Here at Décor By Guillaume Gentet, we’ve had the privilege of working with NYC-based fashion illustrator Chesley Mclaren this year.
Chesley Mclaren is known as the “French Illustrator of New York”, and began her career in the fashion industry, following a degree in Fine Arts at the Boston Museum School and a traveling fellowship in Paris.
Her first collection was sold at the Henri Bendel store on 57th street in NYC, and she also worked on 7th ave (also known as “Fashion Avenue”), working for such acclaimed designers as Eli Tahari, Christian Dior, Jones NY, and Geoffrey Beene.
Garnering even more attention for her delightful fashion illustrations that accompanied her couture clothing collections, Chesley picked up several prestigious commissions here in NYC!
Chesley’s style can be found throughout NYC and the fashion world- she has worked in several of NYC’s famous department and designer stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s, Marshall Field’s (in Chicago), and many national print ads.
You’ll see Chesley’s work in print, too! She authored and illustrated two books: Zat Cat! A Haute Couture Tail
And When Royals Wore Ruffles
She has also drawn the illustrations for other books in the Amelia Bedelia series, the Princess Diaries series, a biography of Coco Chanel, and more. She has been published in Town & Country, The New York Times, Tatler, Vogue, Vogue España, Harper’s, InStyle, Elle and Elle Decor, Paris, and the New York Observer.
After working at the Louis Vuitton store as an In-house “L’Artiste”, Chesley’s popular designs for a smock coat led to the creation of a collection of fabulous and chic Coats.
Recently, we’ve been working with Chesley to design a fabulous portrait of Marie Antoinette and a Mural of Place Vendôme for our Media Room in the Holiday House. We are so excited to open our doors to the public- and Chesley’s designs are parfait for modern-day royalty!
We’ve also collected some of Chesley’s artwork for our clients- they become beloved centerpieces for oh-so-chic rooms!
Here’s her story, as told by the New York Times- we know you’ll be charmed by her delightful prints, too!
Chesley’s Website and blog: