Willa Gebbie's live illustration residency with Sofitel London

Last week, illustrator Willa Gebbie was invited to be illustrator in residence with luxury hotel, Sofitel London.  The residency ran during the launch week of Sofitel's fashion photography exhibition, "La Parisienne" and celebrates French style and elegance.  

During her week-long residency, Willa captured portraits and fashion illustrations of hotel guests, from all around the world.  What a wonderful gift for them.

Here are some pictures taken during the VIP launch event;

Willa's residency is finished now, but her illustration lingers on, as she also helped to create an illustrated style guide.  the guide, written by style blogger, Ella Catliff, and illustrated by Willa, will be available to hotel guests through the duration of the exhibition.  You can read more about Willa's fashion illustrations here.

The "La Parisienne" exhibition celebrates the enduring power of Parisian style, and shows photographs from the archives of the iconic magazine Paris Match.  It includes rare shots of the likes of Coco Chanel, Jane Fonda and Sophia Loren.  It's well worth a visit, if at least to treat yourself to a cocktail.

La Parisienne runs until 17 November 2016 at Sofitel London St James.

 

Edit:

Following London, the exhibition moved onto Sofitel Legend Amsterdam, The Grand. Willa was invited over to Amsterdam to continue her residency during the private viewing in The Grand.  Photographs from Jesaja Hizkia.

La Parisienne runs until 9 March 2017 at Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand.