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  • The Way We Wore, 2010; Gi Myao, The Washington Post; gouache on paper

  • Sunday Telegraph, 2011; Julia Pelzer; watercolor and colored pencil

     

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Illustration Now! Fashion, by Taschen

Taschen continues with its famous Illustration now! series, edited by Julius Wiedemann, this time with a volume dedicated entirely to fashion illustration. The book underlines the importance of illustration to fashion, which is broadly recognized not only because an entire collection often begins with a single sketch but also because illustration has historically been fashion’s best friend. Illustrators fit perfectly within the creative universe of a brand, a shop or a clothing line, able to add this extra sparkle of magic that we are all looking for. At the same time, they open a world full of possibilities, a world reminiscent of the illustrated stories and fairy tales of our childhood. With illustrations practically invading everything nowadays, from t-shirts to bags and perfumes, it is almost impossible to think of fashion without thinking also of fashion illustration.

With more than 90 artists forming part of this Taschen monographic, amongst them Gi Myao, Cecilia Carlstedt, Samantha Hahn, Ruben Toledo, Bill Cunningham, Julia Pelzer, Hiroshi Tanabe or Lovisa Burfitt, emotion is guaranteed. The 400-page book, which also features an introduction by illustration expert Steven Heller and a historical essay on the prolific relationship between fashion and illustration by Adelheid Rasche, is about to be released in December, making it a perfect gift for Christmas. Well, you can’t say you haven’t been warned!