To Richard Haines New York City is an endless runway. When he first moved to the city to pursue illustration, he instead found a successful career as a fashion designer. Through fashion design, working for such brands as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Sean Combs and Bill Blass, he developed a keen eye for the often-overlooked details of form, fabric and how a garment falls on the body. This laid a foundation for his illustration work and after years in the world of fashion design, his career has now come full circle allowing him to emerge as one of today’s most sought after fashion illustrators.His wildly popular blog, "What I Saw Today," documents the clothes and attitudes of New York's every day trendsetters and fashion icons of all ages. His sensitive renderings of his subjects, whether they are men on the street, friends or fashion models uncover a deeply sentimental treatment. It is his fascination with the people behind the styles that informs his every stroke, propelling his work beyond mere sketches into the world where art and fashion intersect.
His work straddles the border between fashion illustration and fine art, In July 2009, Haines had his first solo show in New York at the cutting-edge art space and gallery, Envoy Enterprises. In 2011 his work was exhibited in a solo show at Fuller + Roberts in Los Angeles. In November 2016, Haines had his solo show in New York with Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery.
In 2012 Miuccia Prada chose Richard Haines to create the artwork that would become the iconic imagery accompanying the “Il Palazzo” men’s collection campaign. He attended a presentation of the men’s collection from which he drew inspiration to create series of sketches, which over a yearlong collaboration, became a 150-page concept book which was sent out to top global fashion editors. In addition, his illustrations were transformed into a virtual reality iPad app (created by James Lima), and a capsule tee collection sold in Prada flagship stores in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He has also done collaborations with Dries Van Noten for the spring/summer 2015 collection, designing a range of pen and ink prints in tribute to the ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev and recently, with Moore and Giles, the Virginia based powerhouse of leather goods. The Director of Design, Thomas Brennan, ask Richard to create a series of illustrations for their luggage and travel accessories that debuted at the Palmiers du Mal Spring/Summer 2017 show.
It is not uncommon to see Haines seated front row at fashion week's most desirable shows busily sketching images for magazines and blogs who hire him to record the nuances that cannot be captured on film. Richard has also covered and document the men’s shows for NY Times T Magazine and menswear trends for a weekly column for the Sunday Times London. Recently he was asked by the La Federation Francaise de la Couture to live illustrate the autumn/winter 2017 couture shows for their excusive Instagram account.
Among his clients are Prada, Dries Van Noten, Moore and Giles, Orlebar Brown, La Federation Francaise de la Couture, Lanvin, J.Crew, Pennyblack, Calvin Klein, Coach, Unionmade Goods, Barneys New York, Mr. Porter Grazia, The New York Times Sytle Magazine, GQ and GQ Italy.