Hiroshi Tanabe

Hiroshi Tanabe is one of the most important fashion illustrators working today. He has a unique aesthetic that maintains a directional modernity that derives from traditional Japanese wood cuts.

Hiroshi Tanabe graduated from Tama Art College, Tokyo with a degree in Graphic Design. In 1990 he furthered his education at Milan’s Accademia Belle Arti di Brera to study fine art and sculpture. Tanabe now divides his time between Japan and New York.

Tanabe’s editorial clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times magazine, British Vogue, Vogue Paris, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, GQ, Arena, Vibe, and Visionare. His corporate clients include Anna Sui, Issey Miyake, Escada, Le Sport Sac, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nokia, Elektra Records, Sony Music, HBO, J. Walter Thompson, Toyota, Hermann Miller, Guerlain, Shiseido, RMY and Estee Lauder.

In 1997 Pucci International commissioned Tanabe to design a collection of mannequins and wall graphics. With designer, Hideki Nakajima, Tanabe has created two books. blue mode published by Korinsha Press (1998) and #2 published by Graphic-sha (2003). blue mode won a Gold Award from the Art Directors Club in New York.
 In 1994 he earned world acclaim by winning the Vogue/Sotheby’s Beaton Award for fashion illustration.

Tanabe’s work is held in both public and private collections and has been exhibited internationally.

Hiroshi Tanabe - Philip Treacy for Valentino (Mauve)

UNIQUE WORK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Philip Treacy for Valentino (Mauve)

2012

Hiroshi Tanabe - Rebecca Olsson’s Cyber-Surf Couture

UNIQUE WORK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Rebecca Olsson’s Cyber-Surf Couture

2000

Hiroshi Tanabe - Marc Jacobs F/W 1995

UNIQUE WORK

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs F/W 1995

1995

Hiroshi Tanabe - Hermes Spring/Summer '98

PRINT

Hiroshi Tanabe

Hermes Spring/Summer '98

2010

Hiroshi Tanabe - Candy

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Hiroshi Tanabe

Candy

2010

Hiroshi Tanabe - Pucci Spring / Summer ‘02

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Hiroshi Tanabe

Pucci Spring / Summer ‘02

2010

Hiroshi Tanabe - Irene Cocktail Suit (circa 1950 USA)

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Hiroshi Tanabe

Irene Cocktail Suit (circa 1950 USA)

2010

Hiroshi Tanabe - Night Gowns, Ralph Lauren, New York Magazine Fall Fashion Issue ’96

UNIQUE WORK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Night Gowns, Ralph Lauren, New York Magazine Fall Fashion Issue ’96

1996

Hiroshi Tanabe - Philip Treacy for Valentino (Gold on Black)

UNIQUE WORK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Philip Treacy for Valentino (Gold on Black)

2012

Hiroshi Tanabe - Untitled, Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen A/W ’06

UNIQUE WORK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Untitled, Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen A/W ’06

2009

Blue Mode, Book - Hiroshi Tanabe

BOOK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Blue Mode

Published by Korinsha Press & Co 1998

Hiroshi Tanabe #2, Book - Hiroshi Tanabe

BOOK

Hiroshi Tanabe

Hiroshi Tanabe #2, Book

Graphic-sha Publishing Co. Ltd. 2003