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Julie Verhoeven – the perfect canvas

The artist and designer is no shrinking violet

Edward Enninful, the new Editor in Chief of British Vogue, has described his direction for the magazine as a visual essay. This is how I like to think of the journey that Julie Verhoeven and I have taken over the last 10 years.

Julie is a designer, illustrator and artist, and her body of work has included everything from design work with Louis Vuitton and Versace to moving image, creative direction and fashion consultancy. Having begun her career as first design assistant to John Galliano, her multi-disciplinary approach is now moving more towards the art world, though she’s still a sought after commodity in fashion, and has recently collaborated with Marc Jacobs.

Julie’s hair is as whimsical as her illustrations – and it changes often.

We start with several reference images, colour swatches and build from there, straying wildly. We work in silence as the haircut and colour evolve. Often I wish I had properly documented our journey as opposed to taking random iPhone 5 shots, but then I figured if the said apparatus is good enough for [mega-photographer] Nick Knight…

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