Piet Paris
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Fashion in perfect form

The symbolic illustration of figures belongs to the unique stylistic repertoire of Piet Paris. The Dutchman founded the Arnheim Fashion Biennale in 2005 and works internationally with labels such as Prada, Steve McQueen, YSL, Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten, Anna Sui, and SAKS 5th Avenue.

His fashion illustrations carry the essence of an opulent catwalk show. Sharp lines and clear forms produce characteristic silhouettes. Fashion becomes not just a sculpture, but a powerful symbol too. His special cut technique, inspired by the scissor cut, distinguishes the lines of his images and creates the certain “perfect shape” for which he has been internationally acclaimed.

Awarded the Grand Seigneur fashion prize in 2008, Paris has for more than two decades been in demand for large fashion campaigns and magazine covers in Japan, the USA, Russia, Great Britain, and France. He has not only designed striking covers for VOGUE, but has also developed stage scenes, such as for the Viktor & Rolf fashion show.

Though adept at all graphic techniques, Paris lectures 3D design and prefers himself to work with airbrush and layering techniques. Through the combination of geometric forms and striking silhouettes emerges a distinctive figure, one possessive of a particularly harmonious and timeless style. This remarkably creative and symbolic vision transcends individual trends.

Christina Wendenburg
1962Born in the Netherlands
2008Fashion & Drawing, ArtEZ Academy for art, Arnheim, Netherlands
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Awards (Selection)

2009Best Fashion Ambassador, Marie Claire Prix de la Mode
The Netherlands House Style Award
2008Grand Seigneur, fashion award, Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2010Piet Paris Fashion Illustration, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Fashion Illustration Today (working title) by Tony Glenville, Laurence King Publishing 2013
Fashion from A to Z by Georgette Koning and Piet Paris, Lecturis 2011
The Great Big Book of Fashion Illustration by Martin Dawber, Batsford 2011
Piet Paris Fashion Illustrations by Studio Piet Paris, D’Jonge Hond Uitgeverij 2010
The Beautiful: Illustrations for Fashion and Style by Anneke Krull, Die Gestalten Verlag 2010
100 years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman, Laurence King Publishing 2007
Illusive Contemporary Illustration and its Context by Robert Klanten and Hendrik Hellige, Die Gestalten Verlag 2005
Stylishly drawn, contemporary Fashion illustration by Laird Borrelli, Harry N. Abrams Inc., Publishers 2000

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