New-York based fashion designer Kareem Iliya originally from Beirut, is known for his beautiful silhouettes made of washed out tones and very simple shapes. The vibrant colours and combination of inks, pastels, textured papers and some computer manipulation give his illustrations a mystical mood.
Kareem initially studied fashion design at the University of Texas, USA then continued his studies at the Institute of Fashion Technology in New York.
He started his fashion career working with Georgio Armani and from 1992 also freelanced as an illustrator.
His work has been featured in W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker and many more. He has also illustrated several books including “Nouvelle Pornography” by Marie Nimier.
Hauntingly full of grace and mystery, Kareem’s illustrations ooze sensuality and portray women and the female form in a most sensitive way. The beauty and grace capture the viewer. Even though mostly he paints a solitary figure, the allure and romance of another is quite often implied.