that many would envy. Named the most important trendsetter by the British Vogue in 2003, she has collaborated with the most influential fashion publications including Harper’s Bazaar and Elle US alongside commercial commissions for megabrands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Louis Vuitton and Harrods. Tanya’s latest success was the acquisition of 50 of her drawings by the Victoria & Albert museum in London.
5. DAVID DAWNTON
The formally trained graphic designer slash illustrator David Downton is widely known as the fashion show specialist. Having spent more a decade in Haute Couture shows in Paris, his designs have become a trademark for his name. He owns one of the richest client list which includes names such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Tiffany & Co whereas his portraits of beauty icons including Linda Evangelista, Carmen Dell’Orfice and Erin O’Connor are just a treatment for the eyes. Giving out a small secret, David Downton is the creator of Oscar de la Renta’s PR avatar on Twitter! Shhhh…
6. DALLAS SHAW
Dallas Shaw is the illustrator behind the worldly famous and girlish sketches of DKNY. She is the creator of the DKNY PR girl avatar for Twitter and Tumblr whereas she also compliments with her sketches other brands including Kate Spade, Ninewest and ShopStyle, among others. Dallas Shaw also runs her personal blog, where she chronicles her daily inspirations. A visit to her blog will answer all your questions. . .
7. HIROSHI TANABE
Adapting to the Japanese minimalistic style, Hiroshi Tanabe’s illustrations feature clean and flat lines giving a unique identity to his technique. His illustrations appeared in publications in Europe, the United States and Japan with hosts among others being the Times Magazine, the Rolling Stones and Harper’s Bazaar. He is also the creator of some of the most characteristic illustrations of the French iconic maison Hèrmes.
8. JAMES JEAN
For those of you who might not know him you definitely remember the famous Prada fairy-inspired mural used for the brand’s advertising campaign and source of inspiration for the S/S2008 Collection. Despite the fact that James could be labeled as a comic illustrator yet we regard that the particular work is one of the iconic fashion illustrations of all times making him a prominent name in our list.
9. SABINE PIEPER
Sabine Pieper is surely a promising entry in the world of fashion illustration. The Berlin based freelance photographer and fashion illustrator has made a strong kick-off start while she was recently commissioned by VLISCO to produce her first illustrated campaign. Looking forward to see her next steps!
We traced Inslee Haynes through our Internet browsing and we place her in our emerging illustration talents list. Currently based in New York, she started drawing at an early age until she decided to pursue her love for illustration through formal training. She founded as she says Inslee By Design, her personal blog, as a means to channel and communicate her love for illustration.