Drawn to Fashion

  • By Kelsey Daul
We had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Mary Mitchell, a well known and highly respected fashion illustrator. Mary started her career as a fashion illustrator after graduating from Albright Art School in Buffalo, New York. She has had the opportunity to sketch for many large retailers and clothing stores. 
Mary's illustrations have been noticed by famous designers and editors around the world. She even had the opportunity to speak with Oscar de la Renta, who went on to write the forward for her book, Drawn to Fashion. This amazing book gives a look into her life as a fashion illustrator for the past 3 decades. The sketches in this book are one of a kind and show her true talent as an illustrator. 
In January of 2012, the Omaha Durham Museum honored Mary and her book with the Drawn to Fashion exhibit that ran for 4 months. The proceeds for her book go to the Mary Mitchell Fashion Illustration Fund at the Textile, Clothing and Design department at University of Nebraska Lincoln. 
If you are interested in ordering Drawn to Fashion, reading more about Mary Mitchell's fabulous life as a fashion illustrator, and the exhibit honoring her, check out 
Below are some of her famous illustrations that she did with fur!
Mary was a delight to speak with and her book is amazing!  Be sure to visit her website and take a look at her gorgeous book!  Her book and note cards with her artwork are available at the Joslyn Museum and at the Durham Western Heritage Museum.
The cover of her book Drawn to Fashion

"Chinchilla coat created with pastels. After laying down the black color, I take a Q-tip to smudge the edges, giving the illusion of fur." -Mary Mitchell

From left to right: Natural Ranch Mink Coat, Natural Red Fox Jacket, and Natural American Lynx Pant Coat. 

"Grey Flannel" Mink Coat


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