New York based fashion illustrator Autumn Whitehurst has produced work across a range of media including advertising, editorial work, and CD covers. Her long client list consists of names such as Elle, Nylon Magazine, Victoria’s Secret, Vogue, American Eagle Outfitters and Marie Claire. An array of her beautiful vector illustration can be seen on the Illustration Division website.
Born in Paris, France in 1887, Georges Lepape studied at the famous École des Beaux-Arts. In 1910 he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, where he met the great designer Paul Poiret. They became friends and began working together. In 1911, he illustrated Poiret’s brochure, Les Choses de Paul Poiret. It was illustrated in a very similar style of Poiret’s previous brochure, Robes de Paul Poiret by Paul Iribe.
Shortly after, Mr. Lepape, left to work for designer Jean Patou, where he illustrated Patou’s collections. During this period he illustrated many magazine covers for the likes of the Gazette Du Bon Ton, Femina, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. In 1923, Mr. Lepape produced theatre costumes designs for Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird. However, after the war, he focused on less fashion-orientated projects, and illustrated for advertising and publishing.
Georges Lepape’s style is without doubt a product of his period. Very influenced by the Art Deco movement, but equally influenced by Persian miniatures, which was only just being discover by western artists. The two styles draw a lot of parallels, their strong geometric shapes and bright colours. However I would attribute his ligne claire sensibilities to the miniatures.
As with a lot of the early 20th century illustrator’s, it is hard to find a good body of their work in one place, however Vogue have a great collection of his covers on their website.
New Yorker Steven Stipelman has been working as a fashion illustrator for some 40+ years. He got his feet wet creating newspaper adverts and catalogues illustration for the store, Henri Bendel. He moved steadily on to working Women’s Wear Daily, and has continued working with them.
Mr. Stipelman has steadied his freelance journey having worked with top fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Bill Blass, and Oscar de la Renta. For over 30 years, alongside his successful freelance career, Mr. Stipelman shares his skills teaching at various collages and institutes. He is currently Associate Professor of Fashion Design-Art at the place where he once studied, the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Not short of achievement in 1996, Mr. Stipelman also published the book Illustrating Fashion: from Concept to Creation. A book which is close to a staple for all fashion illustration students.
Esra Røise is a Norwegian illustrator based in Oslo. She is inspired by everyday situations and snapshot photography due to their impulsive nature and bad cropping. You can see this in her work, which are often simply pencils and flashes of colour. They come alive, despite the fact that illustration is inanimate. Her facial expressions are unusual and intriguing and boy, can she draw hair! Clients include Vogue, Wallpaper*, United Airlines and Nike.
Antonio is a self-taught designer/illustrator from Brazil. He has several skills, including traditional and digital techniques and has a great handle on typography. His photo-manipulations are incredible and at times feel like illustrations. I love the way he manipulates foreshortening perspectives and exaggerates physical elements in his work. See more on his website.