Artist Finds Inspiration in Vintage Fashions

Fashion sketch artist Ward Nipper is finding inspiration in the clothing and accessories offered at vintage markets. This weekend he’s heading to Modern Vintage Chicago where he’ll put poses by a friend and model on paper.

“Drawing is an important creative outlet for me,” Nipper says. “When I was a kid I used to think it was my destiny because my first name spelled backwards is d-r-a-w.”

Nipper will be set up at the booth of Lulu’s at the Belle Kay, is his favorite place in Chicago to look for inspiration in good vintage women’s wear. He’ll be sketching his friend Bahar Partow, a photographer who has agreed to model vintage for the morning.

“When I’m working with a live model the collaboration and energy are inspiring,” Nipper says. “It’s like a fashion photo shoot, but without the mechanics of photography.”

In the coming months, Nipper’s recent focus on vintage fashion will be expanded to include Chicago’s dance community. In May, an original drawing will be auctioned at a benefit event for River North Dance Company and plans are underway for Nipper’s sketches of dancers to be exhibited at an event at The Joffrey Ballet.

We were impressed and so posted a few images here to share.

Ward Nipper will be sketching from opening until approximately 1 p.m. April 18th. More information about Ward Nipper can be found on the web at More information about the event can be found at

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