Hiroshi Tananbe (fashion illustrator)
Hiroshi Tanabe is an indisputable master of the two-dimentional plane. The 33-year-old illustrator's faceless, attenuated, often off-register depictions of women dressed in everything from Lang to Lagerfeld are known by fashionistas and savvy art directors in both his native Tokyo and his adopted home of New York.
Tanabe's editorial illustrations, which have been featured regularly in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Jane, are a seamless blend of East and West, past and present, low and high. Flat plan
es of color reference traditional Japanese
woodcuts, while details like cellphones, inline skates and headphones place the work firmly in the late-20th century. As flat and still as his figures seem to lie, stand or recline on the page, Tanabe's work is in constant motion.
The illustrator admits to being in a moment of transition. Moving away from the bubblegum-pop images of Lolita-skirted girls rendered in pastel pinks, blues and yellows that have made him a kind of illustrator rock star in Tokyo, Tanabe is experimenting with moodier, muddier colors.
Tanabe is still very involved in the fashion world, illustrating collections for himself and various Japanese and American publications. But music and architecture also hold interest for him.
Indisputable master of the two-dimensional plane, Horishi Tanabe’s unique fashion illustrations are revered by fashionistas all over the globe. A graduate of the Tama Art College in Japan he developed his unique, individual style early in his career and immediately won applause for its dynamic, off-register, almost 3-D appearance. Tanabe's illustrations have been published in Arena, Vogue, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Visionaire and Wallpaper. His corporate clients have included Ann Taylor, Barneys New York, Redken and Shiseido. In the early 1990s Tanabe studied at Milan’s Accademia Di Brera and was awarded the Brithish Vogue/Sotheby's Cecil Beaton Award for fashion illu
stration in 1994. In 1999 his first book, "Blue Mode", won a gold medal for illustration and design from the Art Director's Club. This book presents a brilliant collection of work by one of the world’s most sought after fashion illustrators.
Mario Testino (fashion photographer)
In 1976 Mario Testino came to london and started selling portfolios to wannabe models.
He is best known for his exotically bright ad campaigns and his exquisitely styled photographs of the couture scene.
He has photographed many celebreties and models in his profession. He has shot for Madonna in Versace as
well as photogrpahing Princess Diana for her famous Vanity Fair cover 1997. Actresses he has shot for have been, Kim Basigner, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Models such as Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bundchen, Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss. Performers like, Janet Jackson and Madonna. Public Figures like Baroness Thatcher.
Whilst now living in London he continues to photograph the British Royal Family as well as contributing to the image development of, Gucci,Burberry,Micheal Kors, Dolce&Gabanna, Estee Lauder, Valentino and Versace.
His most famous works include, his super sexy as campaigns for Gucci, his black and white Burberry posters starring Kate Moss and Freddie Windsor and a shoot for Vogue's Millennium souvenir issue in silver.
He is occasionally besieged by stars like Madonna wanting to comission him for album covers and portrait shoots. He is also in many of the best fashion magazines.