The undeniable romance between fashion and art has been around since the beginning of time. Designers rely on sketches of their pieces to bring their creative visions to life. Peek into the world of the artists who take this fusion to a whole new level. These slaves of fashion create art pieces that would be the envy of any girl’s vanity, closet, office… OK, anywhere. If you love fashion and you love art, this one’s for you.
Based out of Melbourne, Australia, this graphic designer-turned-international fashion illustrator works with the world’s most renowned and luxurious brands. Hess lists Hitchcock, Hepburn and film noir among her influences, which inspire her unique pen-and-ink illustrations. From her cheeky-yet-sophisticated drawings celebrating the best day of the week (Friday, of course!) to her work for the likes of Coco Channel, Vanity Fair, and Cartier—her iconic illustrations ooze all things flirty-feminine and couture.
Born in a small village outside of Tel Aviv, Israel, and now operating Stateside, Nataly Abramovitch, aka Kukula, draws on her rich multicultural background and fantastical imagination to express her deep love of couture fashion. Describing her work as neo-Rococo, Kukula’s paintings are famously graced with doll-like figures—her Haute Debutantes—creating distinctive images that blend surrealism, pop culture, and high fashion. Piece shown features McQueen dress.
German icon Wolfgang Joop’s day job is fashion design, but his fashion sketches have become well known as l’art pour l’art—art for art’s sake. And as any art enthusiast knows, such well drawn plans for fashion as Joop produces become masterpieces in their own right. In addition to his JOOP! and WUNDERKIND fashion lines, Wolfgang Joop has opened several exhibitions of his fashion drawings in Germany, and many of his original pieces are still available for purchase.
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