Nicole Onslow is foremost an illustrator and artist within the fashion and lifestyle spheres.
She's also a successful textile, graphic and interior designer, and loves the diversity of her work.
Clients trust her vision, and her adaptability.
Nicole's especially grateful for two traits, that together have culminated in a successful multi-disciplinary career spanning more than 25 years. She's inherently artistic. She can draw really well. And she sees colour, layout and proportion naturally, giving her the ability to design in harmony.
She employs the traditional fine art practices of painting and drawing in her work, exuding elegance and femininity in watercolour & ink and more gestural work with gouache and acrylic. Her digital work produces a bolder, more confident style and it’s this adaptability that has seen her develop a portfolio as varied as her clients.
Her work has graced the pages of local and international fashion magazines, on the covers of best-selling novels such as Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada and within high-end residential and retail spaces in Melbourne.
Nicole's background in fashion design, and her illustration career collided some years ago, seeing her regularly collaborate with clothing labels, creating beautiful bespoke prints for their collections. In turn, this has broadened her portfolio to wallpapers and other soft furnishings, paving the way for designing her first full interior retail space in 2019, project managing the full fit out, right through to opening night.
Her commercial client list includes Gucci, NGV, Montblanc, Virgin Music, White Room Paris, Tatler, Marie Claire, David Jones, Melbourne Fashion Week, Alannah Hill, Review, Just Jeans, The Kirketon Hotel and The Australian Magazine, Holism Retreat at Hotel Chadstone, among many others.
On behalf of The National Gallery of Victoria, Nicole has run fashion illustration workshops, sharing her knowledge, learned techniques and love of the industry to aspiring newcomers. And she is regularly engaged for live fashion illustration to capture special guests at exclusive events of some of the most covetable luxury brands.
Nicole currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, is available for private commissions, and would absolutely welcome a conversation about how she might collaborate with you.
Air Canada / Affirm Press / AJF Partnership / Alannah Hill / Australian Magazine/ Australis / Badjar Ogilvy / Blue Illusion / Cleo / Comme Si / Condé Nast / Coral & Co / Cosmopolitan UK / Creative Brands / D'Asporto Group / Delicious Magazine / Diana Ferrari / David Jones / Delicious Magazine / Fleuve Noir / FWRD the Label / Girlfriend Magazine / Gucci / GurnerTM / Hachette Livre / Harcourts / Harper Collins / Harpers Bazaar / Hodder Headline Australia / Holism Retreat Hotel Chadstone / Hearst Magazines / HWT / IPC Media / JAG / Just Jeans / JWT /
Le Book / Le Meridien Hotel Phuket / Marie Claire UK / Marie France / Melbourne Fashion Week / Meredith / Moda Events / Montblanc / NGV / Oxford Men / Pablo & Kat / Papermill Media / Pentacor / Review / Riser / RMIT / Sceptre / Saatchi & Saatchi / Solito Clothing / Swoodi / Sunday Magazine / T-A Square / Tatler / The Kirketon Hotel / Travis Walton Architecture / TWE / Virgin Music / Walker Books / White Room Paris
2015 / IA Awards, High Commendation.
Category: Books - Series.
Product: A series of 4 book cover artworks written by Lauren Weisberger, including The Devil Wears Prada.
Publisher: Pocket for Univers Poche, France.
Art director: Marion Tigreat, Univers Poche, France.
2015 / IA Awards, High Commendation.
Category: Design & Packaging.
Product: Wallpaper and tiling illustration
Client: Alannah Hill Emporium Store for
Factory X, in conjunction with Travis Walton Architecture.
2013 / IA Awards, High Commendation.
Product: Packaging design illustration.