Vogue’s influence on Fashion Illustration

Vogue magazine, arguably the most famous magazine in the world was founded in 1892 by Arthur Baldwin Turnure. It began as a weekly publication. Turner wanted to create a social gazette for New York’s Elite. Vogue not only presented fashion; it was fashion. New York Times book critic, Caroline Weber, in her December 2006 Book review of In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine (Rizzoli) described Vogue as “the world’s most influential fashion Magazine”.

The very first cover of Vogue was published on December 17,1892.

The beautifully illustrated covers mirrored the dreams, ideals, creative inspirations and even illusions and delusions of the eras. Vogue’s Covers were works of Art.



Fashion Illustrations had been a designer’s sole method of communicating their ideas to the public eye.  On July 8, 1909 Vogue published first photographic cover. And by the 1930’s we began to see the decline in the use of Fashion Illustrations. With the industry learning towards photographic images.


Despite this change of course for magazine images Fashion Illustrations are still used throughout the design industry itself as a designer’s main visual communication tool. Whether your looking to Illustrations or Photographs Fashion Illustrations are here to stay.

Images:  Atelier  

The Croquis-Part I

Fashion Illustration has been around for nearly 500 years. Serving in the design industry as a means of translation, communication and expression of ideas and design image into a finished garment. Fashion illustrations are a way of showcasing clothing and accessories designs and the croquis is the Designer’s tool.

The word croquis comes from the French croquer meaning simply to sketch, rough out, literally, to crunch.  In the fashion industry it has come to refer to a quick sketch of a figure. Clothing designs are loosely drawn and combined to create a cohesive, finished look. These drawings can be flushed out further later on to serve as art.

When designing a collection it can be time consuming to draw every croquis from Scratch. Designers will use a croquis tracing templates for figures and poses on which to quickly sketch their designs. Over time you can build up your own library of fashion images to work from. These templates for fashion design offer endless illustration possibilities.

There are croquis for Fashion illustrations as well as a croquis used for Technical Flat sketches. Each serving it particular purpose.

Fashion Illustration and Flat Sketch Croquis

In Part II I will show you how the croquis is draw and point you towards some resources. But to wet your appetite you might want to check out the quintessential reference for Fashion Illustration. 

 Nine Heads and its lovely companion

 Colors for Modern Fashion