Illustration Institute
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fashion illustration week

Fashion Illustration has been described as prose poems, having more fictional narratives than design drawings. They are more obviously filtered through an individual vision than photos.

This September 9-13 Illustration Institute offers a week-long series of workshops, presentations, and artist talks on fashion and fashion illustration, sponsored by the Roxanne Quimby Foundation. Learn secrets of fashion illustration from pros through drawing workshops using actual clothing, drawing from observation and on-site sketching, demonstrations, and lively discussion with designers.

Workshops and artist talks by:

Alex Rheault: Maine-based fashion illustrator/educator/artist

Bijou Karman: LA-based Fashion illustrator/artist/designer

Jenny Kroik: NYC-based fashion illustrator/New Yorker cover artist/illustrator

Presentations by:

Edward Maeder, costume and textile historian

Jill McGowan, clothing designer & owner Jill McGowan,Inc.

Adele Masengo Ngoy, clothing designer & President & Founder of Women United Around the World, Adele Masengo Designs, Owner of Antoine’s Tailor Shop and Formal Wear

Workshops and panel discussion will take place at Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St, Portland, Maine, and evening lectures will take place at Maine College of Art’s Other Hall, 522 Congress St, Portland, Maine.


Monday, September 9

9:30 am – Intro to Fashion Illustration workshop, Alex Rheault

12:30 pm – Break

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm – Intro to Fashion Illustration workshop, Alex Rheault

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm – History of Fashion in Art lecture, Edward Maeder

Tuesday, September 10

9:30 am – Fashion Illustration Workshop, Bijou Karman

12:30 pm – Break

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm – Fashion Illustration Workshop, Bijou Karman

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm – Fashion Illustration Lecture, Jenny Kroik

Wednesday, September 11

9:30 am – Fashion Illustration Workshop, Jenny Kroik

12:30 pm – Break

1:30 pm - 4:00pm – Fashion Illustration Workshop, Jenny Kroik

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm – Fashion Illustration Lecture, Bijou Karman

Thursday, September 12

10:30 am – Fashion in Practice Panel Discussion – Jill McGowan, Adele Masengo Ngoy, and Alex Rheault

12:30 pm – Break

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm – Drawing Off the Rack with Alex Rheault

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm – Final Reception

Friday, September 13

9:30 am - 12:30 pm – Open Studio with Alex Rheault, Jenny Kroik, and Bijou Karman


There is LIMITED SPACE for the week with 25 spots available. Register soon by emailing and send a check to:

Illustration Institute, 2 Union Street, Portland, ME 04101


$600/per person covers Monday thru Friday. Fee includes all workshops, evening lectures, and final reception (single workshop days are not available). Food and lodging are on your own in our lovely and foodie fantastic city of Portland, ME.

REGISTRATION must be made by August 23, 2019. REGISTER HERE:


Workshop and Lecture Descriptions:

Sketch with Attitude! Fashion Silhouette & Groupings

Alex Rheault

Fashion sketching techniques create poses with attitude and groupings on a page. Visualize clothing ideas, generate animated shapes, and garments in a varied short-hand method. Draw from actual clothing and accessories, drawings or photographs, printouts, and magazine tear sheets.  Create dynamic illustrations for booklets, book art or zine content, paintings, paper dolls, design brainstorming, and more!

Icon: Techniques for Bold Fashion Illustration

Bijou Karman

This workshop will lead participants through the process of picking interesting subjects and focal points, sketching ideas, and learning techniques to create a finished image. Themes explored will include flatness using color, bold outlines, exaggeration and proportion, boldness in simplicity vs. over the top pattern clashing, expression in faces, fabric textures, and drawing hair, shoes, glasses, accessories.

Portland Stories

Jenny Kroik

This workshop explores using observational skills to notice the stories around us in clothing and street style. t will cover discuss sketching and thumbnail technique, use of color, and how to collect information "in the field" in order to create images later in the studio. Participants will disperse in the Portland Museum of Art or outside in Portland and spend some time drawing, then use the sketches to create a final painting.

Fashion in Art: Mirrors of Humanity

Edward Maeder

Fashion, often considered frivolous, elite, or inaccessible, mirrors complexities of who we are. Historic and contemporary imagery and illustrations reveal what we believe, how we act.  Maeder’s insights capture how we perceive what we wear and why through artworks that record idiosyncratic, personal and socio-political structures.

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