Colouring book for adults is in fashion

A COLOURING book for adults which lets you design the ultimate wardrobe, experiment with make-up and picture that dream bag also doubles up as stress-buster – and is a lot cheaper than retail therapy.


ILLUSTRATOR: Frances Moffatt who designed The Fashion Exercise Book

The Fashion Exercise Book by illustrator Frances Moffatt, is full of ideas from creating coveted clothes to adding bling to celebrity pets and labelling perfume bottles.

She has also included pages for beauty lovers to put down on paper their take on the latest nail art and start their own fashion blog.

“This book provides a jumping point for anyone, whatever their drawing ability so it’s is not as intimidating as a blank sketch pad,” said Frances from Guisborough.

“I provide the template but people can come up with a more personal end result. There has been a massive explosion in the colouring book for adults market over the past couple of years which has created a new section in publishing.

“Drawing and colouring has been proved to be very therapeutic, it’s a really good way to unwind, it’s very meditative.”

The 192-page book published by Batsford is available online for under £9.99 as well as being stocked in the V&A and the Tate in London. It can also be bought in America and is being printed in France.

After a completing a degree in Fashion Marketing from Northumbria University Frances landed a job as a handbag designer with the brand Luella.


COLOUR: Channelling Kylie Jenner and YouTube’s Sprinkle of Glitter with the Fashion Exercise Book

After a year she decided to move back home to the North-East and return to education, achieving an MA in Future Design at Teesside University. After producing an illustration portfolio one of her pieces was selected for the Association of Illustrators IMAGES 35 annual in the ‘New Talent’ category.

CREATIVE: The Fashion Exercise Book features partially drawn sketches which allow doodlers and fashionistas to dream up their own outfits

CREATIVE: The Fashion Exercise Book features partially drawn sketches which allow doodlers and fashionistas to dream up their own outfits.

From there she set up a website and began to sending work out to publishers, magazines and newspapers as well as lecturing at Sunderland University and Cleveland College of Art & Design.

“My favourite things to draw out of my colouring book for adults are the biker jacket, the marvellous millinery page, the shoes and the dapper dogs.

“I love it when people show off their designs on Instagram using the hashtag #fashionexercisebook.

People from as far away as Korea have shared their pictures which is quite mad when you think about it, added Frances, 33.

“People are wanting to get back to something traditional that’s not screen based so they can very much switch-off and get back to doing something they enjoyed as a child.”



Twitter: @FrancesMoffatt
Instagram: francesmoffattillustrator



This Saturday, September 12, Frances is hosting a one-day fashion illustration workshop from 9.30am to 5pm at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, to conicide with Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life.
She will teach how to produce your own mini portfolio fashion illustrations as well as provide advice on how to win commissions.
The event, for adults, costs £38/ £40 which includes morning refreshments, admission to exhibition and all materials. For details call 01833-690606.



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