Meet The Creatives: Blair Breitenstein

The renowned fashion illustrator has created an exclusive capsule for us – go behind the designs in the first of our new series which looks at the world of the makers who’ve shaped our collection this season.

Date

Monday, 19 August 2019

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Blair Breitenstein
Fashion illustrator

Blair Breitenstein is famed for her smudgy charcoal and watercolor sketches of chichi doe-eyed girls, which turned her into an art-scene darling; our collection this season was influenced by the movers and shakers of the art world. So we joined the dots and asked her to collaborate with us on a capsule for men, women and kids. Here, the Seattle-raised, New York-based artist talks inspiration, fashion vs illustration and embracing mistakes.
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"I always seem to include a little 60s flair in the girls I draw. Brigitte Bardot inspires my work, as well as the work of Henri Matisse."

"How would I describe my art? Quirky, approachable, exaggerated, expressive, colorful, modern."
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"I love all the pieces in the collection. The colors are earthy – like marigold and blue – yet the images are a little punk."

"I also love the way the designers layered my drawings with their designs – you're wearing fashion illustration in a discreet way, which is really unique."
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"I never use an eraser – I like embracing mistakes. I think this adds an element of playfulness to my work."

"I work from many inspiration photos. I’ll pull a pose from one and a facial expression from another – and then I just start drawing. I don’t like to plan my drawings out."
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"Fashion illustration allows me to express my love of fashion. I’m a girl who appreciates clothing – the shapes, colors, textures. However, I like to be comfortable, so my closet doesn’t always reflect my love – but my drawings do!"