As Milan passes the show baton on to Paris, we welcome Jowy Maasdamme, our new resident artist and the illustrator behind the blog ISEEJANEMARY. Viewing fashion as a way to gauge the spirit of the age, she will interpret and illustrate the latest looks fresh from the French capital’s catwalks.
Having originally trained in law, Maasdamme soon abandoned the books and picked up a pencil, teaching herself the art of illustration. She primarily uses ink and pencil and prefers a simple palette of black and white. Within these limitations, Maasdamme has carved out a distinctive aesthetic that is both dark and feminine.
Favouring the fantasy of fashion over fashion itself, Maasdamme takes inspiration from a diverse mix of sources, including Disney fairytales, punk, nature and nightmares. Her macabre figures are reminiscent of Tim Burton sketches and emphasise both fragility and transformation.
Keep your eyes on our Tumblr from Tuesday 26 February 2013 to discover Maasdamme’s fantastical take on Anthony Vaccarello's Paris collection. Her drawings will also be uploaded to our Collections pages each day.