Want to Capture Street Fashion? Better Grab Your Pencil

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The click of a pen could soon replace the shutter of a camera when it comes to capturing the catwalk.

Fashion illustrators like Katie Rodgers, Blair Breitenstein, Donald Robertson and Sara Hankinson are enjoying an upward trend in art appreciation, as social media platforms like Instagram and Vine invite a whole new audience into the world of style sketching.

Past making of... 🎶 Olafur Arnalds #paperfashionvideo

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Though the profession has been popular before (think back to the '30s and '40s when fashion illustrations were more common than actual photos), industry experts say today, it's different. Now, mobile devices involve and engage the public with this specialized skill in ways that weren't possible before the days of social media.

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Fashion illustrators are doing more than bringing new flocks of fans to the scene. These artistic observers are being asked by editors to draw their seasonal picks, "live sketch" industry galas and even promote products for high-profile designers.

#SaksGlamGardens #aerin #missdior

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Saks Fifth Avenue Director of Social Media Qianna Smith told The New York Times, "You're going from the blogger who is all about selfies and personal fashion to these girls who aren't focusing on themselves but spotlighting runway shows or editorial from Vogue."

Breitenstein, an illustrator who has worked with Coach, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harper's Bazaar and more, said on her site she aims to "draw the viewer into this new quirky, abstract and chic world of fashion."

Regram from @luckymagazine of my Lulu illustration and some light and summery scents!

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By sketching a look instead of snapping a pic, these fashion illustrators are bringing a little whimsy and much-needed fun back to the fashion fantasy.


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