Fashion illustrationis enjoying a high, possibly thanks to Instagram and perhaps because luxury houses are collaborating with independent artists more than ever. Either way, this is excellent news for those who love the genre’s light touch and timeless elegance. In time for Christmas, the Fashion Illustration Gallery (FIG) – the UK’s leading gallery for fashion illustration, which represents the best in the field, including David Downton(Givenchy, second picture) and Tanya Ling (wife to founder and owner William) – is holding a Christmas Art Fair on Saturday December 12 at The Shop at Bluebird on the King’s Road, Chelsea.
Alongside originals (from £1,500) and prints (from £100) by its most established names, including Gladys Perint Palmer (such as Philip Treacy, first picture) and Richard Haines, the gallery will present artists it hasn’t previously shown before, such as Amelie Hegardt, Rosie McGuinness and Gill Button (Gucci Blooms, third picture).
Explaining his choice of Hegardt’s Pink Head (fourth picture) image for the event invitation, William Ling says, “The work just resonates, maybe because how she has treated the face reminds me of a Warhol. Amelie is wildly talented and not as widely known as she should be, so I wanted to use it.” The original of Pink Head, a collage in ink, graphite and plastic on paper, will be available for £1,200 on Saturday, alongside Hegardt’s silhouettes in black ink and her colourful erotic sketches.
Helen Bullock’s drawings of looks (£600 each) by fashion designers and houses including JW Anderson, Meadham Kirchhoff and Louis Vuitton offer brightly coloured options with a modern feel, while Tanya Ling’s gorgeous depiction of a Lanvin girl (£1,800, fifth picture) is charming and eloquent – as her pieces always are. Best of all, many of the artists themselves will be present on the day, giving collectors the opportunity to discuss the range of personal and playful artworks with the individuals who created them.