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Illustrating Fashion Next

Online workshop for adults
20 April 2024
13:00 – 17:00 BST

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Following on from our Illustrating Fashion short course, join Gill Wright and Joanna Layla in the atelier to take the next steps in fashion illustration.

In this brand new one-day workshop, you will continue to create expressive fashion illustration and develop your unique aesthetic.

Stylised illustration of a fashion model looking straight ahead wearing a stripy top, their hand is leaning on their hand.
Illustration of the side of a fashion model's head, they are wearing a large elaborate earring.

Focusing on the rendering of garments, hair and makeup, this session will build on the fashion illustration toolkit of the short course. With demos and industry insights, the two fashion illustrators will guide you to explore ways of depicting a 'look' from face to figure and accessories, and develop your own fashion vocabulary in creating striking fashion imagery.

Illustration © Gill Wright

This intermediate-level course is designed for anyone who has completed our Illustrating Fashion workshop and/or course. It is also suitable for those with fashion illustration experience looking to build their portfolio working with fast-paced briefs.

Our small class size of no more than 24 students will ensure you receive personalised feedback from Joanna and Gill and group support in a relaxed and friendly environment.

About Joanna

Joanna Layla is a London-based fashion illustrator and contemporary artist. Her unique style applies fluid brushstrokes and refined composition to fashion artwork. Communicating both beauty and concept, she has worked with numerous brands including Miu Miu, Adidas, the V&A and E.L.V. Denim.

Layla’s intuitive process of working by hand in ink brings spontaneity and movement to fashion imagery. Seeking to capture the energy and emotion of a moment in time, Layla aspires to an image that has depth whilst retaining something minimal in its surface, inviting the viewer to complete the picture.

Her original compositions and distinct aesthetic have been commissioned as fashion editorial for numerous publications and she regularly works live with brands at LFW. Layla was commissioned to lead ‘Drawing Chanel’ for Coco Chanel: Fashion Manifesto this year at the V&A and is a featured artist in the New Fashion Illustration: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists. Layla is represented by House of Juba, Fashion Artist Agency, and for her original artworks by galleries in London, France, New York, and Amsterdam. 

Illustration of a fashion model posing with their hands by their sides.
De Fichier SS24 © Joanna Layla

About Gill

Gill Wright is a UK artist working with a variety of media with a restless desire to explore new techniques. Her work achieves a carefully considered visual simplicity whilst revealing further layers of complexity on closer inspection, with a delightful playfulness in the line.

Since graduating in Fashion Design in the early nineties Gill has worked on projects in fashion design, graphic design and illustration including editorial work, advertising, brand identity, book illustration, window displays, talks, educational workshops and exhibitions as well as her own fine art prints and silk squares. She has twice appeared as a guest artist in ‘Illustrating Fashion’ with Joanna Layla at the House of Illustration / Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

Gill is represented worldwide by Lemonade Illustration and by Acid Gallery in France for original works.

Clients include Hemingway Design, London | FIDA Worldwide/Alberta Ferretti | Faux Fur Institute/Ecopel, Paris | Watches of Switzerland | Voix Meets Mode | Estila | CollageLondon | British Fashion Edit | Capstone Publishing | Good Housekeeping | The Northern School of Art | House of Illustration / Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

Gill has reached the finals of the FIDA Worldwide Fashion Illustration Awards twice, as well as being a panellist for the inaugural FidaTalks. She has also created work live with FIDA for Alberta Ferretti and Bulgari and has exhibited at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Miami.

An illustration of a fashion model looking over their shoulder, they are wearing a leopard print coat with pink furry collar and trim.
Illustration © Gill Wright

What people say

“I felt like I'd really achieved something by the end of it, and that I had a really good set of tools going forward.”

“Fantastic - I feel like my personal style has really improved”

“The demos and examples of work were so helpful in getting inspiration for new techniques”

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