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Fashion Illustrator by Bethan Morris

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Historical and Contemporary Fashion Illustration

The story of fashion illustration is one of change. Through the last century alone, distinct changes in illustrative styles, and the popularity of the illustrated figure, have taken place. Different drawing styles have emerged, encouraged by the development of new media. Fashions have evolved constantly and the representation of the fashion figure has altered dramatically. This chapter will examine why these changes occurred and, more significantly, how styles from the past still influence illustrators’ work today.

The beginnings of fashion illustration

Throughout the centuries, artists have been inspired by costume and fabric. Fashion illustrators have depicted the latest fashions, publicizing ...

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