Kareem Lliya – Illustrator and Fashion Designer. He studied fashion Design at the University of Texas and the Institute of Fashion – New York. He completed his studies in 1992 and then commenced his career with Giorgio Armani whilst also freelancing as an illustrator.
Lliya produces his illustrations in beautiful bright watercolours and ink. The images are created with lovely long flowing characters that are distinctively his. Lliya's work has been described as being 'ethereal' and 'mystical'. His work has featured in many famous fashion magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Visionaire, The New Yorker and the various editions of Vogue.
The book covers that Lliya has illustrated are many and include; The Great Gatsby, Tender Is The Night and The Beautiful And The Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe; Shoes: A Lexicon of Style; I Do…100 Years of Wedding Fashion and Fashion Illustrator: Drawing & Presentation For The Fashion Designer.
Lliya has recently created seven illustrations for company Perrier-Jouet. The images celebrate Perrier_Jouet’s Belle Epoque cuvee champagne. Other advertising clients include Tiffany & Co, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fith Ave, Bloomingdales and Nike.
Kareem Lliya is also a menswear designer.