fashion illustration

New season fashion books

The History Of Modern Fashion Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl

Years and years and years ago, I remember gearing up for my first term at fashion college. We were given a list of things we needed to buy, which necessitated a trip to R. D. Franks in Market Place (off Oxford Circus) to stock up on essential books and magazines. (more…)

Save the date: FIG Unframed

Richard Haines fashion illustration gallery at The Shop At Bluebird

Here’s a can’t-miss for fashion illustration students and enthusiasts….

The fantastic Fashion Illustration Gallery is hosting a rather lovely ‘unframed’ exhibition at The Shop At Bluebird from tomorrow until 12th June 2015. If you know The Shop At Bluebird, you’ll already know that it features some gems from the FIG on its walls, but this is a first for so many pieces to be shown in the raw. (more…)

Tanya Ling X Queene & Belle

Tanya ling cashmere for Queene & Belle

Tanya Ling is quite the lady of the moment. She has long been on my radar for her ravishing illustrations of Vuitton’s collections, she has an addictive Instagram feed and a giant assemblage of her line paintings is the sight that greets you on entering Alex Eagle’s inspiring new lifestyle store in South Kensington. (more…)

Library corner: Bold Beautiful and Damned – the world of 1980s fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes


Much as I love fashion photography, nothing beats slapping a brush on a page and creating an exaggerated line that sums up the silhouette of the season. I’m well out of practice in that respect but I still love to enjoy amazing work from the great and good of fashion illustration. On Instagram I get my fix from David Downton and if you appreciate illustration I recommend that you do too.

Back in the day, I was inspired by the work of Tony Viramontes. His work can be enjoyed again in a new book, ‘Bold, Beautiful and Damned’ just published by Laurence King. (more…)