NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright
New Zealand fashion illustrator New York-based Natasha Wright, who has 47,000 Instagram followers a day, is working for well-known illustrator Dallas Shaw on projects such as clothing prints and promotional work for brands like DKNY, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Anthropologie.
Wright says she is learning a lot from Shaw’s social media strategy – it’s one of the main ways the illustrator gets clients. Wright’s journey to New York began while studying fashion at Wellington’s Massey University School of Design.
A third-year exchange to the US saw her studying fashion merchandising and marketing at San Francisco State University, and the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York.
This led to working for Christian Siriano (of Project Runway fame), and the Designers Management Agency, where she had the opportunity to design a collection for Elle magazine.
Wright’s sketches are inspired by looks she sees online or on the street. “You just get a feeling from something, whether you like it. I like to illustrate things I either would like to wear or that are really beautiful.”
Up next for Wright is growing her freelance work in New Zealand and Australia, and working on a book she is illustrating and writing.
“It’s like a journal about a girl’s experience moving to New York and all the things that inspire her, for anyone who loves fashion.”
Original article by Fiona Ralph, The New Zealand Herald, October 15, 2014.