This month, we have Korean-born Teri Chung, a very talented fashion illustration artist, who is currently based in New York City a.k.a. the Big Apple, in the house!

No stranger to the fashion scene, her illustrations which we simply cannot resist, are beautifully hand painted in watercolour in one of the best line works we have seen so far, and are well-love by many for her feminine and fashionable approach, that looks sartorial by every inch!

Freja in Lanvin by Teri Chung


That’s right, inspired by what she sees on the runway, the women in Teri’s drawings are often dressed in some of the most exciting designer looks or simply, adorned with accessories as well as makeup looks that she herself would love to wear.

More notably, she was recently commissioned by the editors from Harper’s Bazaar US to illustrate a set of five illustrations that feature the best looks from New York Fashion Week F/W 2012, which is clearly remarkable!

And without further ado, here is our exclusive interview where we speak to the lovely Teri Chung herself on her inspirations and dreams:


Hi Teri, you’ve graduated from Parsons School of Design, what made you choose to do fashion illustrations?

I studied Illustration, not fashion. I wasn’t interested in fashion while in school, and wanted to be a children’s book illustrator.

However my first job out of college was at a fashion company, and since then I’ve been working in the fashion industry.

Although I didn’t become a full time illustrator, I really enjoy drawing, and try to draw as much as possible. So since my life involves around fashion, I ended up doing fashion illustration.

Fall looks by Teri Chung


What’s the reason for choosing watercolor as your medium?

For me, watercolor is the most expressive and also most familiar color medium to use, because I’ve been using it since I was a kid.


Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana FW 2012 by Teri Chung


What is your favorite runway style and who is your favorite designer?

My favorite runway style differs from season to season, but my favorite designer is Dries Van Noten. I love his design, choice of color, print & fabrication. Beautiful and romantic, yet practical enough to wear everyday.


Apart from the runways, how has living in New York inspires you in your illustrations?

I face well- dressed or/and well- styled people everyday, everywhere in NYC. On top of that, there are so many good shops in the city with beautiful products. So it’s almost impossible not to get inspired.

Marchesa and Proenza Schouler by Teri Chung for Harper's Bazaar US (NYFW FALL/WINTER 2012)


Who is your muse?

I don’t think I have one. It’s the clothing that inspires me rather than a person.


(Top) Michael Kors, Altuzzara and (Bottom) The Row by Teri Chung for Harper's Bazaar US


You were picked by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine to illustrate a series of illustrations for their issue on New York Fashion Week in Fall last year. What was the experience like and how do you feel about it? 

It’s always an honor to work with such a distinguished client. I really enjoyed working on the illustration, and it was almost surreal to see my own work featured on their website.


 Apart from illustrating, what are your favorite hobbies?

I love doing crafts, such as knitting, sewing, making friendship bracelets, and doing embroideries on my jackets, shirts, and pants.


Can’t wait to see more illustrations from Teri Chung! Check out TeriChung.com for her works!

Certainly an artist to look out for!

Do also check out our spanking new side banner, drawn specially for us by Teri Chung herself.

Posted by:Jessica Ye

Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Couture Troopers, former editor of Designaré Magazine, and a first class honours graduate of Goldsmiths University of London's BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries Degree. She is a true-blooded leo who thinks that over-commercialism kills art.

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