Fashion Design and Illustrators, also known as fashion design artists, are specialized illustrators who focus on
expressing fashion designs and ideas through art. They must be familiar with computer design software . Fashion
illustrators can work for many types of employers, including publications and fashion manufacturers. Many are
freelancers and work on contract.
Fashion Artists and Illustrators create drawings of clothing and fashion accessories for advertising agencies, graphic
design firms, department stores, and other businesses. Fashion artists differ from fashion designers in that they often
draw someone else's vision of fashion, rather than their own. They work in conjunction with other members of a
fashion design team and must be able to collaborate.
A graphic designer, illustrator or other artist who concentrates on fashion, including clothing lines, fashion magazine
artwork, footwear and drawings found in sewing pattern catalogs, can be classified a fashion illustrator. Combining a
background in art and fashion, the artist creates illustrations of clothes and accessories for different purposes.
Computer skills and an understanding of digital software illustration tools is increasingly necessary. A fashion illustrator
may be hired by a company, a studio or an individual fashion designer.
The duties of Fassion Design and Illustrator is drawing for a magazine's fashion spread or creating ads, posters and
brochures to generate consumer excitement for a new line of clothing, the fashion illustrator must clearly
communicate fashion concepts through artistic means. The fashion artist may be called upon to draw the human figure
in illustrations associated with the fashion industry. Illustrators may apply different drawing and illustrating techniques
to express fashion designs in detail, including colors and fabric textures. They might use realistic representations or
more abstract sketches. Some jobs require specializations.
Illustrators are hired for full-time, permanent positions, but many operate as independent freelancers who work on
short-term contracts. An understanding of business concepts and a strong network of contacts can help fashion
illustrators manage their freelance business and find work. To stand out in this field, illustrators need to polish their
skills and develop a personal style.
Entry Level Education
Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Graphic Design or related field.