A one off opportunity to follow three outstanding fashion illustrators as they lead a masterclass in drawing couture live. Bil Donovan (Artist in Residence to Dior), Professor Steven Stipelman (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York) and Jason Brooks (Winner of the Vogue Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Award for Fashion Illustration) will each guide you through different aspects of drawing fashion as they take to the stage to instruct. When not on stage they will be drawing along with you allowing you the fabulous opportunity of watching these masters in action!
Fashion Illustration: A Masterclass
January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
About the Artists
Bil Donovan is America’s leading contemporary fashion illustrator with an international following. For the past twelve years Donovan has held the esteemed title of Artist-in-Residence for Christian Dior, a position that underlines his standing as a master of fashion illustration with a flowing style that perfectly reflects the elegance and history of the House of Dior. Donovan utilises an innate sense of selectivity to communicate the essence of glamour, luxury and style in all his work. His creative language is entirely unique whilst at the same time being rooted in the finest traditions of fine art painting. His economy of line, predominantly in watercolour, flows across the page creating natural movement and strength whilst perfectly capturing the beauty of the fashion he is illustrating. Donovan’s instantly recognisable illustrative style has led to an enviable list of clients that include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vogue, Luxure Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Bergdorf Goodman, St. Regis Hotels, L’Occitane, Halston and Saks Fifth Avenue. Of particular note is a large-scale painting in the signature Christian Dior suite at the St. Regis Hotel, New York. Donovan serves on the Executive Board of The Society of Illustrators, New York, chairs the Advisory Board for The Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustration, New York and is an esteemed Professor of Illustration at both F.I.T and The School of Visual Arts, New York. In 2020 Donovan chaired the acclaimed exhibition ‘Fashion Illustration: The Visionaries’ at The Society of Illustrators, celebrating one hundred years of fashion illustration. Donovan’s work is held in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Collection, New York, The Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustration, New York and The Society of Illustrators, New York. Exhibitions include The Leslie Lohman Museum, New York (2013) and The Brooklyn Museum, New York (2020).
The painterly quality of Stipelman’s work places him firmly in the category of a fine art painter whilst being one of the most respected American fashion artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. For more than twenty five years Stipelman created breath taking illustrations for the pages of Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine with beautiful, elongated silhouettes that instantly communicated a sophisticated look with vivid clarity. Stipelman’s work brings the impression of movement through a spontaneity of brush strokes, acrylics and watercolour washes that appears timeless in their elegance. Having graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Stipelman’s first job was as a staff illustrator for the luxury department store Henri Bendel before moving to Women’s Wear Daily in 1965. Here he covered the collections of every prominent American designer including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta. In Paris, Stipelman would illustrate Dior, Balenciaga, Pauline Trigère, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and Courrèges for an American audience. Freelance work included Lord & Taylor and Marshall Field, Estée Lauder and Chanel cosmetics and Valentino. In the 1970s and 80s he was commissioned to draw the portraits of Babe Paley, Jaqueline Onassis and Nancy Reagan. Today, Stipelman shares his passion and knowledge as an esteemed professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and is author of ‘Illustrating Fashion: Concept to Creation’ (Fairchild Books) now in its third edition.
Jason Brooks is an award-winning fashion and lifestyle illustrator who leads the way as a master of bold and impactful contemporary imagery. Since graduating from The Royal College of Art, London in the 1980s, he has gained an international reputation for his outstanding visuals and is credited as being one of the first to bring computer technology into the field of fashion and illustrative art. Whether working in pen and ink or via a digital platform, his work is rooted in classic fine art drawing that captures the imagination and communicates a look with assurance and grace. The glamorous and aspirational world that Brooks presents in his work has attracted high profile collaborations with a wide range of luxury and lifestyle brands, most recently for Super Yacht Monaco. Other collaborations have included Lancôme, Revlon, Mercedes Benz, Chanel, Tiffany & Co, Virgin Atlantic, Veuve Clicquot and Ritz Hotels. Travel, alongside fashion is a recurrent theme in his work. He is the author of a series of illustrated travel sketchbooks focusing on Paris, London and New York. New York Sketchbook and London Sketchbook were both finalists in The Victoria & Alberts Museum’s Book Illustration Awards, London Sketchbook winning the prestigious award in 2016. The museum holds an impressive collection of Brooks’ works in its permanent prints and drawings archive. His work has been selected to feature in a number of books including 100 Years of Fashion Illustration (Laurence King), Fashion Illustration Now (Thames & Hudson), Stylishly Drawn (Harry Abrams Inc.) and on the front cover of New Icons of Fashion Illustration (Laurence King).