Sara Japanwalla is a Dubai based artist and fashion illustrator. Born and educated in Scotland for over 20 years, she attended Leith School of Art where she did a foundation course in textiles, fine arts, sculptures and installations. She has a degree in Fashion Design and Technology, and has completed an intensive summer course on ancient painting techniques from the Michelangelo Institute in Florence, Italy.
Since beginning her career as a fashion illustrator in 2012, Sara Japanwalla has sought a way to merge her two loves, fashion and art. She has since created artful campaigns for luxury brands such as Bloomingdales, Missoni, Harvey Nichols, Ralph Lauren, Harvey Nichols, Missoni, YSL and Maserati. The latter, she explains, was her biggest achievement. “I was selected as one of 100 creatives from around the world by Maserati to contribute to a limited edition coffee table book. I felt honored to be an artist representing Dubai on a global campaign.”
Her unique sketches are well recognized in Dubai. She specializes in customized fashion illustrations that she creates for events, launches, hotels and restaurant openings. Sara provides a unique live sketching experience for private parties as well as runway shows during Fashion Week. She uses her social media to artistically depict stories filled with color, style and whimsy.
Dubai is a city she holds close to her heart. “I love the energy and diversity of this bustling, vibrant city. Fashion in particular is something I enjoy observing in Dubai. I love how women here carry themselves with a sense of boldness. They know what suits them and how to interpret trends to make it work for them. No-one pulls off colour and prints like the women in Dubai. I like to capture that eclectic vibrancy in my illustrations.”