Simply The Best...Highlighting the Fashion Illustrations of Robert Best

Updated: Jan 8

Robert Best born, June 23, 1969 in Utah USA, studied fashion design at "Parsons, The New School for Fashion Design" in NY. He was awarded "student designer of the year" upon graduating.

One of his instructors Best quoted as saying "that my sketches looked like Barbie" said Best "So maybe it was prophetic."

Best appeared on Project Runway in 2006, solidifying himself as a pop culture icon. His career spans from designing for brands like Donna Karan and Isaac Mizrahi. Two of his crowning achievements were;

1. In 2000 Best created the prestigious "Barbie Fashion Model Collection" The collection celebrated the fashion of the 1950's and 60's, inspired by his love of black & white films as well as classic couturiers like Balenciaga & Dior.

2. In 2010 the "Barbie Fashion Model Collection" book was published celebrating 10 years of his collection that can truly be called the Best of Barbie."

Without Further ado please enjoy 21 of my personal favorites from his vast collection of fashion illustrations!

Best is currently the Senior Director at Mattel for Barbie Design.

Every year collectors and fashion lovers a like patiently await his annual calendar. I intend to get my hands on one (once its back in stock!)

What was your favorite Illustration of all?

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Think you've got what it takes to create your own original fashion illustrations? Perhaps you are considering dipping your toe into the possibility of becoming a fashion illustrator, You are in luck! At LAIDIECLOTH U, my online Couture Fashion Design School, there is just such a course. Teaching you the basics of fashion illustration and designing dresses, the course also includes downloadable templates for you to practice with over and over!

If you are not ready to commit just yet, you can still enroll in the school, free of charge. Every week school enrollees get free mini-lessons, and first access to course discounts.

Some info cited from; IMBD, and the official Mattel Website.

Jasmine Terry-Ankobil owner and operator of LAIDIECLOTH fashion house, where I create custom designs and perform alterations for formal occasions. As well as my ready to wear shop. & Online Couture Sewing School LAIDIECLOTH U. Please feel free to share this article and/or visit my site

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