After studying at Brighton Art School, Barbara built up a wealth of experience in fashion illustration for magazines like Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Nineteen and Honey, as well as leading advertising agencies.
"It’s all about body shapes, whether in illustrations or designing clothes, the colour changes according to the environment. In my Miami Beach studio, its all bright technicolor whereas London goes light smudges plums, violets, and burnt orange orchids," explains Barbara.
When creating an illustration, Barbara draws onto thick vellum paper and develops the work before transferring it to heavier card. Usually, she scans in the illustration to digitally add colour. Whenever she’s approaching a brief, she works closely with the client to work out the right vibe for the illustration.
Barbara’s style varies as she adjusts the tone and content of her images to meet the needs of her client. Her drawings have a lot of energy, and she enjoys creating faces that are lovely, but with a little extra – they have attitude, and something to say. For cosmetics, she uses a more instructional illustration style.
Officer of the British Empire (OBE) 2012
WGSN Global Fashion Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Award 2011
Cosmetic Executive Women Lifetime Achievement Award 2005
American Institute of Architects 1993
Miami Design Preservation League Award 1991
Bath Museum of Costume Dress of the Year Award 1972
House of Fraser, Cosmetic Executive Women, George at ASDA, Miami Fashion Week, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Graham & Brown, TOP SHOP, Disney, Peony & Moore, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Nineteen,
Books & Books
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen
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