Ethical Fashion Illustration Courtesy of Amelia’s

 In Ethical Fashion, Inspiration

On Friday I was joyed to attend the launch of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration (#ACOFI), a stunny new book featuring both some of the best ethical fashion designers and the most exciting up and coming fashion illustration talent.

The beautiful book and baked treats by Lily Vanilli

The book features 45 ethical fashion designers including some of my personal faves, Ada Zanditon, Junky Styling, Prophetik and From Somewhere. In addition to the ethical fashion, it is just as much about the fashion illustration with work and interviews from 30 up and coming artists.

The launch event at 123 Bethnal Green Road, was filled with many treats, one of the most exciting was live fashion illustrations of the guests. Lucky me got two fashion illustrations done on the day, by the very talented Jenny Robins and Antonia Makes.

Wearing some of my fave ethical  purchases of 2010 (including my Junky Styling Dress, Neu Aura shoes, and handmade lace hairpiece) here are the illustrations…

Sitting for Jenny Robins at Amelia's Launch

Jenny Robins Drawing Me

A peak at the illustration two mins after I sat down!

And here it is…. What do you think?

Amisha Ghadiali by @jennyrobins #ACOFI

Later on I got chatting to illustrator Antonia Parker (aka Anotonia Makes) and couldn’t resist her kind offer to draw me. We headed upstairs to the 2nd floor of the shop, where we found a gorgeous teal armchair for me to sit in.

Antonia Makes Sketching Me

and the final piece…What do you think?

Amisha Ghadiali by @AntoniaMakes

Fashion Illustration has always been a love of mine, I have sketch books full of drawings from when I was about 12, but sadly didn’t do art at GCSE so never learnt how to do it properly. It was incredible to watch all the illustrators in action, how they can create something so beautiful in only a few minutes. Meeting all the illustrators at the launch really re-invigorated my love and appreciation of the art. I hope to work with many of the illustrators featured in the book in the future.

Amelia Gregory by @nimlawdraws

A massive congratulations to Amelia Gregory, founder of Amelia’s Magazine and the mastermind behind ACOFI. An incredible and passionate lady, who has created a piece of work that I feel will create a buzz and new opportunities for both the designers and illustrators featured as well as drawing new people into the ethical fashion industry in general.

The book is both beautiful and informative as each interview and feature takes you on a personal journey, understanding where each artist gets their inspiration from and why ethical fashion is important to them.

I am doing a full review of the book for Ecouterre, and will let you know when it is live. But you really should get your hands on your own copy, as this is sure to become a collectors item in the future.

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  • Shula Snell

    What a great party and what fabulous people. I loved everything – especially the moleskines and the Vodka O cocktails – Amelia you rock!