Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Hayden Williams

First of all, let me assure you that this is not intended to be an up-and-coming post. Hayden Williams has well and truly arrived.

Even if you haven't heard his name (where have you been?), you're bound to recognise Williams' highly stylised illustrations. Despite receiving criticism for the unrealistic body shapes portrayed in his works, the artist has defended himself, as he explained to me in an email:
'My work is meant to be exaggerated/stylised and not a realistic representation of women. More of a fantasy that women can escape to and get inspired by the glamour and fashions in the visuals.'
Williams' jaw-jutting, wide-eyed, legs-for-days ladies have become immensely popular with his A-list muses, such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Beyoncé. Both women posted his sketches of themselves on their instagram accounts, catapulting his recognition even further into the celebrity stratosphere.

Personally I have always been a huge lover of fashion illustrations and spent a lot of my younger teens trying to imitate Manolo Blahnik's illustrated campaigns. I think that it is really fantastic that such a talented illustrator has come to the fore of the fashion world and I can't wait to see his work translate into a fashion line; something he is planning to establish in the future.

Here are a selection of my favourite illustrations, though his entire portfolio is dazzling.

And my personal favourite...

Oh to be successful enough to warrant a sketch of my own!

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