by Patsyfox on March 26, 2023


Yes! Finally an in-person fashion illustration class again! The issue of an ongoing venue for in-person fashion illustration classes is still an issue, but I have found a brilliant temporary answer, so just in time before the “Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse” exhibition closes at the NGV International on April 16th, I am able to run the workshop I have been planning in my head for about 6 months! (Full information here)


This full-day (or half day if you skip the gallery) workshop will take inspiration from McQueen’s legendary “Widows of Culloden” collection from Autumn Winter 2006/7, and is open to all levels, from beginners upwards. 

This collection was hailed as a presentation that would “go down as one of fashion’s all-time highs” (Sarah Mower, Vogue March 3, 2006). Drawing on his Scottish heritage, he responded to it emotionally and creatively, expressing his thoughts about the treatment of Scotland throughout history to the present, while also creating a romantic but austere collection that demonstrated attention to detail and craftsmanship of the highest standards.

The emotions embedded in the exquisite designs provide the secret ingredient that makes for fabulous illustrations – the Widows of Culloden collection is one of my all-time favourite collections to illustrate.


Beginning at the NGV International, we will have a brief discussion about sketching on-location, then make our way through the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse”, stopping to sketch key looks.

Then, filled with inspiration we’ll grab some lunch then jump on a tram down to Bourke st and begin our workshop.

We’ll learn specifically about this collection then make two artworks featuring looks from it.

Mixed media including collage, ink, watercolour, and pastels will be combined in the spirit of McQueen – no rules, plenty of experimentation and manipulation of materials, and attention to detail.

We will look at figure/pose analysis and drawing faces, so for the less experienced, you will be in safe hands.

All workshop materials including paper will be provided, you just need to bring paint brushes for watercolour and ink, and a cutting knife if you have one (I will have some to share if not). Please also bring a small sketchbook of your choice (I suggest A4) and a greylead pencil for sketching in the gallery. More information will be provided closer to the date.


  • Learn about the life and work of Alexander McQueen – his inspirations and background. In particular learn about what is considered to be his most personal collection “Widows of Culloden” – Autumn-Winter 2006/7
  • How to capture the spirit of this collection and translate it into artworks for dramatic effect.
  • Learn or refresh your knowledge about fashion illustration principles including figure structure and capture.
  • How to draw faces.
  • How to illustrate tartan and checks, along with other fabrics.
  • Sketching freehand, using observational and stylizing techniques.
  • Experimental techniques with Indian ink and watercolour, and how to combine collage and mixed media, including the potentially messy pastels. Expect needles, thread, glue!


  • A ticket to the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse” at the NGV International. (Unless you opt out.)
  • Pictures and notes to take home.
  • All materials supplied including paper (you just need paint brushes).
  • Inspiration, knowledge about McQueen, fashion, and fashion illustration.
  • Artworks to be proud of.
  • Snacks and good vibes.

SKILL LEVEL: This fashion illustration class is open to all levels including beginners – the small group accommodates all levels.

CLASS SIZE: Maximum 12 people – size matters at The Drawing Salon!

When: Sunday 2nd April 10am – 5pm

Where: Morning: NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Workshop 1pm – 5pm: Micro Labs, 227-229 Bourke Street Melbourne.

Price: $220 includes entry to “Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse” at the NGV, and all workshop materials. *You can opt out of the exhibition viewing or purchase your own ticket, this option is $190. (Meet up with us wherever it suits.)

*I recommend booking ASAP as I will purchase the exhibition tickets only as bookings are made, as there is no refund on tickets from the NGV, and as the exhibition closes on April 16th, those last weeks will book out. For this reason, refunds will not include the $30 ticket price once purchased, but you will get the ticket!