Fashion Illustration and Drawing Awards names its best illustrators of 2021



Fida announced the winners of the 4th Fashion Illustration Drawing Awards live on Instagram after reviewing more than 1,000 entries from around the world. The jury included master classic fashion illustrator, David Downton; Selfridges Artistic Director Shawn Davey; leading contemporary fashion illustrator, Stina Persson; versatile fashion and creative illustrator, John Booth; Eris Tran, fashion couture illustrator and social media sensation, and Shivangi Bhardwaj, senior designer for Adidas, among others.

Fida was founded by husband-wife team Patrick and Diane Morgan on a shared vision to promote best practice among illustrators and fashion artists, and she has, in just a few short years, created a community of fashion artists. which did not exist before. In recent months, Fida members have collaborated with Bulgari, Alberta Ferretti, Lacoste and London Fashion Week.

Fida Submission by Betty Southerland

There were 4 categories in this year’s awards. The Classical Award winner has demonstrated skill in using traditional methods or media and the submitted artwork could be based on any inspiration from the runway, ad campaigns, photography or the personal fashion inspiration. The Avant Garde Prize rewards an artist using mixed media or combining traditional and new technologies. The New Award rewards creators using exclusively new technologies or new software in this still little mapped territory, and the Fashion Show Award was open to designers using any technique or media to best represent a parade of the past or the present. or a behind-the-scenes scenes from a fashion show.

Fashion illustration is seeing a palpable resurgence of interest, according to Downton

Each category winner receives one year of Fida membership and earns a place in the Fible, Fida’s Fashion Illustration Bible, which showcases the best of contemporary talent and is sent to luxury brands and leaders. industry, while the overall winner also earns 2,000 pounds.

Fida Submission by Kate Nastas

“Fashion illustration today has few rules. There is a lot of energy and excitement and a palpable resurgence of interest everywhere, ”Downton commented in a statement. “Social media has democratized the process and leveled the playing field (without always raising the standards). But some things never change. Drawing is always essential and at the heart of any successful image.

The winner of the Classic Prize is Betty Southerland. The Avant Garde Prize was awarded to Katrin Funcke for her expressive and pictorial composition. The New category was claimed by Kate Nastas for her elegant take on an editorial Miu Miu image and the Fashion Show award was won by Nadia Coolrista for her striking work using colored pencil on a black background. Coolrista also won Fida’s Fashion Faces award in 2020. This year’s big winner was Katrin Funcke.

Fida Submission by Nadia Coolrista

“I found the standard to be very high, with some great examples of individual and imaginative work,” said John Booth. “It’s really great to see that so many people still feel passionate about fashion illustration as an exciting and important form of communication. ”

Fashion editor Jackie Mallon is also an educator and author of Silk for the Feed Dogs, a novel set in the international fashion industry.


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