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Montana Forbes

Montana Forbes's Photo - International fashion illustrator. London

Light and sensitive line work, subtle colour palettes and an appreciation for pattern and texture are what set London-based fashion illustrator Montana Forbes apart from the rest. Inspired by the psychology of fashion and the narrative of individual style, she’s an expert in the field and is an Association of Illustrators board member, leading masterclasses in fashion illustration at the House of Illustration.
Her childhood in the US and Southern Africa has informed her style and sense of colour, she’s inspired by vintage magazines and clothing and an advocate for sustainable fashion. She studied Visual Communication at university, focusing on the history of art, photography and graphic design.

Approach

Researching and collecting visual references of a subject matter is the first part of Montana’s approach. After getting together a pool of ideas she starts doodling and sketching in pencil. Later on, Photoshop is used to develop and tweak the image, and to apply the colour.

Style

Montana has a clear, minimal, pared-back style. Her aim is to capture a timeless sensibility in her images, but one that people can easily relate to.

Client list

Montana has been commissioned by clients including Gap, The Evening Standard, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harrods, Penguin Random House, Technomarine Watches, Time Out, Waitrose and more.
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MARGIELA for H&M dress illustration by Montana Forbes
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Tata Naka outfit illustration by Montana Forbes
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DOC dress illustration by Montana Forbes
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Lady in celine pyjama suit
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Lady in swimsuit
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Women wearing summer sandals fashion illustration
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portrait of Cillian Murphy
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Horoscope concept The Ram illustration by Montana Forbes
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portrait of fashion lady
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Woman at picnic illustration by Montana Forbes
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line art of long boot
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Woman beauty illustration by Montana Forbes
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The Water Bearer illustration by Montana Forbes
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Illustration for Harrods casual wear by Montana Forbes
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Illustration for Harrods sports wear by Montana Forbes
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Illustration for Harrods cocktail wear by Montana Forbes
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Bath tub and plant illustration by Montana Forbes
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Modern kitchen illustration
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Illustration of kitchen and dining
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Decoration of a bedroom
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Decoration of a living room
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Illustration of beautiful twin girls
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Woman fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Pant cuff and pumps - Fashion illustration
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Stylish lady in blue dress
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Whistles outfit - Lady fashion illustration by Montana Forbes
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Lady model in anthropologie jumpsuit
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Jeans with high heels - fashion illustration
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Maje dress illustration by Montana Forbes
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