Small town girl meets big city fashion industry. Wilmington-based artist and designer, Dallas Shaw has taken her love for art from the age of 4, together with her natural artistic talent and started a career creating custom illustrations for some of the top names in the fashion world. Her work is beautiful; portraying elegant, watercolor sketches of stylish women for fashion icons such as DKNY, Chanel, Jack Rogers, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren.
On top of being a well-known illustrator and style expert in the fashion industry, she also shares personal style finds with many publications and style blogs. Dallas’ gorgeous drawings and style picks have been featured in numerous magazines such as Lucky, Philadephia Style Mag, Brides, Real Living, Gotham, Delaware Today, WWD, ROCO Magazine, Signature Brandywine and Philadelphia Magazine and online style blogs such as Elle Decor, Design Sponge, Matchbook Mag and Oh Joy – to name a few.
[Bree recently had the opportunity to talk with Dallas, and her Q&A originally appeared on dilwyndesigns.com/blog.]
Where did you grow up?
In Scranton, PA
What did you study in college?
Illustration Major at Marywood University
When did you discover your love of drawing and fashion?
Very, very young. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing. I used to make my mom fashion magazines with crayons and paper.
What were some of your “foot in the door” jobs in the fashion illustration world?
I worked with Disney before turning to the fashion industry and learned a lot there, about artists and jobs in general. DKNY was one of the first large fashion houses to support my talents, so that is where most people recognize my name from. But even before then, I was freelancing for a few fashion magazines: real living, and rue mag.
Do you spend a lot of time traveling for your work? I’m assuming NYC and LA are places you frequent often. Are there other cities where you find creative inspiration?
NY, CA and London are where many of my clients are based, so I do travel there often. Now that the blog is followed in so many places, I now get to see some smaller towns! I’m doing a fun project in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this year. I recently visited New Hampshire. I find creative inspiration in many beach and harbor towns.
What are some of your favorite fashion and accessory lines these days?
Too too many to count. Love Marias shoes, tom binns necklaces. I have new favorites every day, which is why I have a blog. Just have to share it all!
Can you tell us about some of your current projects?
Because I work on so many larger projects, I can’t share those until the are released. I am the artist behind Jack Rogers, DKNY, and bionda castana. I also do work for Kate Spade, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, DSW, Nine West. Locally, I do a spread in Signature Brandywine Magazine and the Peter Kate website.
Are there other areas you would like to expand your business?
It has spread pretty far this year. Began as an illustration business and now involves online style consulting and style picks in publications. I have a few things up my sleeve for next year and am anxious to see how far it can go.
If you could pick a dream job (besides what you are already doing) what would it be?
I truly cannot imagine doing anything else. I would have to do something creative…interior design, maybe?
Your website, DallasShaw.com, focuses on your illustration business while your blog, DillyDallas, focuses mostly on fashion. Blogs to me, feel like running journals of things that you love and inspire you. Have you found that your blog drifts into other areas other than fashion?
The blog focuses on my personal taste, and I post whatever I love (home, fashion, baby, beauty…). I find that not just a single one of those things inspires me, but style in general inspires me, so yes the blog is a journal of what was inspiring me on that day.
I’m so impressed by all the areas you are tapping into creatively for you business. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the options out there? In the interior design world, there are so many great choices and sometimes my head spins with all the unique directions I could go in. It is all a pleasure to discover these amazing products and businesses, but sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time to connect with it all.
Thanks! Yes, the job is completely overwhelming and there are so many directions I can go with both the artwork and the blog, but I feel that if I stay true to things I love and my personal style then everything I take on will make sense overall. For every project and every post, I try to make sure it truly reflects “me”. Now, if there was only more time in the day…