4 new talents of fashion illustration


Interview with four young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches

 

Fashion illustration has rediscovered its importance and now is a fundamental part of the fashion design training programs of the best international fashion schools and academies. In this short interview, 4 talented young fashion design students speak about their art, the relationship with drawing techniques and their hopes for the future.



At the beginning of the era of fashion magazines, the illustrations were the only way to present garments and accessories with a detailed accurancy and a delicate aethetic taste, inspiring the buying desire. Passing time, and especially in the early XX century, the illustrations became even more important, giving a decisive artistic contribution to the publications, but the introduction of fashion photography almost completely eclipsed this fantastic form of art, by letting it know ups and downs.

 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustrations by: Agnese Lazzerini (from School of Fashion IED Rome), Anne Francesca Welp (from University of Art Utrecht), Daniele Giampietro (from Accademia della Moda Naples), Michael Treta (from Edinburgh College of Art)



Fortunately in the last years the desire for something original and different brings back the fashion illustration to the attention of editors and consequently, of fashion schools. After years passed sketching in a very accurate and almost technical way, now the students are pushed by teachers to unleash their creativity and imagination. They can experiment all the artistic techniques, both manual and digital, exploring new creative and expressive languages. Fashion sketch now is a visual story that tells not only about shapes, colors and details of the garment, but about feelings and emotions.



Today I choose 4 young fashion design students, coming from international schools, for presenting their works and asking some questions about their relationship with illustration:

  • Agnese Lazzerini, born in 1996, studied at the School of Fashion IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, has a passion for photography and in her free time she likes to visit museums, read a book or go to the cinema, but, most of all, she prefers to draw rather than do anything else.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Agnese Lazzerini, from School of Fashion IED Rome



  • Anne Francesca Welp, born in 1994, is studying Fashion Design (Bachelor) at the University of Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland, following her childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. Her attention is focused on re-use of materials in the design process and in her illustrations.


4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Anne Francesca Welp, from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland



  • Daniele Giampietro, born in 1992, started his path in fashion as self-taught designer since he was 16-years-old, working as freelance for many fashion houses. Then he decided to improve his technical and artistic skills attending the Accademia della Moda in Naples, studying and working at the same time.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Daniele Giampietro, from Accademia della Moda in Naples



  • Michael Treta, born in 1993, is an Italian designer who moved from the central Italy to Scotland to study Art and Design and then HND Fashion Manufacture at the Edinburgh College of Art, becoming specialized in womenswear and accessories design.

 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Michael Treta, from Edinburgh College of Fashion



HOW MUCH IMPORTANT IS THE TRAINING PATH YOU DID AT YOUR FASHION SCHOOL?


Agnese: For me the years at university were fundamental. In three years of fashion design at IED, I learned a lot and most about me, I had the chance to grow personally as well as professionally. They have been very intense years, full of work and I dedicated myself to everything I did.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Agnese Lazzerini, from School of Fashion IED Rome




Anne: The drawing classes at my fashion school helped me a lot to improve my skills, because of all the different teachers with their own specialised techniques and view of fashion. Another really great plus factor of my school is the freedom to experiment and find your own way in the fashion world. Also, the connection between the students in classes is very important, because we learn al lot from each other.  
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Anne Francesca Welp, from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland
 


Daniele: For me the path was and still is fundamental. I was able to look beyond the drawing on paper. I learned fundamental notions that gave me the possibility of being able to bring my idea forward in the various stages of production, from the paper pattern to packaging, passing through marketing strategies etc. From a personal and human point of view, it has given me a great help in growing both humaly and professionally, teaching me to believe in myself, in what I do and not to be intimidated by this immense fashion world.
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Daniele Giampietro, from Accademia della Moda in Naples



Michael: I have been studying fashion for the past 5 years, in college first and university after. In this journey, I had the chance to learn lots of useful skills and how to express my ideas and creativity in a more efficient and professional way. In my particular case, I found really helpful to learn the technical aspect of the garment construction before to move into designing. I do believe that it is vital for a good designer to know all the ins and outs before to be able to modify and reinvent a garment. Innovation, for me, it is the ability to know how to reinvent something in unusual ways. 

 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Michael Treta, from Edinburgh College of Fashion


 

WHAT KIND OF DRAWING TECHNIQUES YOU LEARNED?


Agnese: I learned various illustration techniques from the simple use of a pencil or pen to a felt-tip, brush and from paper to digital, using water colors or with air-brush. I like experiment continuously and work on different levels bringing out my sign.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Agnese Lazzerini, from School of Fashion IED Rome



Anne: In the beginning we started with drawing the basic postures in order to get to know proportions, try to capture the material right. Then to open the mind we had to welcome the coincidence, due to different techniques like ripping little forms or colours out of magazines and glue them on paper. Or to draw with your non good hand and unusual pencils like sticks, straws, stones basically everything lying around. Another one is focusing on the dessins of a fashion show and try to reproduce the dessin without drawing. A technique I loved and hated at the same time was painting on a plastic sheet and printing it on paper. All these free techniques, helped me to open my mind towards the fact that there are more ways to illustrate.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Anne Francesca Welp, from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland



Daniele: I'm basically a self-taught boy, I thought I had to come to the Academy with a solid foundation in the drawing, but I was totally wrong about that. In the Academy I had the opportunity to perfect and refine my drawing techniques, whether they are manual or graphic. For example the learning of technical drawing gave me the possibility to discover that if we combine imagination with knowledge we can get anywhere always getting excellent results.

