Richard Gray, Christopher Shannon, Decoy (UK), 2013. Courtesy Richard Gray
If you're into fashion illustration, you'll love the newest book on the subject from Thames and Hudson. Menswear Illustration, by Richard Kilroy, is the first up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary menswear illustration. Exploding across men's style blogs, advertising and the proliferating men's fashion publications, menswear has left its stiff and stuffy image behind in the 20th century, and its exciting rejuvenation has inspired a new wave of contemporary designers and illustrators who are shunning the strict rules that men’s fashion has traditionally followed.
The wonderful thing about the art form of illustration is the variety of styles, from the painterly shapes of watercolour to precise pencil drawings, and everything in between and outside of that, such as digital renderings and collage. Author Richard Kilroy, an accomplished illustrator himself, has selected forty distinctly unique artists from around the world, from industry names to the private sketches of designers, to illuminate an industry that is now as versatile as the creatives who celebrate it and the men who wear the clothes.
An exhibition of the book, Drawings: Men & Style, will take place at Paul Smith, No.9 Albemarle Street in London. Starting on the 16th of February and running through London Fashion Week until the 6th of March, this exhibition is set to be a celebration of menswear and fashion and will be a great place to soak up the buzz around London Fashion Week.
Menswear Illustration, by Richard Kilroy, published by Thames & Hudson, is available on 23rd February at £19.95.
Richard Kilroy is a fashion illustrator, writer and editor, whose clients include Christian Dior, Canali, John Smedley and various magazines such as Ponystep and Volt Magazine. He is a guest tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, and design tutor at Central Saint Martins, London. He publishes Decoy Magazine, which is devoted to fashion illustration.
Shohei, Carhartt S/S 2012 advertising campaign, created for Carhartt, 2012. Courtesy Shohei
Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Louis Vuitton and Prada S/S 2014, created for Série Limitée (Les Echos), 2012. Courtesy Jean-Philippe Delhomme