Paris: Fashion Flair
Marc-Antoine Coulon and Ines de la Fressange
The glamour and excitement of the Parisian fashion scene explodes onto the page in these bold portraits and drawings of Paris by rising star and couture-insider Marc-Antoine Coulon.
With an unwavering hand and a riot of color, Marc-Antoine Coulon captures Paris fashion on and off the runaway. His pared-down, ultra-glamorous sketches—portraits of designers, screen stars, and his favorite Parisian haunts from day to night—are rendered here with incisive and unique artistry. Coulon’s watercolors, collages, and sketches, paired with handwritten observations and pithy quotations, transcend the page. The artist’s distinctive style—inspired by the great masters René Gruau and Erté—is both timeless and iconic, with a decidedly contemporary edge that is at once elegant, sexy, vibrant, and witty.
Fashion icon Ines de la Fressange acknowledges his artistic courage: with a bold saturated background, a confident brushstroke, or the force of negative space, his drawings sublimate his subjects—whether a dress, a monument, or a celebrity.
As fashion illustration enjoys a renaissance in magazines and couture campaigns, Coulon’s drawings have been commissioned by everyone from Vogue to Dior to private collectors. They offer readers a joyful and breathless tour of everything fashionable in Paris.
Marc-Antoine Coulon creates illustrations for luxury clients such as Dior, Cartier, Jean-Paul Gautier, and Givenchy. His work regularly appears in magazines such as Vogue, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, Madame Figaro, and Elle. He illustrated the Vogue Paris Coloring Book in 2018. An exhibition of his work, Unapologetic Lines, was held from August 2018–January 2019 at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta.
Ines de la Fressange, model and designer, is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Parisian Chic (Flammarion, 2011).