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Emerging Illustrator, Lara Cresser, was announced as the winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Illustrator Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.

Emerging Illustrator, Lara Cresser, was announced as the winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Illustrator Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.
Emerging Illustrator, Lara Cresser

Brisbane Fashion Month 2017 saw an array of fashion creatives come together to showcase their best designs. The Brisbane Fashion Month Creative Competition promoted emerging talent within the fashion industry. From designers, illustrators, stylists and photographers – there was an impressive line up of talent recognised and celebrated.

I sat on the judging panel alongside Meredith McMaster, Sarah Timmerman and Adrzej Pytel. The general public also voted for their favourites and to say the competition was tough would be an understatement.

Emerging Illustrator, Lara Cresser, won the Illustration category so we caught up with her to learn more about her winning masterpiece and journey. Read our exclusive interview below.


Congratulations on being chosen as the winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Fashion Illustration Competition. Can you tell me about the inspiration behind your winning illustration?

LC: As it was for Brisbane Fashion Month, the goal for my entry was to embody the best of our local fashion scene and to capture the effortless ease that we do so well. What better way to do that then to draw the lovely work of local designer Chelsea De Luca, whose lounge range is incredibly sophisticated and languorous.

What was it like receiving the news that you were chosen as the winner of this category?

LC: Surprising! The entries from the other finalists were all stunning so it was a pleasure to be selected.

Was there a significant moment that sparked your interest within the fashion industry?

LC: I have always been interested in art and design and my love of fashion flowed quite naturally from that. If I had to pinpoint a moment, I think it would be around the time I started modelling when I was about 16 years old. I loved the fantasy element of dressing up in different styles and characters and I would often draw the people around me in the downtime backstage.

Emerging Illustrator, Lara Cresser, was announced as the winner of the Brisbane Fashion Month Illustrator Competition. Read her exclusive interview with Fashion Weekly.
Lara's winning illustration from the Brisbane Fashion Month Creative Competition

Where do you draw inspiration from when you’re creating a new illustration?

LC: All sorts of places, from people in the street and artists I admire to the runways and old Hollywood movies.

How would you describe your creative aesthetic?

LC: My aesthetic is quite minimalistic and clean, which I think is reflected in both my personal style and in my work. My illustrations combine classic portraiture techniques with a contemporary edge to create clean, elegant designs with a modern twist. I prefer to work in black and white with only occasional pops of colour, relying on toning and fading to create depth and character.

What has been the biggest challenge you've faced as an emerging illustrator?

LC: The most challenging thing I have found is developing a style that is a clear representation of my aesthetic and is unique enough to set my work apart from that of other illustrators out there. I have found that since I have refined that style, my business has grown quite organically.

Who would be your dream client that you’d like to illustrate for one day?

LC: It would be an honour to work for Vogue or to do costume illustrations for film/stage.

When you’re not illustrating, what do you like to get up to in your spare time?

LC: Honestly, I like to draw or paint! Otherwise I tend to find myself at the gallery.

What’s next for you?

LC: I have actually just wrapped up an amazing commission for Billboard magazine in the US doing portraits for their annual Women in Music issue, which was such a privilege. Next up is the madness that is Christmas commissions!

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