Fashion illustration of the 16th - 20th cc.: origin, development, functions


  • Ivan Balvas Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv



fashion illustration, haute couture, illustrator, designer


 The article deals with the history of fashion illustration as a special genre of art - from its origins to the late 20th century. The author focuses his attention on the life and work of fashion illustrators of the 16th-20th centuries: their common features, creativity and their artistic manner. Several research methods are applied, including hermeneutic and semiotic analysis, synergistic and multidisciplinary approach. Both biographical and typological methods were applied as well.  Key stages of the fashion illustration development are reviewed in the article. It is shown that the fashion illustration changed significantly if not dramatically in order to match the demands of epoch and fashion. The author argues that the fashion illustration should be considered as a separate branch of fine art. He pays special attention to the contribution of the fashion illustrators and designers in the fashion industry development. The paper may be of interest for historians of fashion, fashion editors, designers, who will be able to find useful information, inspiration and new ideas.




How to Cite

Balvas І. (2021). Fashion illustration of the 16th - 20th cc.: origin, development, functions. TEXT AND IMAGE: ESSENTIAL PROBLEMS IN ART HISTORY, 1(3).