So much fashion imagery is currently so brazen, tacky & downright Jersey Shore'ish that it's small wonder so many of us are hankering for something with some charm & artistry. "I think there is an allure to seeing fashion interpreted in a less literal way," agrees the young Saudi fashion illustrator Moona Al-Qahtani in an interview with the Riyadh-based D'NA. "It's also still an important part of the creative process. When you think about the amazing pieces that come down a runway, most began life as illustrations."
Along with artists like Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo and Klimt, Moona - a self-taught illustrator - looks to her Bedouin roots for inspiration as well as folk music (she's also a longtime quilter). Interestingly, she credits the old school McCalls catalogues and Vogue patterns with first piquing her interest in the art of fashion illustration. "Every now and then they would publish breathtaking illustrations that stood out from all the photography."
- Lesley Scott