Category Archives: Fashion Designers

Fashion Illustrator: Fiona Kim

Born in Seoul, Korea, fashion illustrator Fiona Kim has always had an appreciation for the arts. In 2003, she moved to Sydney, Australia and during her high school years, she thrived in textile and design subjects, ultimately leading her to study a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles at UTS.

Over the course of the 4-year degree, her illustration techniques and skills developed. “I always had such a deep love and appreciation for beauty and creativity in fashion and I respect all the glamorous and refined trends in high fashion. I think fashion is the ultimate form of art which gets used everyday and that’s why I am drawn to it.”

Her illustration style is organic with an underlying sense of realism. She uses a number of strokes and individual lines to highlight the intensity of the image. “I really love the human touch and the personality of the illustrator that resonates through the drawings. It’s something a computer can’t generate and I think it is really important to support and maintain this level of originality”.

Favouring detailed drawings, Kim enjoys creating both portraiture and product-focused illustrations. Learning all the mediums and techniques for drawing and painting through still life and portraiture, she prefers to use minimal colours in order to give the finished illustration better contrast and focus.

“When I see a fashion image, I immediately have a vision of where I want to take it to create a particular atmosphere and mood. I look for form, line, shade and contrast to decide which medium I’ll use”.

Possessing a deep respect and love for women who are strong and confident is a key source of inspiration for this up-and-coming fashion illustrator. To be able to inspire others is a big source of motivation for Kim’s fashion career.

So what’s next for this superstar illustrator?

“I would love to explore the more commercial side of fashion illustrations. I would be thrilled to be involved with textile prints, t-shirt prints or even stationary.”

About author: Article is written by journalist Rebecca Glazer. To view more of Fiona Kim’s fashion illustrations, check out her Facebook page ( or visit following sites

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Fashion Designer: Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin was born in Venice, Italy in a French family on the 7th of July 1922. In 1945 Cardin moved to Paris where he studied architecture. After the war he started working for Paquin to gain some experience and extra knowledge. After that came his involvement with the fashion house of Elsa Schiaparelli, after which another great opportunity presented itself- head of a Dior atelier in 1947.
Since Pierre was a talented and quite ambitious, soon he decided to open his own fashion house. The Cardin brand was started in 1950 and by 1953 there were already haute couture clothes being designed and sewed.

Cardin’s popular space designs and avant-garde style quickly drew the attention of many movie stars and celebrities of all kind (Audrey Hepburn for example was often spotted wearing his creations).He was the first designer to introduce the ‘bubble dress’ while experimenting with geometric forms and styles that were not always practical but quite often dazzling. The unisex clothes he designed were something quite new at the time and were also a daring move that Cardin decided to take. Another thing that Cardin became a pioneer in is the Japanese fashion market, he was the first to introduce it and develop it ever since his visit there in 1959.

Many more experiments followed through the years. Cardin designed car interiors, bought restaurants and his own venue, even a castle. Not only that, but he has also showed a vivid interest in theatre, art and music and has not only supported artists but also organized events and musicals.

Although Pierre Cardin put his company for sale in 2004 he still continues his work as a fashion designer and says he will do that until he dies. He is currently around 90 years old but still an important name in the fashion world.

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Fashion Designer: Paco Rabanne

PacoRabanne is designer of Spanish origin. His full name is Francisco “Paco” RabanedaCuervo and his birthplace is Pasajes, Basque Country, Spain. The date he was born is the 18th of February 1934.

When the Spanish Civil War broke out, he and his mother fled their home and made it to France. They managed to start their lives once again there and soon Paco started studying for an architect, however this was not his passion. Fashion was. He realized that eventually and started his tough journey to becoming a fashion designer. During the 1960’s he managed to earn himself a reputation of anl’enfant terrible of French fashion.

PacoRabanne started out as a jewelry designer for Dior, Givenchy and Balenciaga. All big names in the French fashion industry. After some time of gathering experience and learning from the best he decided to open his own fashion house in 1966. It was then, when he started experimenting and gave himself freedom in designing clothes. He included a lot of unconventional materials in his works of art, such as: metal, paper and plastic.

In 2005 Rabanne opened his very own exhibition in Moscow. As the infamous designer said himself, he decided to exhibit his drawing so that If by some unfortunate turn of events he disappears or dies, he could be remembered not only as a designer but also as an artist He also said, that these drawings were only shown to Salvador Dali 30 years before the exhibition in Moscow and that at the time, he approved them. One of the drawings he showed was of a child, letting go of a white balloon and a dove in the sky. This black and white sketch is said to have been inspired by the Beslan attack in Russia. Rabanne wanted all the money from the drawing to go to the women in Beslan.

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