Haute Couture SS16 live runway sketching portfolio

Alexandre Vauthier HC Beauty 2

This is technically my second Haute Couture season, although it’s my first ever HC live sketching portfolio. My first try, back in 2012, my level of access was so minimal and my performance was so distracted, I didn’t even bother posting the results. This season, I was way better equipped to make a great portfolio. This is thanks in no small part to the support of my editors at The Globe and Mail, who ran my story in the paper with a few highlight illustrations on February 13 2016.

The Globe and Mail 13-02-16

The story did not run online, however you can download the section and read my story here. I talk about the links between couture and fashion illustration as anachronistic arts, and share some of the adventures I had creating the portfolio.

Following is a small selection of some of my favourite drawings from the season. All of these sketches were created live on site at the runway shows and backstage.

Above and below, from Alexandre Vauthier. This show was the most fun to draw of the week – high on attitude and speed. The beauty illustration of the model at top, is the same model wearing the red dress below.







Alexandre Vauthier HC SS16 1 Alexandre Vauthier HC SS16 2 Alexandre Vauthier HC SS16 3

Alexis Mabille, below. See the video of me sketching that show here.

Alexis Mabille HC SS16 1 web Alexis Mabille HC SS16 2 web

A couple street style drawings. Below, Caroline de Maigret arriving at Chanel.

Caroline de Maigret web

… and Susanna Lau departing from Chanel…

Susie Bubble web


Ilja HC SS16 2 web

Julian Fournié.

Julian Fournie HC SS16 1 web

Rami Al Ali.

Rama Al Ali HC SS16 2 web

Rama Al Ali HC SS16 1 web


Schiaparelli Couture SS16 1 web Schiaparelli Couture SS16 2 web

Zuhair Murad.

Zuhair Murad Couture SS16 Beauty web Zuhair Murad HC SS16 1 web Zuhair Murad HC SS16 2 web

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