The Illustrator

Kelly Sheppard, an London College of Fashion student, won a competition pioneered by VFS to illustrate live at the shows. It was judged by Daisy de Villeneuve – a top fashion artist who has illustrated for Vogue and the V&A. She said that “Kelly’s illustrations were strong and bold, giving the characters she had drawn attitude in which the clothing came alive”.

What are your motives behind illustrating fashion?
Well, there are a lot of things you can do with it. It opens up career opportunities, such as illustrating magazines, but also because it is a way of approaching fashion in a completely new direction, which is individual to everyone else.

How did you find the task today?
This is the first time I’ve illustrated a live catwalk show, it’s actually quite hard – you only get about thirty seconds for each model!

What prompted your interest in illustration?
I’ve been illustrating since I was about ten, as well as doing other drawings, but eventually I decided that fashion was what I wanted to move into and enrolled into a course.

You can follow Kelly’s work on her blog.

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