The Met Gala’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ inspiration for my fashion Illustrations

Milla – Gouache on paper. 20 x 15in Illustration Fiona Maclean

This year the Met Galacelebrities became beautiful works of art, inspired by the opening of the Costume Institutes annual fashion exhibition ‘Heavenly Bodies’ which opens May 10th 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Artin New York City. The hair, the makeup the costumes were pure works of art. As I work as a freelance fashion illustratorand costume illustratorI am inspired by the world of fashion, photography, art and film. The above fashion illustrationis inspired by the glamour and beauty of the Met gala, twilight silhouettes and the beautiful fashion photography by Paolo Roversiwhose work features in Voguemagazines from around the world.

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Arizona Sold

Arizona – watercolour on paper 20 x 15in – SOLD

This little watercolour ‘Arizona‘original watercolour on paper 20 x 15in recently sold. She was inspired out of the series of paintings ‘Le beau Mirageseries I was working on all of which are oil on large canvases, sometimes needing a few more days to dry than that of a watercolour. So in between waiting for oil paintings to dry I created ‘Arizona‘.Drawing from the spirit of Arizona, what I imagine Arizona is like, wide open spaces. As was part of the inspiration for ‘Le Beau Mirage’series, my imagination of beautiful mirages and magical creatures in the desert. Le Beau Mirage’was also inspired by the beautiful photography of Sally Mann.

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Valentina Sold

Valentina – watercolour on paper. 20 x 15in.

‘Valentina‘ like ‘Arizona’both recently sold and both  arose out of my waiting for my ‘Le Beau Mirage’ seriesof oil paintings to dry. Valentina is one of the magical creatures from an imaginary desert of beautiful figures and mirages that come into being. Inspired by my love for the oh so beautiful and magical and otherworldly photographs by Sally Mann. Especially the black and white photos of her children that really etched an impression with me. I had also been fascinated by Richard Prince’scontroversial rephotographing images of Brooke Shields by Gary Gross which really did and still do, in my opinion tread a fine line of what is and isn’t acceptable. Even the Tate gallery permanently removed the image. However the images I found intriguing but also deeply confronting.

Fashion photography as inspiration

When I first finished my studies I ended up working for one of the top fashion photographers in New Zealand at the time. It was not as glamorous as I had thought it would be but nevertheless still very exciting and inspiring for me. Still today I draw so much inspiration from fashion photography bringing it into my illustrations and paintings. Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, and Regan Cameron are some of the amazing Fashion Photographers that inspire me. Recently I created two pieces of artwork inspired by Regan Camerons beautiful photography. ‘ZuZu’– gouache, watercolour, pencil  and pastel on paper and ‘Hedvig’– gouache, watercolour, pastel and pencil on paper. Zuzu has already sold to an art collector but Hedvig is still available.

Latest Fashion Illustration inspired by model Adwoa Aboah

Inspired by the beauty and color of Richard Quinns latest collection held at London Fashion Week. The beautiful Adwoa Aboah modelling his amazing creations. Adwoa is a Model, Activist and founder of GURLS TALK. Represented by DNA Models, TESS Management and VIVA Model Management in Paris. My fashion illustrationdepicts the beauty of Adwoa and the colour and creativity of Richard Quinn.

Fashion Illustration – watercolour on paper – Fiona Maclean

Where my love begun for Fashion Illustration…Antonio Lopez

I moved briefly into an apartment, one of my first apartments with my boyfriend at the time and discovered the previous tenant had left an Antonio Lopez Fashion illustration book. That was where my love begun for Fashion Illustration…legendary Antonio Lopez. To me Antonio was more than just a Fashion illustrator but a real Artist. When I read about him it seemed that he didn’t believe that he would make a living exclusively by being an Artist so he did Fashion Illustration. In my opinion he was one of the best. His illustration and portraits are truly beautiful, inspiring, capturing that time yet still contemporary. His muses, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Jessica Lange, Pat Cleveland are immortalised in his wonderful illustrations, art and photography.
I thank you Antonio Lopez for all you contributed to the world, you made the world a much more glamorous, beautiful and colourful place. Inspiring me to get my first portfolio of Illustration work together and go see Art Directors and Editors of Magazines such as Elle and Cosmopolitan which I had my work regularly published in. Now I find myself in a new period of my life and career where I am reinventing, rediscovering and developing in addition to my painting, my love of fashion illustration.

If you are in NYC there is an exhibition of Antonio’s  photographs at the Danziger Gallery on Rivington Street until the end of April 2018.

My early fashion Illustrations appear in publications such as Image-makers : Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration (Mitchell Beazley Art & Design), Big Book of Fashion Illustration : A Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration and Great Big Book of Fashion Illustration.

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