Fashion Illustration: A Disappearing Art.

Illustrator Andy Warhol
Illustrator Andy Warhol

It originated with drawing and painting.  Once upon a time, Fashion Illustration was commissioned by fashion magazines as part of an editorial feature, a form of advertising or promoting a collection by fashion designers or department stores.

If you were to pursue a career in Fashion Design, as a student, several Fashion Illustration classes were on the required syllabus.  This form of art, that has been around for 500 years is slowly disappearing before our eyes.

Illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme
Illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Living in an era, where time means money, speeding up the process of creating a garment and getting it to the masses can easily be done by computers, and could cost much less once applied correctly.

Illustrator Amelie Hegardt
Illustrator Amelie Hegardt
Illustrator Ruben Toledo
Illustrator Ruben Toledo
Illustrator Julie Verhoven
Illustrator Julie Verhoeven

Illustrations were solely used on fashion magazines, until the 1930s when Vogue use it’s first photographic image.  It has gone from being a major way of communicating fashion to now playing a minor role.

Artists like Andy Warhol (1928-1987),  Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Tanya Ling, Ruben Toledo, Julie Verhoeven  plus many more, have worked for almost every major international fashion magazine and fashion business including Barneys, Dolce and Gabbana, Oscar De La Renta and Mulberry.

I would like to give a nod to a professor that opened my eyes and taught me more about F.I.T, than anyone else.

Renaldo Barnette
Renaldo Barnette
Renaldo Barnette
Renaldo Barnette

I had the pleasure of having Professor Renaldo Barnette, at Fashion Institute Of Technology, taught me for four years. He graded your drawing ability and lowered a grade if mistakes were made, always pushing you until you’re at your best.

Thank you Prof. Barnette for helping me understand that this isn’t just drawing but a form of art that should be respected.

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  1. Diego Lobato

    Muito bom o blog adorei os desenhos do seu professor Renaldo Barnette são muito lindos.
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    Very good the blog I adored the drawings of his teacher,Renaldo Barnette very lovely.
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