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Imagine having a constant stream of cool stuff in your closet, but without being a slave to shopping, spending lots of money, or participating in the ready-to-wear global supply chain that is not kind to people nor the environment.  Picture yourself as part of the slow clothes movement, and reduce your clothing carbon footprint!

Learn Fashion Illustration By One Of The Best: Louda Larrain

Renowned textile artist Louda Larrain is teaching a half-day workshop on fashion illustration in conjunction with Hifi and Hawaii Fashion Month. Louda is a mentor in the Hawaii Fashion Exchange, Hifi’s recent membership initiative.
This post originally appeared on PaulaRath.com and appears here with permission from Paula Rath.

Fashion illustration is a skill that can be just plain fun. And you don’t have to be a fashion designer to enjoy it. Just loosen up and be ready to play!

Renowned textile artist Louda Larrain is teaching a half-day workshop on fashion illustration in conjunction with Hifi and HFM (Hawaii Fashion Month). Louda is a mentor in the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX), Hifi’s recent membership initiative. (Learn more about her in my blog.)

The workshop is suitable for aspiring and experienced illustrators and it’s designed to be intimate, so space is very limited.


The Fashion Illustration workshop will be held:

Sunday, November 16

Noon to 4 p.m.

Hosted by Fishcake Gallery, 307 Kamani St. in Kakaako

Cost: $70 for the general public and $35 for HFX members

Register online here.

The workshop will cover:

  • A presentation on fashion illustration history
  • A demonstration explaining illustration approaches and methods
  • Numerous drawing sessions with a live model, followed by a critique of each participant’s work
  • Exercises to communicate students’ fashion ideas through drawing


I remember when I was a fashion student at HCC and I shared my fashion illustration class assignments with my husband, Jerry, who is an orthopedic surgeon. It drove him nuts because the proportions are so wacky and, well, kind of outrageous and beyond Barbie. He would go on and on about how I just couldn’t draw that way because no one’s legs are that long, no one’s head is that small and, well…. no one’s proportions are like that.

Well, you know what? When it comes to fashion illustration, imagination reigns and reality flies out the window. We get to live in la-la land for a little while. Try it. I think you’ll have a blast.

– Paula Rath

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