The fashion-lover’s guide to coloring books.
When we were children, coloring and drawing were much loved pastimes. While most of us haven’t done these in years, these simple activities are still incredibly important to the fashion industry.
Fashion illustration is however no longer used solely by designers and brands. It’s now an industry on its own, with illustrators selling their beautifully crafted designs as art, cards and fabric prints. Admittedly few of us have the artistic skill to create perfectly formed figures, but thankfully there’s a solution that’ll let you indulge your inner child and fashion diva simultaneously.
Contemporary fashion illustration coloring books combine the classic black drawings we loved as children with the trends we follow today. Simplifying high fashion into simple doodles and sketches, these coloring books are great for budding clothing designers and fashionistas of all ages. And if you’re looking to start illustrating yourself, these books are a perfect way to get some practice.
Luckily fashion coloring books are growing in popularity, meaning there’s a lot to choose from. Here’s a look at my top picks from Amazon to get you started.
The Fashion Coloring Book
This book by Carol Chu and Lulu Chang contains images from more than fifty iconic designers including Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Miu Miu, Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen whose famous shoe adorns the cover.
My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming
This is an interactive coloring book specially created by the leading fashion-illustrator Nina Chakrabarti. The book encourages creativity, with illustrations to color in and designs to finish off, as well as simple ideas and DIYs.
My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion
A follow up to My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming, this second volume offers up all the same activities with fresh new designs by fashion-illustrator Nina Chakrabarti
Designer Doodles: Over 100 Designs to Complete and Create
This book by illustrator Nellie Ryan offers over 100 pages full of creative prompts to create your own innovative designs.
Erte Fashions Coloring Book
Vintage fashion and art lovers will be able to channel Russian-born designer Erté with this unusual coloring book. Thirty of his best Art Deco costumes, drawn between 1915 and 1922, appear in this book. You’ll find everything from graceful figures modelling exotic garments, a dancer’s attire comprised entirely of flowing ribbons, and other fanciful designs.
Fashions of the First Ladies
If you’re after something with a bit of history, this amusing coloring book allows you to add a little color to fashionable First Ladies. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, 46 of the nation’s most famous women grace the pages of this entertaining and informative coloring book. Presidents’ wives, daughters, and other relations who served as official White House hostesses appear here in finely detailed line drawings.
All books are available at www.amazon.com.