Gill Button is an artist and illustrator based in London. Her confident, aqueous oil and ink paintings have been published in many leading publications, used for brand campaigns, and exhibited in numerous prominent galleries.
Button studied at Maidstone College of Art, then later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration at Kingston University London. Graduating in 1995, Button has gone on to work for some of today’s leading companies and some of our most influential publications, including BBC, Wolf Ollins, Vanity Fair, Tatler, The Times, Gallimard, and Gucci. Her work has been exhibited in the Fashion Illustration Gallery, Less is More Projects, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Coningsby gallery.
Craig & Karl is a transatlantic illustration duo. Craig Redman is based in New York and Karl Maier in London. Despite the distance and time difference, they collaborate on a daily basis to create bold work that is both thoughtful and humorous.
The duo, originally from Australia, began their working relationship whilst attending Queensland College of Art. Collaborating on a project in their very first semester, they hit it off and worked together on every project thereafter. Their partnership continued past college, founding the art and design group Rinzen Collective, with several friends.
Mustafa Soydan is a fashion illustrator based in Istanbul, Turkey. Whose stylish and confident illustrations have amassed a following of over 36 thousand on Instagram.
Soydan studied Fine Art at Çukurova University. Graduating in 2009, he landed a job straight away as an illustrator for a creative agency. He moved around companies for a short while before establishing his own, Mustafa Soydan Gallery. During this time, he has worked with large brands including Tom Ford, Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Mercedes-Benz, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Ogilvy & Mather.
Pierre Simon was a French fashion illustrator. Born in 1907 he started his career in the 1920s and was particularly active during the 1940s and 1950s. Predominately illustrating for advertisements, he worked with Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Boucheron Jewelry and Orlane Cosmetics. His work also appeared in the French edition of Vogue magazine.
Simon’s early work exhibit stylized elongated faces and hands, although his figures were relatively short. His women looked hard-nosed, similar to popular 1930s femme fatales of the time. As his style developed the reverse became true. He started drawing face that were more realistically proportioned, while he stretched out the body. Long necks and legs made his women look more delicate and elegant.
Simon’s evolving style is a sign of the influence the artist trends had on him. His loaded ink brush technique is very reminiscent of René Gruau’s work. This is particularly noticeable looking at Simon’s 1950s illustrations. His later work more resembled traditional advertising illustration of the time, then it did fashion illustrations. Throughout his career he continuing to refine his own style. Perfecting the use of limited lines and colour, in just a few brush strokes he could create confident and engaging men and women that would effortlessly capture the viewers gaze.
It is difficult to find a lot of Pierre Simon’s illustrations online, but a great place to start is HPrints.
William Travilla was an Oscar-winning costume designer who dressed around 270 Hollywood stars across more than 100 movies and TV episodes.
Often known as just “Travilla,” or “Billy” to his friends, he was born on March 22, 1920 in Los Angeles, California. At an young age, he was enrolled in the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts). Travilla demonstrated tremendous skill and was moved up to the adult classes at only eight years old.
René Bouché was an artist and fashion illustrator, known for his work in Vogue magazine and his social portraiture. Born Robert August Buchstein, 1905, in Austro-Hungarian Prague. By the age of 15, he was earning a living from illustration. At age 21, he studies art history at Munich University under the tutelage of Heinrich Wölfflin.
In 1927, he moved to Berlin and adopted the name René Robert Bouché. In the early 1930s, shortly after Hitler came to power, Bouché left for Paris. There he studied at Amédée Ozenfant’s atelier, l’Académie Ozenfant. From 1934, Bouché contributed drawings to the magazine Plaisir de France and advertising for Nestlé.
Joe Eula was an American fashion illustrator, costume designer, stage director, and tastemaker. Began his career whilst still in his 20s, Eula’s accomplishments are awe-inspiring.
Born in 1925, Connecticut. He graduated from high school in 1942 at the onset of World War II. Eula enlisted in the American Light Infantry, serving in the Italian Campaign. He fought in the Apennines Mountains and was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1945, after the war had ended, he enrolled at Art Students League of New York.