Whether it’s to create buzz around a collection or to build hype for an upcoming runway show, luxury brands such as Gucci and Valentino have been turning to fashion illustrators for creative collaborations. Using mainly watercolors, pencils, and their own distinct techniques, these artists recreate runway looks through their fluid brushstrokes and turn them into exceptional works of art that are a visual feast to the eye – even for non-art lovers.
Savoir Flair has conducted a search to give you eight fashion illustrators from the world over to follow on Instagram for your daily dose of creative inspiration. Scroll through to discover the artists and catch a glimpse of their impressive portfolios.
UK-based fashion illustrator Gill Button works mainly with oil and canvas to depict runway images from Alexander McQueen, Prada, and Dries Van Noten.
Also hailing from the UK, the self-taught fashion illustrator who goes by the name of Unskilled Worker has been working with Italian fashion brand Gucci to recreate its runway looks into dreamy, vivid, and childlike works of art.
New York-based Kelly Beeman has been collaborating with fashion brands such as J.W. Anderson and Tory Burch to transform their runway collections into beautiful watercolor paintings. Beeman takes the subjects out of the runway and places them in fictional backdrops, resulting in ultra-sophisticated artworks.
The Californian artist Bijou Karman reimagines and recreates the runway girls from Marni, Gucci, and Simone Rocha into self-portraits that exude an air of mystery.
Dubai-based Filipino illustrator Nicky Roa reworks runway looks from brands like Erdem, Giambattista Valli, and Valentino into cartoon-like characters that are reminiscent of a Tim Burton movie, throwing a mix of fashion and pop culture references into his pencil drawings.
Roberto Sanchez, also known as Robso, is from Mexico and makes use of primary colors and sharp geometric shapes to translate Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, and Thom Browne runway images into dynamic and futuristic pieces of art.
This Instagram account is the brainchild of New York-based artist Rebecca Russo, who takes a more abstract approach to her calligraphic sketches, resulting in a wonderfully colorful chaos of lines and shapes.
Charlotte Levy of the @Shiny_Beast masterfully plays with colors to convert runway and lookbook images from Erdem, Prada, and Christopher Kane into paintings that look like they came from the 18th century.