Real Life Objects Used as Playful Ingredients for Fabulous Fashion Illustrations

Though spaghetti makes for a tasty ingredient in the kitchen, it seems like it’d have an unlikely place in the fashion world. Illustrator Edgar Artis thinks differently. Kiwis, chocolate, bell peppers—these are all unconventional choices for evening gowns, yet the artist manages to transform them and other real-life objects into fabulous fashion illustrations. Using a combination of colored pencil drawings as well as fruits, matches, seashells, and flowers, he fuses the 2D with the 3D for a whimsical effect.

The women that Artis depicts wear glamorous, high-fashion ensembles, and their style of dress often dictates the type of objects he’ll use. A flowing gown is adorned with long feathers or petals that mimic how fabric would hang. For shorter, voluminous dresses, Artis arranges opts to use M&M candies to show off their playful poof. Regardless of what he chooses, his massively popular Instagram feed showcases the fun to be had when clothing is combined with food, feathers, flowers, and more.

Edgar Artis: Instagram | Facebook

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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