The rhythm of the strokes that a fashion illustrator makes across the page can determine the mood of the work: consider the contrast in feeling evoked by a delicate watercolour and by a bold slash of brightly coloured marker pen. Tobie Giddio creates a ‘soundscape’ in her fashion drawings. They have such dramatic flair and extraordinary impact that they might be compared to a full-blown opera. Even in pastel tones or when she employs gentler strokes, there is a true presence to her work.

Giddio’s feeling for silhouette contributes to the strength of her illustrations. Whether for Lacroix or McQueen, the women she conjures up take centre stage like the true fashion divas they are. She also displays a very specific eye for colour, ...

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