Alexander Mcqueen , john Galliano , John Richmond
First and foremost- Coco Chanel and more recently Betsy Johnson. Chanel was a revolutionist and Betsy is has such great energy. Both are strong feminists.
I admire professional Leesha Henderson a local designer that inspired me to start my own clothing line.
John Paul Miller, Enamelist and Granulation Expert
Robert Lee Morris, for changing the way the public sees "designer jewelry"
Tiffany's, for keeping alive the tradition of metalsmithing & design, classically
Tinker Hatfield, Aaron Cooper and Eric Avar just to name a few.
I admire hard working, dedicated people who are willing to go beyond expectations. Many talented people are out there, past & present, too many to list.
However, two people who have inspired me most, are Walt Disney and Tina Turner. One person whom I greatly admire is John Taylor, ex-employer, friend and client. A brilliant conceptual mind, who let me take creative charge and run with it.
Most of them are my friends. I have very talented friends.
Having worked with some greats in my time.
Ian Sheppard - Grey advertising
Hagen Wiederman - Creative director Y&R
Luke Hartegan - Creative director Rapp Collins
Barrett Joubert - Design Director Greys
Wayne Lubbe - (Creative director Ogilvy / BAT
There are many that I admire in my field. Many of my graduate class are fantastic artists. When it comes to those I don't really know, I'd say Norman Rockwell, Niclas Marlet, Enrique Fernandez, Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Ross, etc. There are so many more that I just don't even know the names of. Norman Rockwell is definitely where I'd start off though. His depiction of character in so many forms is completely bang on. He was truly an animator that wasn't an animator by trade. All in his heart, really. Such inspirational art and he has so many formal pieces in his repertoire.
Those I admire the most are nameless to you. They would be particular designers, photographers and vendors who have worked for me. And certain clients who I have had the privilege to work FOR.
There are so many. From the past, people like Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand jump to mind. Also, people like Art Chantry and Reid Miles.
Current designers, well, there is an endless list. Chip Kidd is at the top of the heap in my mind, and Peter Mendelsund, Paul Sahre, Henry Sen Yee, David Barringer, the gals at Number 17, Sagmeister, Shepard Fairey, Ames Bros., Jeff Kleinsmith, Paula Scher, Tibor, Arman Vit, Modern Dog, and the list goes on and on and on.