The Parisian-born multi-talent Anastasia Ruiz is currently attending ESMOD in France where she is set to graduate with a BA in fashion design. The accomplished student dabbles, not only in design, but is also an emerging fashion illustrator, graphic designer and photographer. After being awarded the winning designer of the Christmas dress competition for the famous French house, Galleries Lafayette, she has gone on to assist stylist Liz Black while her most recent illustration work is a stunning editorial in DASH Magazine’s S/S15 issue available for purchase here.
Anastasia, what inspires your particular style?
I like to play with the subject, to put it in a situation, and to tell a story with clothes or accessories. I like a hyper-realistic style and so I mix different techniques with colour. In the collection of illustrations I did for DASH Magazine, there’s a focus on the clothes and accessories; it is like they are just thrown on the floor; a point of view that we don’t see usually. It is like the spectator is coming inside. It is a realistic style, with different ink, painting and drawing techniques.
What are your long-term plans?
I’m studying fashion design at ESMOD in France, so after my BA I would like to do an MA in another country, to get experience in different areas of design and the world. I would like to eventually become an art director.
What encouraged you to pursue fashion / art?
Since I was little I have always loved drawing and art. I liked that I could create different things. Right now I am very happy to be in fashion design because it allows me to experiment with creativity. There’s always a new story to tell and no limit to imagination – I find that very exciting!