My illustrations for Fidaworldwide Fashion illustration drawing Awards 2020 SS.

Fida has the first global online awards to promote fashion illustration and drawing around the world, supported and partnered by some of the best brands and people in the fashion industry. Judges working with brands like Miu Miu, Burberry, Dior, Hugo Boss, V&A, Prada, Gucci, Selfridges, RA, RCA, Vogue, Louis Vuitton and many more. Special guest judge, Peter Dundas.

Hosted by Condé Nast UK.

Fashion Faces – Urban Beauty – Moschino Fall 2020 – Meghan

Fashion Faces – Urban Beauty – Moschino Fall 2020 – Meghan

Urban, oversized, jeweled. Subway inspired. “the subway is a beautiful thing, not at least of all because it brings so many of us together”. -Jeremy Scott-

I was blown away by her eyes and her strong appearance while I was painting this Urban Beauty called Meghan.

Fashion Figures -Sensory Motions- Iris van Herpen – Yilan Hua

Iris van Herpen Spring 2020 Couture, “Aqueous Seas” collection.

I absolutely love the way Iris van Herpen creates her designs, her inspirations, her own prints and patterns made by hand, the way her creations move and the enormous time and effort she puts in her designs. I Feld very exited when I illustrated one of her iconic works. I wanted to make sure my illustration showed some movement in it, and luckily I succeeded.

Fashion Objects – Moschino Chiaroscuro Barocco – Versace Spring 2018 Tribute Collection

Donatella Versace pulled directly from archives the key prints and pieces from the years 1991-95, the period that saw some of Gianni Versace’s most iconic collections. It reminded me of my first year at fashion school back in the nineties. When I saw many prints of Versace in the fashion magazines. And loved drawing this beautiful Barocco iconic handbag.

A Big thank you to all the creatives who participated this year, with one 1000 creatives from 20+ countries involved. We will be announcing the shortlist artists in the next few weeks. Love to all. Team Fida

Artwork by: Cecilia Carlstedt Fida judge for this year.

Source: @fidaworldwide

#acidgallery collaboration

Proud to announce my collaboration with Acid Gallery in Lille, France.

You can admire 10 of my original fashion illustrations in their Gallery. They have made a selection of 14 Fashion illustration artists from the 100 largest fashion illustrators in the world and offered them this “Post Lockdown” exhibition, called “Fashion Illustration”. Fashion Illustration in partnership with Fidaworldwide. Thank you Acid Gallery and Team Fida! I feel blessed to be one of the 14 chosen Illustrators.

#sedonalegge Sweet Pastels, Sparkles and Pink

Stunning, gorgeous Stella Tran wearing the Gaia Headpeice designed by Sedona Legge. Featured in Elle Vietnam. I loved making this illustration, these soft colors made me happy while painting.

Model, actress and jewelry designer Sedona Legge after being in numerous Gucci campaigns and walking the runway for brands like Miu Miu and Rodarte. Legge has taken the creating into her own hands. The multifaceted artist released her very own jewelry line, Chained by Sedona in December 2019. Wich came with stunning approval from Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. Source: milk.xyz.com

#vincentvangogh Submission for @royaltalens 10-05-2020

As a small child, I loved seeing the wheat fields on the way to our holiday destination in France. I chose “the wheatfield with cypresses’, painted by Van Gogh in Saint Rémy de Provence. Because I mainly illustrate fashion, my thoughts went to Viktor & Rolf’s Haute Couture. Also because Viktor & Rolf Couture collection is inspired by the raw energy of Vincent van Gogh’s exuberant depiction of the rial countryside. Flowerprint- A line babydoll dress paired with a straw hat put together with a spontaneous touch, and lovely flowers petals sprout outwards and escape the garment. A challenge to apply the painting technique in my illustration, also to use different materials such as ink, watercolor and acrylic paint.


– Vincent van Gogh –

Inpsired by Vincent van Gogh and Viktor&Rolf for @royal talens


@drawadot posted my Van Gogh illustration on instagram. I was trilled to see that another fashion illustration of mine was posted on their page.

My fashion illustration on @drawadot instagram page

#fidaworldwide and #peterdundas submission

Inspired by Peter Dundas, a Norwegian designer. Peter Hyde Dundas (born December 19, 1969) is a fashion designer. After working for Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Roberto Cavalli, Dundas founded his own label, Dundas, with co-founder Evangelo Bousis. 

I was inspired by his D9 collection, where he used a lot of flowers in the silk organza fabrics.

And wanted to make a bright, colorful and sunny illustration. Ruffled Monkey Flower print silk organza blouse, black headband with pearls and lots of flowers and happiness.

Fidaworld wide liked my illustration, because they added my submission on their instagram page. I could not be more surprised. What a week, two times in a row my illustrations are so liked by many people. And again i received a lot of lovely and beautiful comments on my post. Thanks everyone, for liking my illustration, and welcome new followers!

