Meet Garance Wilkens
I met the talented Garance at the annual cocktail organised by the Maison Dior in Brussels and immediately fell in love with her illustrations. Garance is fashion designer and illustrator and is often working for the fashion Industry and Haute-Couture Maisons to illustrate their campaigns or to portray their clients during receptions and happenings. Garance personifies the creative world existing in the Fashion Industry and I found it very interesting to obtain her career perspective. Here it goes…
How did you start your career?
I started as an illustrator in 2012, by a lucky coincidence just when I was considering switching from fashion design to illustration (NDLR Garance graduated and worked as a fashion designer at the beginning). A friend working at Dior was looking for someone to work on illustrations for the Dior-Printemps Christmas windows, among others. I did a trial and it worked out. Dior has been my main client since.
What is/are your current project/s?
Last month, I was in Brussels for a live portrait performance at the Brussels Dior Boutique, where I met and drew lovely Noëlia. And since, I have mainly been working on cosmic style portraits for a zodiac line-up of iconic models for the Swedish Elle. Look-out for marvelous Kate Moss as our Capricorn icon in the latest Elle Sweden! It was fun working on style icons’ star sign depending on their birthdays and personalities. I will soon be taking guesses on my Instagram about who the Aquarius icon will be…
Can you tell us more about your work as a fashion designer?
After graduating Artez Arnhem, NL as a fashion designer, I started working for the Parisian brand for which I had done a work placement in the 3rd year of studies. Then, I had the chance to work for 4 years with John Galliano when he was creative director at Dior. Then I moved to New-York to discover the American market and worked for diverse high-end brands such as Zac Posen, Rachel Roy, Rebecca Taylor, Catherine Malendrino, L.a.m.b. and Malia Mills. I lived in NY for 8 years. These experiences lead me to illustration.
Where do you find inspiration to create?
Usually, inspiration comes when the light falls; by choosing what to show and what to hide, what to underline and what to leave in the haze. The choice of my focus point is crucial. For portraits, I usually start with the eyes as a door to the mind of the subject. Besides my work for luxury and cosmetics brands, some global social political issues really move me. I hope to be able to integrate my view point on some of theses matters in my work in the coming years.
Give 3 recommendations to new beginners.
1- Enjoy what you do.
3- Follow your dreams with your head in the stars and your feet on the ground. Find stability and grounding in the power of uplifting thoughts.
One last quote.
A quote… One I love is:
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.