Mats Gustafson - A 30 year retrospective


 For Christian Dior.




I first became aware of Mat's work when flicking through Nicholas Drake's Fashion Illustration Today in my college library (published 1987), featuring the illustration beneath. While his work has occasionally changed materials and the looks of the era have morphed, his style has remained resolute, simplified silhouettes that capture the proportions and characteristic of the outfit. In an industry that refreshes continuously, Mats' style has simply withstood the test of time.

He has that rare factor that makes a great fashion illustrator, something that I like to call Print Appeal. If it can transcend an article or editorial to the walls of your home or a (respectable) gallery, you know you have a great illustrator on your hands.

It's interesting to note in Another Magazine's interview that Mats has recently collaborated with Dior. As seen above, Mats has illustrated various looks since Raf's appointment, something I'll be keeping a close watch on over the upcoming seasons.

Original article over at Another Mag

For Decoy's previous HUGE post on Mats, click here






Dress and hooded scarf by Azzedine Alaia, autumn 1984. For 'Marie Claire Bis'



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