Fashion Illustration

1950's high fashion style


I grew up in a family of artists.  My father was a furniture designer with his own company in NY, my mother was a fashion illustrator in NY & LA, and her mother was a milliner and dressmaker in a little town in Iowa.  I have been drawing since I was 4, sewing couture Barbie since I was 7 and have spent a lifetime as a working fashion illustrator, designer, author and educator. 

Like many working artists, I pretty much go where the work takes me.  But my first love is fashion illustration and specifically drawing direct from a live model.  

I currently teach at Art Center College of Design where drawing skills are still highly prized.  I teach in two departments and continue to make figure drawing an important part of the classes I teach.  When I teach Costume Design for the Entertainment Design Dept, I am able to introduce students to the golden age of fashion illustration by making it part of a series of “living costume/fashion history” model drawing sessions.  We not only cover pre-20th Century clothing but spend quite a bit of time on 20th Century fashion illustration styles. 

At the top of this post you can download my 2011 FASHION ILLUSTRATION CALENDAR of my drawings from my favorite model, Daniella Traub.


About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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4 Responses to Fashion Illustration

  1. Loretta Dian says:

    Fantastic drawings as always. Thanks for the calendar. Looking forward to meeting you in August 2011 in Los Angeles.

  2. Aldina says:

    Justine, your illustrations are so beautiful! I’m definitely a fan. I’m an aspiring fashion illustrator and am always curious to know how other illustrators/designers broke into the field or how they cultivated their talent.

    Happy New Year

    • Hi Aldina,
      I actually grew up in this field, with a mother in fashion illustration. I have been drawing since I was 4. The main thing is to keep drawing. I try to go to drawing groups as often as possible. Drawing from a model is really important as it improves your skills. doing this blog has helped a lot as well. thanks again.

  3. Marta says:

    Justine, I just took a look at your blog. It’s very interesting to see what you do. I love this illustration!

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