Pippa McManus Illustration

Creative Field(s):
Fashion/Textiles, Visual Arts

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Pippa McManus is a fashion illustrator based in Perth, Western Australia. McManus creates both commercial illustrations, using coloured pencils and fine art works using a mix of Acrylic, charcoal, paint pens and canvas. Clients have included Linneys, Claremont Quarter, Perth Fashion Festival, MBFW, Scout, Manning Cartel and Perth Fashion Festival.
After buying her first Paris Vogue at the age of fourteen, Pippa McManus dedicated all of her time to learning everything she could about the fashion industry. McManus began studying Fine Arts at the Western Australian School of Art and Design in 2000, then crossed over to the schoolâs three year Fashion and Textile Design course. While there, she was given the opportunity to participate in various design competitions around Australia, such as the WA Smales Fashion Design Awards, a part of the annual Perth Fashion Festival.

Wanting to expand her skills McManus applied for a mentorship with renowned Perth graffiti artist Stormie Mills. The Town of Vincent asked five young artists to help Mills painter a 60m x 4m high wall adjacent to Smiths Lake in North Perth. After the yearlong process, an exhibition of the artistsâ work was held at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. During this time McManus launched a label focusing on hand-stitched self-illustrated bags, sold exclusively through high-end King Street Luxxe on King Street in Perth for two years.

More recently McManus has collaborated with Perth costume designer Leon Krasenstein under the name Leon vs Pippa. Together they have held three sell-out shows and in 2007 they were invited to be part of a group show in Los Angeles at Scion Gallery. Leon vs Pippa were also commissioned to create 12 pieces for Northbridgeâs Geisha Bar and two large-scale artworks for The Brisbane Hotel in Highgate. They held their first Sydney show in November 2009 at up and coming Fashion and female centric pop art gallery Friends of Leon in Surry Hills. The duoâs most recent collaboration was Geoff Haywardâs new Floreat hotel project, The Boulevard.

In 2008 McManus traveled to New York with Perth fashion designer Aurelio Costarella and his team for New York Fashion Week. As resident illustrator for the company she designed and illustrated the invites for the show, which were published along with some of her sketches in Womenâs Wear Daily. McManus spent 2009 creating large-scale illustrations based on the fittings and backstage moments from the show, which was then exhibited at the end of 2009.

In 2009 McManus was also commissioned to illustrate a campaign for WA pearl label Linneys, creating six watercolour illustrations of WA model Tammy Stone wearing Linneys jewellery. In January 2010 McManus created three murals for Subiaco fashion store Zara Bryson, painted live in front of a crowd of around 80 VIPs and a further fashion retailer mural at Frankii in the perth CBD.

After a trip to France to be part of Paris Fashion Week six months ago McManus plans to use compiled images captured at the shows to create a series of works based on celebrities of the fashion world. A further trip to Sydney saw her creating 4 life-sized illustrations for upmarket shopping destination Chatswood Chase that she painted live in front of shoppers and Sydney media alike. Another exhibition is also planed to coincide with Perth Fashion Week in September. The fashion illustrator plans to collaborate with local artist, Anya Brock on 12 works based around famous Perth models.

This month McManus working alongside the newly refurbished Claremont Quarter, creating four illustrations for the new center to promote their Fashion Fortnight Spring Summer â11 campaign. Having just completed a 3 M x 2 M mural in Olympian Eamon Sullivans new café Louis Baxters situated in Subiaco she is due to Start another one for Perth Fashion Festival to coincide with a weekend of on-location fashion parades at the GPO in the heart of the city.

In October of 2011 Pippaâs blog Workable Fixative was named in the Top Ten Fashion Illustration Blogs by respected fashion news website Fashionista.com and in the same week she was nominated as a finalist in the âCreativeâ category of the WA Fashion awards.
Last weekend Pippa held her first solo show of original paintings, which sold out in 24hrs. The exhibition, held at One40William,was entitled A is for Arizona and was a showcase of her favorite models A through to Z.