Swear by your horoscope? Well now you can wear yours on your chest with our brand new star sign tees. Not only do they offer the perfect fit, each comes with an intricate illustration of the twelve signs of the zodiac – our crystal ball tells us you’ll love them! So who’s behind these one of a kind designs? We took some time out to chat with May van Millingen, the talented artist who illustrated them:
What was your starting point for the horoscope designs?
I looked at old tarot cards and researched zodiac imagery from the ’60s and ’70s, as I wanted to give the illustrations a psychedelic feel. I gathered together research, decided which elements to include in the final composition, then started sketching.
Can you sum up your aesthetic in three words?
Colourful. Observational. Diverse.
What’s your star sign?
I’m a cancer. I think I’m a fairly typical cancer – home loving, creative and imaginative.
What skills do you need to be an illustrator?
Passion. Ability. Patience.
I’ve recently been working on an exciting project with Mario Testino. His work is incredibly iconic and influential, it was great to be commissioned for the job and wonderful to meet him.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given.
Work hard and be nice to people.
Do your illustrations inspire the way you dress?
I’m surrounded by a lot of colour on a daily basis through work, so I tend to wear a lot of black and navy. When I’m at my studio I have to also bear in mind that whatever I’m wearing may be covered in paint by the end of the day!
How would you describe your style?
Classic and minimal. My style icons are Jane Birkin, Chloe Sevigny and Sandy from Grease.
What do you think about the relation between fashion and art?
Art is hugely influential and important to the fashion industry. People are drawn to a piece of art, in a similar way they are drawn to a particular designer or piece of clothing. There’s a strong link between art and the creation of fashion. One example is Matisse. I went to see the exhibition recently at the Tate Modern. It’s interesting to see how his use of colour and form has influenced some of the new collections.