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Jacqueline Bissett

Jacqueline Bissett - International fashion illustrator. UK

With an expertly contoured line and a few dashes of her brush, British artist Jacqueline Bissett captures the design of a garment and the essence of a collection in a seemingly effortless manner. However, this sublime skill has been built up through over 30 years in the industry, earning her position among the world’s leading fashion illustrators.
Since graduating from Epsom College of Art and Design in the 1980s, Jackie has been illustrating magazine articles, billboard advertising, book covers and jewellery brochures, with her work also appearing on scarves, handbags, bed linen, bathroom accessories and kitchenware. She has helped houses like Thomas Sabo to establish their brand identities, and today is a leading live illustrator working at events and ceremonies around the globe.

Approach

Jackie often uses photographic references when she does her sketching, bringing elements together to form her final composition. She takes photos everywhere she goes, for later use, and updates her palette according to what’s on the catwalk.

Styles

Jackie has two styles. Her watercolour style sees splashes of colour bled onto a wet page. Black lines are added to give the forms stronger definition, for a playful and quickly executed finish. Her second style is collage, using Letrafilm to transfer blocks of colour onto the page, building the illustration from shapes and lines and augmenting the image with Pantone pens.

Client list

Jackie’s clients include Givenchy, Escada, LVMH, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Thomas Sabo, Kurt Geiger, Louis Vuitton, The BAFTA Awards, Giorgio Armani, Lexus and more.
I just wanted to thank you very much for the time and effort you put into the illustrations of my guests. Everyone was delighted with your portraits and think that you must have rose tinted glasses.
Lady Lipton
We are crazy about the illustration...it's perfection. Stacy will be in touch but in the meantime I wanted to reach out and thank you personally. YOU are one of the best decisions I've made in publishing this book!
Carol Cottrill, Carol Cottrill
I just wanted to thank you profusely for the great illustrations you have made for us in the December issue of Tatler. We are extremely happy and think they look fantastic
Emelie De Vitis , Moët & Chandon
Thank you again for all your help in organising Jacqueline for our hotel launch. We have received nothing but wonderful comments from the evening and her presence was a real highlight for many guests. It got very busy at some points but she was an absolute professional throughout…sketching non-stop for five hours!!
Gina Traboulsi, FlamingoRose
I am thrilled with the illustrations created for us by Jacqueline Bissett. They are exactly what we were looking for. It was a very smooth, easy working process which was fantastic.
Concetta Gallo, Asda
Working with Jacqueline on the recent covers I commissioned for the top ten bestselling author Katie Fforde has been a huge pleasure. She shows a deep understanding of the commercial requirements of the jacket brief but is able to inject each illustration with her signature flare and creativity which delight and surprise. They have definitely contributed hugely to Katie Fforde's recent success
Richard Ogle - Art Director, Cornerstone Penguin Random House
It was really great for our team to meet with Jacqueline last night. The event was a great success, with both our hosts and guests commenting on Jacqueline’s amazing illustrations. Thank you again for all your help, we hope to work with Jaqueline again on future events.
Lucy Owen - PR and Marketing, Tory Burch
Thank you so much for the beautiful artwork!
Naomi Colthurst, Hot Key Books
Thanks again for everything, it was a beautiful event and you greatly contributed to it! The clients but also the organization teams were delighted. I loved how you interacted with clients and your performance was a beautiful support to the presentation.
Laura Viallet, Bulgari
Thank you for all your hard work, we're all really excited to publish your work!
Jeremy Koven, Swarovski
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