Emma Cowlam is a multi-award winning design graduate of Chelsea School of Art in London and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
After gaining a wealth of experience working in the fashion industry both sides of the Atlantic, she took all she had learnt and combined it with her lifelong passion for drawing. She founded her own studio and launched her first collection of fashion illustrations to global critical acclaim, both in the world of fine art and the famous fashion glossies.
Emma takes inspiration for her refined and beautiful illustrations from the everyday images observed throughout her fashionable daily life and transforms what she witnesses into lasting snapshots. Her work is sophisticated, stylish, elegant and aspirational. She is endlessly influenced by traditional fashion illustrations yet draws with a contemporary, realistic twist.
Her portfolio combines two signature styles which appeal to both fine art and commercial clients. One involves a highly unique and intricate hand stitched illustration technique which elevates a traditional craft to posses a luxury status. Captivating hand stitched collections have been sell out successes at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Liberty of London and Somerset House, to name a few. The second illustration style showcases Emma’s highly skilled talent for pen and ink drawing.
Each of Emma’s illustrations is a one-of-a-kind original to be admired and treasured. Emma’s work is a visual representation of her everyday stylish life. Sartorial style stories stitched and inked.
Welcome to her world.
Clients include: Elle, Elle Decoration, Living ETC, Glamour, Victoria & Albert Museum, Liberty of London, Somerset House, Radley, Mary Portas for House of Fraser, The Trafalgar Hotel, Modern ArtBuyer for Bath in Fashion, Elite for Champneys, Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
Emma is the co-founder of Just Add Style a professional London design studio and luxury womenswear label with a capsule collection of beautifully illustrated silk squares.
Emma is represented globally by Renee Rhyner & Co in New York.