The New Black Episode 6 with Bil Donovan!

by Patsyfox on January 28, 2018


On today’s 6th and final episode for this summer’s run of The New Black on 3RRR radio, I was joined again by the fabulous Karen Webster, former CEO of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF). We chatted ethics in the fashion industry, why we shouldn’t play the blame game with fashion companies, and how the buck STARTS with the consumer. I also chatted live to New York to the utterly brilliant Bil Donovan (that’s his illustration above). He is one of the world’s leading fashion illustrators, and also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met – you will see what I mean when you listen to the interview. Along with producing work for luxury brands and publications around the world, he also teaches fashion illustration at schools including the F.I.T., and is the first and only artist-in-residence for Dior Beauty. He was commissioned by British Vogue to do an illustration for the January edition (below), and you can hear on the show how that commission came about.


Bil Donovan for British Vogue January 2018

I chatted with Bil about what Fashion Illustration actually means, and how does he feel about digital illustration vs traditional (by hand) illustration. You can listen back to the show here, and for your viewing pleasure below is some more of his work. If you yourself are interested in fashion illustration or drawing, I heartily recommend his instructive and enjoyable book: Advanced Fashion Illustration: Lifestyle Illustration

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