Many people assume that I am a wiz with a paint brush, because I went to Parson’s School of Design, but the truth is, as a marketing major, I struggled in illustrations class. And with that defeat, came my sincerest appreciation for those disciplined few, that could turn any canvas into a masterpiece.
While I may never advance from finger paint and stick figures, these 8 creative fashion illustrators break boundaries between mediums, using anything from nail polish, flowers, digital images and farmers market cuisine to aid their brush strokes. Some have even caught the eyes of major fashion brands like Chanel, Dior and Balmain.
Spend some time at Le Musée du Instagram and check out 8 of our favourite posts from these imaginative artistes below.
@shamekhbluwi: Shamekh Bluwi gained popularity on Instagram when he posted sketches of a woman whose dress has been cut out, so that you could see through to the background. A simple, yet unbelievable effect that makes every image intricate.
@paperfashion: Katie Rodgers is an artist based in New York City, who creates ballerina-esque illustrations that have caught the eye of major fashion brands such as Christian Louboutin, after she used the brands nail polishes in one of her posts.
@grace_ciao: Grace Ciao caught attention with fashion insiders with her integration of live florals into her illustrations and she has since gained clients such as Chanel, Dior and Fendi.
@racheljoanis: Rachel Joanis is a Canadian artist who is known best for her graphic illustrations. By using Adobe Illustrator she is able to bend reality and make the viewer question if the art is digital, or painted.
@latinforglory: Fashion illustrator, Gloria Hernandes, cut her teeth at Parsons School of Design Paris, and wows with her lifelike illustration of famous footwear from, Chanel to Nicholas Kirkwood.
@groehrs: Gretchen Roehrs is a fashion illustrator of the non-conventional style, creating illustrations using both paint and food items from banana peels to a French baguette.
@isabellefeliu: Originally from Quebec, Isabelle Feliu is a fashion illustrator who uses watercolor to depict dreamy fashion imagery with model figures giving off a serious Picasso vibe.
@jamieleereardin: Jamie Lee Reardin grew up in Toronto, and now lives in Los Angeles focusing on the art of fashion illustration. Inspired by Tim Burton, her cartoon like sketches on coffee cups and cardstock have given her the opportunity to be commissioned by brands like Dior and Balmain.