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Fashion Drawing: Illustration Techniques

Written by Gretchen Harnick | Apr 12, 2011.

Tis the season for new books! Congratulations to Michele Wesen Bryant, Parsons School of Fashion illustration faculty member, for the arrival of her third book, “Fashion Drawing: Illustration Techniques for Fashion Designers.“  The new coffee table/text book is chock full of illustrations, & techniques with a global eye on fashion illustration styles.

Illustrations by Alfredo Cabrera

Michele, an alumni and teacher at Parsons since 1997, teaches digital illustration, drawing and concepts to fashion design students. It was quite interesting to hear her say how she believes fashion illustration now interrupts the prevalent use of photography in fashion, when just a decade or two ago, it was quite the opposite. Fashion illustration as an art form, is positioned for a grand revival, as many bloggers, for example, promote their own work online.

Illustration has taken on a new life-form with the advent of digital illustration as a requirement. This provides the artist and viewer to be able to toggle in, viewing significant detail never before possible. A closeup of a textile sketch supports and enhances the appreciation for tiny details in fashion illustration.  It assists translating these details into the manufacturing process as well.

Hannah Hae In Lee

Just as unique as your own handwriting, fashion illustration differs from person to person, all around the world and that’s okay.

“Solid fashion design begins with an authentic visual language, [it is] extremely personal,
as personal as your signature.” -M. Bryant

The book was created to broadcast the variety of examples, and reinforce to students and the novice, that personal style is critical in fashion illustration. Containing over 1000 pieces of art, the collective works of “Fashion Drawing” will soon become a collectors item. Work from illustrators hails from countries/regions such as Japan, Finland and Siberia, many of whom, not surprisingly, are Parsons alumni.

Michele was quick to point out that the Victoria & Albert Museum is expanding their collections to include fashion illustration. We can only hope some of this work will be cataloged here one day. Bravo to Michele and be sure to visit her website for more information on her creative career.

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  1. jenish patel

    pleas, “Fashion Drawing” etc..

    Feb 06, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  2. Gretchen

    Dear Jenish,
    I think your note was cut off here? Please reply if you have any comments or questions.
    Gretchen Harnick

    Feb 10, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  3. ryan delos reyes

    where can i buy your book? i am here in abu dhabi, is it available outside of your country?

    Mar 12, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  4. Hello Ryan,
    I will email the professor who wrote this book, and have her connect with you. I hope you can order it for shipment into Abu Dhabi, perhaps the publishing company can assist. Be sure to look on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com as well.

    Apr 04, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  5. Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for your inquiry. You can purchase the book from Amazon in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fashion-Drawing-Illustration-Techniques-Designers/dp/1856697193/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333722522&sr=8-1
    Michele Bryant

    Apr 06, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  6. Alana May

    I am 14 years old, a freshman in high school, and I want to be a fashion designer. I am definitely going to Parsons for college (I asked Tim Gunn and he said that it would better suit me.) and I was wondering if this book would better help me understand the process of fashion design.


    May 20, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  7. Dear Alana,
    Thank you for the nice note and your interest in the fashion industry. This text book is very instructional in nature and will definitely help improve your fashion illustration skills. The link sends you to the publisher’s site in the UK. Perhaps you can search for this text or others on our New School University Barnes & Noble Bookstore website, linked here.

    Best of luck in your studies!
    Gretchen Harnick
    Editor, Parsons 560

    Jan 03, 2013 @ 2:44 pm


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