Illustrating African Fashion

Create striking fashion illustrations inspired by bold African prints using both digital and traditional techniques

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Digital Studio, Learning Centre

  • Tickets cost £80.00 - £100.00

    Suitable for all levels.

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Illustrating African Fashion photo

This workshop will explore the historical origins of fashion illustration in Africa, and the important role textiles play in the art of dressing African. The session will simplify the fashion sketch while equipping participants with techniques to develop their own style and approach. Begin with an introduction to drawing the fashion figure and capturing the essence of a model, pose, or outfit. Next, practical exercises will familiarise you with figure drawing and depicting fabric movement and texture. Finally, digitise your sketches using the Procreate app, and add bespoke patterns to create a fashion illustration and one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by the Africa Fashion exhibition.

The workshop ticket includes admission to the Africa Fashion exhibition to be used on the day of the workshop. This workshop is suitable for all levels and limited to 16 attendees. Attendees must be 18+. All materials including iPads are provided. Suitable for beginners.

Workshop led by Yéga: 

YÉGA is a British-Nigerian fashion artist whose client list includes British Vogue, Vogue Arabia, Maison Ladurée, Boghossian, Fashion Trust Arabia, Jennifer Chamandi London and The Dubai Mall.

Her blended cultural heritage greatly influences her eclectic style, often featuring intricate line work, patterns, bold colour palettes and her favourite subject- the human figure. Working predominantly with fine liner pens and digital colour, she also frequently experiments with watercolours, markers and acrylic paint.

In 2020, YEGA founded Fashion Illustration Africa to encourage knowledge sharing between Western and African illustrators. She also co-founded iLLUSTRA8, an NYC-based talent management agency representing multidisciplinary illustrators from Africa, India and the Middle East.

Header image: YÉGA