Top 5 iconic fashion illustrators from the ’80s

The ’80s -a decade of most loved and hated trends in all 20th century. The years between 1980 and 1990 were an extremely significant period in fashion and illustration. It is often referred as “the golden age” of fashion illustration. Hand-made drawings were preferred to photography and the magazines were full of gorgeous fashion illustrations. Enjoy this fabulous collection we have for you here:

Best 1980s fashion illustrations :

Joe Eula

Joe Eula is one of the greatest fashion illustrators of the twentieth century. He’s the creator of Diana Vreelon’s and Lauren Bacall’s iconic portraits and illustrated Yves Saint Laurent’s first and final collections in 1958 and 2002 while working for Italian’s Harper bazaar and American’s Vogue.

Illustration by: Joe Eula

Claire Smalley

A graduate of Central Saint Martin Claire Smalley is a well-known artist from the ’80s. She colLaborated closely with Galliano and later worked for “View”.

Illustration by: Claire Smalley

Mats Gustafson

The Swedish illustrator began his career in the late 1970s, a time when editorial illustration was replaced by photography, let alone the watercolor illustration. Nevertheless, he managed to establish himself as one of the most significant fashion illustrators

Illustration by: Mats Gustafson

Francois Berthoud

After his illustrations for Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair, his illustrations have appeared in many of the leading fashion magazines. To this day it is one of the most original and memorable fashion illustrators.

Illustration by: Francois Berthoud
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Antonio Lopez

Worked with Vogue Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and many others is an illustrator leaving perhaps the biggest trace in fashion illustration and fashion in general. Check out the post “Top 10 Fashion Illustrations by Antonio Lopez” for more of his amazing artwork.

Illustration by: Antonio Lopez

The ’80s are the years of exceptional development in fashion art and culture. Color boldness and diversity. If you’re curious to learn more about the iconic fashion illustrators of different decades, keep and eye on the blog for regular updates.

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