4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Daniele Giampietro, from Accademia della Moda in Naples



Michael: In our life drawing classes, we experimented different ways to draw multiple body shapes (thanks to the wide range of models available around) and we have always been encouraged to think out the box in terms of materials used and the type of papers. This initial experimentation allowed me to find the technique perfect for my style and to find a mean to express at the highest potential my ideas and creativity.
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Michael Treta, from Edinburgh College of Fashion



WHO ARE THE FASHION DESIGNERS, ILLUSTRATORS AND ARTISTS WHO MOSTLY INSPIRE YOUR CREATIONS?


Agnese: I draw inspiration from everything is around me but I must say that as a lover of art history I'm very attracted by pop art and contemporary artists and I also like extravagance, strange and unusual things. I'm also fascinated by the art of the impressionists, german expressionists and by abstract art and art nouveau. I like free expression and interpretation. Who express oneself or want to express a concept is an artist, the means used to convey the message personalizes the artist. Everything that surrounds me inspire me and now with social media you can discover much more talents and learn from them.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Agnese Lazzerini, from School of Fashion IED Rome




Anne: Alexander McQueen is one of my favourites, because of his amazing sensitiveness for textile and composition. I really like the use of colours of Martin Maison Margiela and the playful way how Bas Kosters creates his own world. The thoughts of Sander Wassink, who encourages us to reconsider our ideas on beauty, aesthetic value and status. The way how Piet Mondrian and Van Gogh see the world and express it in their own drawing techniques. Furthermore, I really like a lot of work made by different artist, designers or illustrators. Often it is just one artwork that inspires me most.  

4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Anne Francesca Welp, from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland


Daniele: Among the fashion designers from whom I draw my inspiration there are Anthony Vaccarello, before at Versace and now creative director of Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, now head designer of Celine, Olivier Rusteing, artistic director of Balmain, and finally John Galliano. In the field of accessories, there's Ernesto Esposito, a footwear designer but not only, internaltionally renowned and coming from Campania as me. Among the illustrators there's Manuela Brambatti, who is the only one able to arouse emotions in me through all her works. I'm inspired also by music artists like Annie Lennox, Grace Jones, Bjork and Madonna.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Daniele Giampietro, from Accademia della Moda in Naples


Michael: I have always been fascinated by classical art, form the Greek sculptures to the romans, and the reinterpretation of the classicism during the renaissance, with artists like Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli and so on. in general, I have always admired classical beauty and its multiple declinations. That is why I look up at couture a lot, in terms of aesthetic. For me, couture is like classic art: it leaves you to stare for hours, without words, it takes your eyes on a journey thought the intricate details and techniques, the rich textures and so on.
My aesthetic though it is not just a passive replica of couture. Couture is mixed to empowerment and hyper femininity on the same path of designers like Balmain, Saint Laurent and Versace. In my work, I try always to reinvent tradition, to add some contemporaneity into it and to create a bridge between past and present. For me it is vital to know the past to build and shape the future. 
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Michael Treta, from Edinburgh College of Fashion
 

 FOR YOU ILLUSTRATION IS...

Agnese: It's something really personal, is express ourselves and show your idea. I have always preferred to say who I am with my designs and through my passions. What I do and how I do it describes who I am and I like the idea that everyone can have his interpretation of it. One of the reasons why I draw is because I can express much more through my sign than with a single word. I have a sunny personality and the colors are certainly part of me.

4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Agnese Lazzerini, from School of Fashion IED Rome




Anne: It's a way to express a mood and atmosphere of an outfit or collection, without using every detail. It gives an impression of context and emotions which can stimulate the viewer to reflect on the message. 

4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Anne Francesca Welp, from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland



Daniele: I want to compare the fashion illustration to a key...That can give you the chance to get rid of the cuffs of real life. It's a way to dream, to liberate ourselves and to feel who we really are.

4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Daniele Giampietro, from Accademia della Moda in Naples



Michael: A way to bring ideas to life and express your creativity. A fashion illustration has to be clear, powerful and communicative. A fashion illustration has to speak without you speaking and it has to connect with the viewer on an emotional level. 

 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Michael Treta, from Edinburgh College of Fashion


 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?



Agnese: I'm looking to further my skills as a fashion designer and as an illustrator. I will certainly draw constantly and I will do of my passion my job, making art. I believe that we never stop learning so I think it will be a continuous climb, where I want to do all the necessary experieces to then be able to express completely myself.


4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Agnese Lazzerini, from School of Fashion IED Rome




Anne: My plans right now are to get my bachelor and after that I thought about doing a master study, maybe fashion strategy. Beside my study I still want to improve my drawing skills. Still, I am struggling a bit with what kind of designer I want to be, but I am in the second year, so I still have time to discover. In the future I see myself as a kind of freelancer, doing different design jobs with different challenges. Also, I would really like to help young students becoming a designer.

4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Anne Francesca Welp, from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherland



Daniele: My plans for the future are to achieve all the goals I set, creating something of my own, coming to the top of fashion world, without forgetting humility and gratitude to those who gave me the opportunity to do all this.
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Daniele Giampietro, from Accademia della Moda in Naples



Michael: I am currently working as a sales associate for Gucci, which is already a good opportunity for me, and I am finishing my graduate collection that I will be showing in the Edinburgh College of Art Fashion show and in London, at Graduate Fashion week, on the 3rd of June. These are two crucial moments because lots of industry people will be attending so it is important for me to impress them. I would like to move to Paris and work my way up in one of these big fashion Houses that I have always admired and ultimately end up at the head of a brand of create my own.
 
4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustration by Michael Treta, from Edinburgh College of Fashion


4 new talents of fashion illustration: interview with young fashion design students to showcase their illustrations and fashion sketches
Fashion illustrations by: Agnese Lazzerini (from School of Fashion IED Rome), Anne Francesca Welp (from University of Art Utrecht), Daniele Giampietro (from Accademia della Moda Naples), Michael Treta (from Edinburgh College of Art)



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