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Instant Inspiration! 11 Fashion Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

Pick a favorite—or call it a draw. 

By Adele Chapin
2017 Trends To Last You All Through The Year

Want an instant burst of inspiration every time you swipe refresh? Fashion illustration is having a renaissance thanks to Instagram, and there are so many talented artists sketching dreamy runway looks and portraits of street style stars. Here are 11 accounts you should add to your feed. And, don't be suprised if you find yourself adding these artists' prints to your gallery wall.

1. Unskilled Worker

The backstory behind Unskilled Worker’s account is amazing. According to The New York Times, the untrained 50-year-old anonymous artist started painting two years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her Instagram caught on, and now she’s getting commissions from the likes of Gucci for her enigmatic paintings.

London Calling #AlessandroMichele ❤

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2. Julie Houts

When the uber talented Julie Houts isn’t working at J.Crew as a designer, she’s creating absurdist yet relatable illustrations that lightly skewer the fashion industry. A good place to start to understand Julie’s laugh-out-loud POV is her “illustrated guide to fashion month” for Stylebop.

3. Angelica Hicks

Another illustrator with a funny take on fashion is Angelica Hicks, who posts charming, punny illustrations. The daughter of fashion designer Allegra Hicks, Angelica is turning her Instagram snaps into a book called Tongue in Chic, which will hit shelves this month.

Don't shoot the messenger! Even if it's Proenza S-cooler than you

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4. Kris Atomic

OK, London-based fashion photographer Kris Atomic mainly posts beautiful images on her Instagram. But, her fashion illustrations are as cute as a button. You might know her from that “Living With Chronic Bitchface” poster.


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5. Samantha Hahn

Samantha Hahn’s watercolors are so vibrant, they jump off the page. She’s partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America for several seasons to illustrate the looks walking the runway during NYFW.

6. Donald Robertson

Donald 'Drawbertson' Robertson’s sketches are beloved by the fashion industry—they’ve graced handbags and Smashbox packaging. But, we love his portrait of Miss Erika Jayne with Moschino's Jeremy Scott best of all.

@itsjeremyscott @theprettymess #ddocumentingfashion

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7. The Cartorialist

The Cartorialist’s spare line drawings perfectly capture Christian Louboutin heels and Prada sunnies.

8. Katie Rodgers

With more than half a million followers, Katie Rodgers’s shimmery paintings of ballerinas and Oscar de la Renta ballgowns leap off the page.

Watch her come to life on InstaStory ✨ @oliviaculpo in @marchesafashion for @stellaartois #PaperFashionRunway

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9. Blair Breitenstein

The heavily-mascara-ed women Blair Breitenstein draws definitely have supermodel-esque attitude.


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10. Meagan Morrison

Meagan Morrison says her blog Travel Write Draw is a “pipe dream willed into reality,” and it sounds ideal: Meagan travels the world and turns what she sees into bright and beautiful illustrations.

11. Jeanette Getrost

L.A.-based illustrator Jeanette Getrost's sketches of Miu Miu flats and Chanel lipsticks are delightfully girly.

@chanelofficial 💄💋#ChanelMakeup

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