Fashion illustrators don't get nearly enough recognition for their awesomeness. So here's a new series on some names to watch. First up: Leo Greenfield
Props to Kirstie Clements, who commissioned four illustrated covers of Cate Blanchett from British illustrator David Downton for the 50th birthday edition of Vogue Australia back in September 2009.
Harper’s Bazaar Australia also featured a few illustrations on the multiple covers of its far more recent 15th anniversary edition, earlier this year.
Beyond these special editions, illustrated covers of Australian fashion magazines have been few and far between. Indeed, they seem a rarity anywhere in the world these days. In spite of renewed interest in the work of say the late Antonio Lopez (a posthumous collab MAC collection with whom is due to bow in September), designer collaborations such as Prada/James Jean and the emergence of illustrator/bloggers in the form of Garance Doré, Danny Roberts and Richard Haines. The latter did not have to wait for magazines to commission them, they published themselves – and then generated buzz.
Melbourne-based illustrator Leo Greenfield has been publishing his work on his blog for the past five years.
A graduate of Adelaide University (a Bachelor of International Studies and a post graduate diploma in Fine Arts) and the Victorian College of the Arts (a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Sculpture), Greenfield has had work published in a few titles, including Hong Kong’s Weekend Weekly magazine and Australia’s Design Files. And you couldn’t miss his installation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in May 2012 – his spectacular turquoise watercolours being the focal point of the TFIA’s ‘Textile and Fashion Hub’ at the event.
Why don’t we see his work published more widely? Imagine a Leo Greenfield takeover of David Jones’ front windows.
Here is a hitherto unpublished series of illos Greenfield sketched during his first and so far only trip to Paris Fashion Week in September 2011.
After the shows, he took a side trip to Versailles, where he sketched The 18th Century Back in Fashion exhibition of 18th century and contemporary fashion.
Balenciaga (1/2), John Galliano for Christian Dior (3/4), Thierry Mugler (5), John Galliano for Christian Dior (6), Comme des Garçons (7), Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel (8), Olivier Theyskens for Rochas (9).
cover image: damir doma spring/summer 2012
all illustrations: supplied exclusively to frockwriter by leo greenfield