David Downton

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David Downton
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Great Britain
Nationality British
Education Canterbury; Wolverhampton
Known for Fashion illustration

David Downton (1959) is a fashion illustrator. He worked for Vogue.


David Downton was born in 1959 in Kent, England. He studied at Canterbury (Foundation year 1977-1978) and Wolverhampton (BA hons illustration/graphics 1979-1981).

In 1984 he moved to Brighton and began his illustration career. He worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from advertising and packaging to illustrating fiction, cook books and, occasionally, fashion. His drawings from fashion shows have been published internationally. In 1998, he started working on a series of portraits of some of the world's most beautiful women.

In 2007, David launched Pourquoi Pas?, a journal of Fashion Illustration. He is a visiting Professor at London College of Fashion.[citation needed]

In April 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.[1]

He is the artist in residence at London's Claridge's hotel, where he stays 52 nights a year in exchange for drawings according to BBC2's 2012 program - Inside Claridge's.[2][3][4]



  • Pourquoi Pas? magazine
  • Masters of Fashion Illustration, 2010

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