I like the idea that fashion starts off as a sketch by the designer, before becoming a physical garment, and for me, fashion illustration takes this process full circle interpreting the clothes back to an image. The fabrics, patterns and colours are what I want to explore rather than the figure. I use a wide variety of material to create my work from fabric, paper, photographs…all to try and capture the essence of the clothes I am illustrating (the figures in my work really just act as a foil to display the clothes).
My ultimate ‘fashion illustration’ project would be to explore someone’s life/narrative through their clothes: to catelogue the queen’s wardrobe (especially her hats) over her Jubilee year, for example, or perhaps the wardrobe of someone like Iris Apfel or the jewels of Elizabeth Taylor. I think that clothes in themselves can tell a fascinating story.
Poster design by Slashstroke Magazine as part of the G0 Figure publication that accompanies the show.