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.
Naava Lederman - NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
“Nicole's unique talent is matched by her professionalism and genuine interest in a client's objectives. The movement, texture
and colour of Nicole's work is astounding and engaging.
Jemma - HEAD OF DESIGN, ALANNAH HILL
“Nicole's free hand illustration is second to none and leaves me completely breathless every time a completed print is sent through. Nothing is too much trouble. From initial briefing, through to concept and finished artwork. Whatever I have needed, Nicole has delivered a quality product that has been above and beyond my expectations every time. A genuine, absolute talent and pleasure to work with."
Ashleigh Shirley-Spencer - DIRECTOR,
"Nicole brings a dynamism and energy to our events that our clients and guests alike adore. She is always one of the most popular elements at any event we put together and her work is truly stunning. We are so glad we found Nicole and get to work with her so often!"
Bree Heather - FOUNDER, SWOODI
“Nicole has been my 'go-to' girl. Her technical skills, knowledge and insight to the industry are incomparable and I have struggled to find anyone else that can offer her fashion services to such a high standard as she does."
Pauline Michael - FOUNDER, HOLISM RETREAT
“Nicole is so incredibly talented. She transforms a concept into something way beyond what I could have imagined. Thank you for always elevating my brand and working so holistically with genuine love on each part of the project. I am so blown away and grateful."
Antoinetta Acquaro - by d'ASPORTO GROUP
“It is an absolute pleasure working with Nicole. Her ideas are inspirational, her attitude professional and her execution, simply perfection!"
WALKER BOOKS AUSTRALIA
“Nicole always brings a vibrancy and flexibility to projects."
Catherine Mayo - AUTHOR
"Nicole is a dream illustrator - creative, flexible, imaginative, generous, practical and really easy to communicate and work with."