As a fashion illustrator, I completed a lifelong dream when I created backdrops for Vogue Magazine’s Americans in Paris cocktail and showroom.
After graduating from college, I had the amazing opportunity to work for Vogue Magazine. I learned so much from my time there, so it was a big decision to leave the company a few months ago to pursue my dream of being an illustrator. My choice was validated when I got a call from the exalted fashion bible to illustrate for them. Vogue, CFDA, and Instagram hired me to create backdrops for their annual showroom and cocktail called Americans in Paris. Americans in Paris celebrates the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers every year through a cocktail party and a showroom space that takes place during Paris fashion week. My drawings appeared as the backdrops in the photo booths and as the invitation for the cocktail.
The cocktail took place at the beautiful space Angelina, which is very gilded and Parisian. I took the space as my influence when I designed a pattern of gold motif with pink peonies. It was the most exciting Friday night/Saturday morning being tagged on Instagram with the amazing photos from the cocktail. You can imagine my excitement when Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid popped into the booth (anyone who follows my Instagram knows I have a major fan girl crush on the both of them). Getting a shout-out from Eva Chen was an awesome moment as well. Seeing my name in a Vogue.com article covering the event was a fulfilled lifetime goal.
The showroom was a beautiful set up with a couch and coffee table. My backdrop depicted the same repeated motif as the cocktail, but in blue, with an elegant fashion sketch of a model in a red fur coat carrying a TUMI bag (TUMI was a sponsor). The CVFF designers looked like they had the best time posing in front of the backdrop. It must be a deliriously surreal feeling being in Paris for fashion week, and I someday hope to be there to experience the sensation as well.