SPOTLIGHT: Fashion Illustrations: Hayden Williams

17 Oct

What I really love at the moment is fashion illustrations. Obviously I am obsessed just look to the left and you’ll see why. There’s such simplicity and elegance to the art of the illustration, a legacy that has left an impression for nearly 500 years. Wikipedia defines fashion illustration as ‘a form of communication of fashion that originates with illustration, drawing and painting. In other words these illustrations are a form of art, an art that exudes class, style, design, and vintage all at the same time.

Watercolor Fashion Illustration

Sadly, what once played a major role on the covers of magazines is
practically nonexistent today. Fashion illustrations have been on a decline since the
late 1930’s when Vogue began to replace the illustrated covers with
photographic images. Now in the present day, publications like Vogue, Harper’s
Bazaar, and InStyle use actual photographs, of celebrities no less. (Side note:
what happened to the Supermodels? That’s a post for another time).

It is always
refreshing to see illustrations, makes me wonder why publications refuse to use
them. With all the photo shopping that is constantly being done, they may as
well use a drawing, it would definitely save the magazines money and save
millions of women from the  insecurities
of not looking like the women that are featured on the covers, who don’t even
look like that themselves.  Fashion illustrations,
brings back a time when fashion was classy, when there was only high fashion. A
sense of elegance and intrigue all brought on by a drawing. And I want to see
more of it.

Vintage Harper’s Bazaar July 1950

Hayden Williams aka “Stylish Prodigy”

One illustrator that has granted my wish and left a major impression on me is Hayden Williams. Williams, a 21 year old British designer and illustrator is known for his drawings. He showcases a variety of his awe inspiring work on his Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram pages. He has drawn everyone from singers such as Beyonce and Rihanna, to celebrities, magazine covers, and models. His most recent work consist of the Disney Princess characters, appropriately titled ‘Disney Divas Collection’, his work is being viewed by fashion lovers, art enthusiasts, and people who are just pegged by curiosity. Williams hopes to “conquer the world one fashion sketch at a time”, and with talent and a name that is memorable, it is easy to see that his dream is quickly becoming a reality.

This month’s SPOTLIGHT shines brightly on Mr. Hayden Williams, and the many talented illustrators before him. Thank you for bringing the high back in high fashion, and for giving me yet another to reason to love fashion and the many aspects that make up this fabulous industry!

One look and you’re hooked! Check out Mr. Williams Tumblr page:  

‘Disney Divas Collections’

Rihanna ‘Diamonds’


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