Part of the D C-T! series of drawings about New York, this original illustration depicts an icon of individual style standing out in a monochrome crowd of Manhattan fashionistas. Joana Avillez is drawn to idiosyncratic characters and the use of fashion as a means of personal expression, as explored in her book Life Dressing. Her aim “to be a cartoonist who comments and reflects upon the fashions of the times” is evident in much of her work.
Joana Avillez, b. 1986, New York, received a BFA in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in illustration at School of Visual Arts. She co-authored D C-T! (Penguin Press 2018) with Molly Young and illustrated Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Random House 2014). Her illustrations can be found in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Paper Magazine, and more.
Ink and watercolor
9.75 × 7.5 inches framed