How to Draw Vintage Fashion

Celia Joicey, Dennis Nothdruft

A step-by-step fashion drawing book for beginners that focuses on finding inspiration in vintage styles


Based on successful fashion-drawing workshops at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, How to draw vintage fashion encourages people to draw inspiration from fashion looks of the past to create their own unique designs. From the 1920s flappers to 80s punk to Hollywood glamour, the book introduces the basics vintage designs and the techniques for drawing them.

The first section of the book focuses on interviews with designers, models, stylists, and fashion bloggers about iconic photographs and garments that have helped to shape their work. The next section features a hands-on guide to drawing a range of vintage fashion including 1960s and 1970s looks, fashion inspired by musical trends, and the influence of style icons from cinema. There is also a section showcasing items with timeless appeal, including Ray Bans worn by James Dean, the biker jacket worn by Marlon Brando, and the Breton T-shirt made popular by Coco Chanel.

Savvy young fashionistas will recognize the influence of vintage styles on contemporary designs, and will delight in being able to incorporate these styles in their own fashion drawings.


Especially dynamic…This fun survey of 20th century fashion is surprisingly informative, particularly for tweens and teenagers.

— Library Journal

Lays a solid foundation for our future designers to get inspired and get started doing something extraordinary.

— Smart Books for Smart Kids

Joicey and Nothdruft do a pretty good job of giving a brief but accurate timetable for fashion with respect to designers, trends, fabrications, key silhouettes, icons, accessories, and more as well as some firsthand assessments of each era as told by a participant or authority of each era.

— New York Journal of Books


Celia Joicey


Celia Joicey is Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

Dennis Nothdruft


Dennis Nothdruft is Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum, where he leads the museum's series of drawing classes for young people. He lives in London.