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  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Zoya Smirnova, Fashion Lover, Slashstroke Magazine March 2010, LFW Autumn/Winter 2011|Illustration depicting a man wearing a blue collar jacket and matching trousers with his hands clasped

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Zoya Smirnova, Fashion Lover, Slashstroke Magazine March 2010, LFW Autumn/Winter 2011, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Tara Dougans, Boys Will Be Boys Collection, Thom-Browne Autumn/Winter 2011–12| Illustration shows an animated editorial style of woman in green and white check jacket with green painted face

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Tara Dougans, Boys Will Be Boys Collection, Thom-Browne Autumn/Winter 2011–12, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Rosie McGuinness, Stripes, Personal Work, 2011| Illustration shows woman with a striped batwing jumper dress and floral detail collar

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Rosie McGuinness, Stripes, Personal Work, 2011, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Richard Kilroy, Jil Sander Spring 09, 2011| Illustration depicts a woman sat leant forward with yellow and black suit jacket

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Richard Kilroy, Jil Sander Spring 09, 2011, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Lesley Barnes, Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2012|Illustration depicts two women in turquoise above knee dresses

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Lesley Barnes, Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2012, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Jarno Kettunen, Boudicca Nomenus Quarterly, Atelier Work| Painted illustration of model wearing black hat, jacket, black and white patterned trousers and red skirt

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Jarno Kettunen, Boudicca Nomenus Quarterly, Atelier Work, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Laura Laine, Maison Martin Margiela, I. T. Post Magazine 2011| depicting a woman with very long tendril like hair wearing a below knee squared out dress

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Laura Laine, Maison Martin Margiela, I. T. Post Magazine 2011| courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Ingela Och Vi, Fashion Circus, Max Jenny Autumn/Winter 2007| Illustration of women in green felt coat.

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Ingela Och Vi, Fashion Circus, Max Jenny Autumn/Winter 2007| courtesy of the artists

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Hanna Mueller, From On To Off, 2011| Illustration of a young women with red lips

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration| Hanna Mueller, From On To Off, 2011, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Eugenia Alejos, Untitled, Doze Magazine 2012| Mixed media illustration quarter image of short haired model

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Eugenia Alejos, Untitled, Doze Magazine 2012, courtesy of the artist

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Artaksiniya, Illustration of JC de Castelbajac, Cosmopolitan Indonesia 2011| Illustration shows a person looking up with palms open in front of eyes turned up to the sky with eye shapes drawn on to palm

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Artaksiniya, Illustration of JC de Castelbajac, Cosmopolitan Indonesia 2011| courtesy of the artist| Lead Image

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View| Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Sabine Pieper| Photo of blue and pink patterned wall with long landscape image of illustration

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Sabine Pieper| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Zoya Smirnova| Photo of continuous line fashion illustration

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Zoya Smirnova| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Lesley Barnes| 8 womenswear fashion illustrations on wall and table with open book

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Lesley Barnes| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Tara Dougans| Photo of black square framed three quarter fashion illustrations

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View: Tara Dougans| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation space view| Photo of exhibition space with white display table in centre

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation space view| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View through frame| Photo showing the frame of a slide viewing looking in on lit up image

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View through frame| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View of Richard Kilroy illustrations| Photo of 2 rows of 4 black framed fashion illustrations

    Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration|Exhibition Installation View of Richard Kilroy illustrations| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration

11 May–13 July 2012

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration was the second in a series of exhibitions that showcased the brightest young talent across the field of fashion. This exhibition brought together more than sixty works by thirteen international fashion illustrators, who work in a variety of media, from the digital to the hand-drawn via the physical. Most of the featured illustrators brought influences from other disciplines including fashion design, graphic design, photography and film, which provide an insight into a creative field that is truly multifaceted. What bound this group together was the level of attention to detail, craftsmanship and execution, demonstrated through traditional and innovative approaches to materials and process.

Richard Kilroy’s exquisite hand-drawn menswear illustrations demonstrate a keen eye for detail as well a sense of minimalism and space. Artaksiniya’s  elaborate use of felt tips, ballpoint pens and three-dimensional layers creates a set of distinctive fashionable characters. Tara Dougans’ painstakingly crafted works have a haunting and deeply personal quality. Her process includes intricately detailed pencil drawings of sartorial minutiae, but also bold paint strokes and digital techniques.

Hanna Mueller combines ink and aquarelle techniques to create striking portraits that convey a youthfully defiant attitude.

Jarno Kettunen’s live action drawings are created backstage at high-fashion shows. Rosie McGuinness’ croquis-style line drawings intuitively capture the movement of fabric and silhouette. Fashion designer and illustrator Zoya Smirnova’s ‘straight-up’ drawings of street-style menswear are a distinctive take on individual style. Lesley Barnes’ illustrations reveal a keen sense of visual movement, pattern and colour, which point to her background in film and animation. Cristian Grossi’s ‘Insecta’ series takes the illustrated image a step further through the use of animated gifs. Finnish illustrator Laura Laine’s rigorously detailed and delicate hand-drawn illustrations gain a sense of dynamism through her use of posture and styling. Ingela Och Vi is a Swedish duo who create what they call ‘illustration photography’, mixtures of set design, fabric swatches and drawing, which are then photographed as final pieces. Fashion designer and illustrator Eugenia Alejos playfully refers to her 3D collages as ‘organised chaos’, combining texture, fabrics and bold brush-strokes to achieve a multidimensional effect. Sabine Pieper’s work plays on different textures by combining and digitally manipulating scanned fabrics and original line drawings.

Go Figure: New Fashion Illustration was curated by Ligaya Salazar and Polona Dolžan. The exhibition series was devised by Magdalene Keaney.