-by Dan dos Santos
Costume design is an integral part of any good fantasy illustration.
A good costume can be the main driving force of a composition, or it can be used to add a deeper backstory to your character. Either way, it’s importance is not to be understated.
I gained an intense interest in fashion starting back in High School. Though, you wouldn’t guess it by looking at me now, since I rarely get out of my pajamas these days. I do however still maintain that interest, and try to implement it’s influence in my work whenever I can.
Jean Paul Gaultier, born in 1952, is a staple in the world of fashion. Pioneering the use of unconventional models, like those that are heavily tattooed, pierced, transgender and even obese, he made a huge impact on the fashion world in the 1980’s. He is self-taught, and is best know for his edgy, almost futuristic look. Relying heavily on leather and often utilizing a lot of metal in his designs, his work is perfect inspiration for the SFF artist. It’s no wonder he was selected as the lead clothing designer for films such as ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘The City of Lost Children’.
Some of my favorite Gaultier designs: