Can we talk about fashion illustration? Because i’m a final year fashion student trying to figure out how draw beautiful people in beautiful clothes.


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I don’t want to give you a history lesson, but, i feel its important to take a look back and appreciate how the craft started (i’ll be brief).

Fashion illustration has been around for nearly 500 years. It began as a means of fashion communication being used to help translate an idea or style into a physical image/drawing/illustration.

Looking back first at the 1800’s to early 1900’s fashion illustration was stiff and conservative, mimicking society and culture at that time. As the decades passed, artists and designers became more creative and experimental with their styles – mimicking and representing the time periods.

Below are a collection of fashion illustrations throughout the 20th century to demonstrate how they have evolved:

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All images copyright to respective artists. Links available on each image.