I was lucky to be chosen among the 30 semi finalists out of 700 plus submissions and ended up as one of the 12 finalists. I did not make it to the last 3, but hey i felt already a winner for making it that far. Special thanks to Fidaworldwide and Peter Dundas, for making me feel very very happy.

Fidaworldwide and Peter Dundas – submission #dundasillustration
@Fidaworldwide @dundasworld

Fidaworldwide: Looking trough the floral forms @dundasworld @melaniedejong.illustrator

#drawadottogether Giambattista Valli – Gigi Hadid

My Illustration for @drawadot to spread some hope, joy and love with art. Gigi Hadid wears a White, fluffy feathered mask from GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE SPRING 2020.

Drawadot posted my illustration on their instagram page, i was absolutely speechless. What a great feeling it is to see your own work there. And what it does when you make something with your heart and soul. I feel very happy when i can draw or paint. And apparently i also make others happy with my work. Overwhelming are all the sweet, beautiful and many comments on my instagram post. Thanks everyone for all the love!

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2020 – Gigi Hadid #drawadottogether
My illustration on @drawadot #drawadottogether

Drawadot: @giambattistavalliparis S/S 2020 Haute couture illustration by @melaniedejong.illustrator. @gigihadid looks like an Angel here and i can feel hope trough this piece! Beautiful! – @misterkan #drawadottogether

#condenastrussia submission

Inspired by the Vogue covers from the past, in a time that there were handpainted illustrations on the cover of magazines. The cranes symbolizes health, long life, faithfulness and happiness. She looks up to the sky, i wanted to give it something hopeful and religious.

Condé Nast- submission

There were a lot of beautiful covers send in, and i did not win. But it doesn’t matter, i’ve had a lot of fun drawing this. And if i could make someone happy with my illustration, it would mean a lot.

#marcjacobs drawn together With Chloe Wise

On april 7 i sketched live with Chloe Wise on Instagram. Chloe Wise is a New York based artist. Marc Jacobs introduced #drawntogether since the first of April 2020, to let other artists show their techniques on instagram live so you can join in and sketch while an artist is teaching how to do it. You can participate every tuesday and every tuesday it’s another artist. Even though i am no longer a beginner, it’s really fun to do. It feels good to be artistically active with others and be digitally connected. I finished my sketch the next morning, it was a little late for me (6 hours time difference)

Drawntogether Marc Jacobs – Chloe Wise

I really love the Victorian Snakeskin-Embossed leather ankle boot from Marc Jacobs. Thanks to Chloe Wise for your energetic and cheerful way of explaining.

#vogue Cover – Inspired by Helen Dryden & Marc Jacobs

There is a whole story behind this illustration. I never draw just anything. I always get inspired by something or someone. My love for illustrating started when i was very little. The old fashion magazines were full of beautiful hand made painted illustrations. They were so magical.

I got inspired by a cover of Vogue magazine dated June 1, 1919 illustrated by Helen Dryden. When i saw the clothes, i immediately thought of MARC JACOBS Spring collection 2020. The colorful hat and that gorgeous yellow dress. I saw a cover of the new Vogue Spain magazine, March 2020 with the lovely Hailey Bieber and decided to draw her. She has that classic Hollywood face that definitely fits this illustration.

HELEN DRYDEN 1882 – 1972

Was an American artist and successful industrial designer in the 1920s and 1930s. During her early childhood Dryden showed unusual artistic ability, designing and selling clothes for paper dolls and dresses to a newspaper for use in its fashion section. This turn led to a position as an illustrator for Anne Rittenhouse’s fashion articles in the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Press. She worked for Vogue from 1909 – 1922. Her “essentially” romantic style produced some of the most appealing, yet fantastical images on Vogue covers. She also illustrated other Condé Nast titles, including Vanity fair and House and Garden. She was reportedly described by the New York Times as being the highest paid woman artist in the United States, trough she lived in comparative poverty in later days.

Condé Nast Vogue cover – Hailey Bieber.
Inspired by Helen Dryden & Marc Jacobs

#marcjacobs portrait ‘Red Nails’

Marc Jacobs is an American Fashion Designer . He is the head designer of his own label, Marc Jacobs. And is successful for many years, started from an early age working as a stockboy at Charivari, a now-defunct avant – garde clothing boutique in New York. In 1986 Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label. In 1987 he was the youngest designer to have ever been awarded the fashion industry’s highest tribute, the council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for “New Fashion Talent”.

I see him as an artist, someone who constantly reinvent himself. Love his artistic an creative mind and most of all, i like it that he is totally himself. The way he expresses himself on this picture is absolutely beautiful. The hands like he is doing a scene from Bob Fosse’s movie “All that Jazz”. I absolutely adore his red nails with some glitter on it.

“It would be a much more beautiful world if people did as they pleased, and not what they thought other people expected of them”. – Marc Jacobs –

It was a challenge to paint someone that famous, and i amazed myself. Hope you will like it too.

Marc Jacobs – Portrait ‘Red Nails’