The fashion industry officially has a new obsession. Elite brands like J.Crew, Chanel, and Prada have enlisted the help of talented illustrators to give their designs new life. Bursting with vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and endless personality, their stylish sketches never fail to impress. Plus, the artists often interpret celeb looks and runway shows, so you’ll never miss a stylish beat. To celebrate our fascination, we’ve compiled a guide to fashion’s most artistic virtuosos.
Scroll down to meet 12 incredible fashion illustrators.
Packed with humor and cultural relevance, Alex Kim's feed of illustrations is informed by youth, and she's amassed thousands of followers through a dedication to celebrity style. Including everyone from Rihanna to Drake to Lana Del Rey, Kim's star-studded sketches are instantly recognizable, even while faceless.
With stellar personal style and insider snaps of the fashion scene, Jenny Walton is equal parts illustrator and It girl. You'll be charmed by her intricately patterned and vibrantly colored sketches, not to mention her penchant for statement earrings and globe-trotting.
Katie Rodgers's watercolors exude an electric glow, enchanting thousands of Instagram followers (along with the likes of Vanity Fair). Plus, she's not afraid of innovation, using a keen eye to turn everyday items into delicate gowns.
We have no doubt that Ellie Benuska will soon be an illustrator laureate. With stunning watercolors of Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss, and Kendall Jenner, her illustrations give new life to runway royalty.
Emily Brickel Edelson has some of the sassiest, sweetest drawings on Instagram. Her app, Chic Sketch, an innovative way to turn personal style into artistic magic, has already caught the eyes of Vogue and other major voices in fashion.
Grounded somewhere between realism and flamboyance, Lena Ker's illustrations demonstrate an admirable obsession with high-end couture. Travel back to the moment you first approached fashion with wide-eyed wonder, and you'll quickly click "follow."
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One of Instagram's most intense illustrators, Jessica Durrant has a flair for the dramatic. Her watercolored silhouettes of stunning gowns suggest that fashion just might have a dark side. When you're nearly convinced, Durrant zooms in on the best of fashion's beauty, demonstrating a keen passion for embellishments and daring backs.
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Lawyer turned artist Mats Meyer has an intelligence that shines through on her sophisticated feed. Full of texture, grace, and subtle sensuality, her black-and-white works are framed thoughtfully, often on crisp sheets alongside feminine flowers.
Her work with some of the industry's most glamorous brands (think Chanel and Tiffany & Co.) makes Megan Hess a clear member of the fashion elite. Rarely one to leave white space, Hess carves out context for her looks, placing pencil skirts in Dubai and Anna Wintour in her proper front-row seat.
Rongrong DeVoe's growing following reflects her impressive attention to detail. Based in Houston, she never skimps on personality. Polished fingernails, bubbles in champagne, and the fluttering of eyelashes all pack a punch alongside trendy street style.
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Lakshmi Sarkar's stunning watercolors pop with vibrant hues and a sense of movement. Her unique staging of pieces and materials reminds you that an artist is at work, so you're always at the ready for her next creation.
Clever handle aside, Carly Kuhn has some serious drawing chops. Kuhn's quirky interpretations of runway and red carpet standouts are undeniable sartorial perfection.
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Meaghan Morrison travels the world and captures moments from her adventures in her dynamic and colorful paintings.
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Kristen Nichols.