by Andrew Sia
Dutch-born artist Margot van Huijkelom spent her childhood painting as much as
she could. At the age of 18, she was admitted to the prestigious academy of Arts “ArtEZ” in Arnhem where she studied fashion design and fashion-illustration. In 1989, Margot graduated with a master’s degree.
Having studied alongside other fashion greats (like Viktor&Rolf), Margot left Holland for France to discover the world of Parisian elegance. Combining her skills in design and illustration, she did freelance work in order to have more flexibility.
Soon she was connected with a Japanese company and was the only non-Japanese person on the team. For 15 years, Margot worked together with a Japanese photographer to create the images for this brand. Her work process consisted of meetings in Japan, then taking her ideas to the rest of the world for casting, photo shoots, and building sets. She would go from a castle in France to a glacier in Iceland to a coffee plantation in Hawaii.
She then made the move to Vogue Japan, where she illustrated for their monthly beauty issue for four years. She still does some work for them, but on a more occasional basis.
Margot’s work remains very diverse and one project leads to the next. For instance, the 2013 key visual for the campaign for the Escada perfume “Cherry in the Air,” along with many other projects…
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