Last week, I featured the work of Isabelle Feliu as part of my list of 16 fantastical fashion illustrations. Since then, her paintings have been on my mind. Combing women of all shapes and sizes, she outfits them in fabulous fashions from real-world designers like Vivetta and Gucci. The clothing is contemporary, but the Isabelle’s style of watercolor paintings is reminiscent of artists long ago. Matisse comes to mind—especially in the gesture of Isabelle’s figures, as well as her use of bold, flattened shapes.
Isabelle’s illustrations define their own sort of idealized body type. In her world, these are broad and curvy women—very different from the women you’d normally see (in real life) modeling the high-fashion ensembles. This is the best thing about her fashion illustrations; they show a different type of consumer slaying in these clothes. Now, if only the real world would catch up.