Hamza was privileged to donate an original collection of his artwork to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which is renowned as the world's greatest museum of art and design. The pieces of artwork donated form part of a unique historical collection of art, design and fashion during the 1970s - 80s.

Hamza Arcan was born in the historical city of Istanbul, Turkey. He trained to become an architect following his talent for drawing, layout and graphics. He went on to discover his passion for illustration and the creative freedom it gave him.

Looking for a new challenge and inspiration Hamza explored the fashion capitals of Milan, Paris and London. He decided to study at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, one of the leading fashion institutions in the world. This is where he begun his career in illustration from 1974.

Work has varied throughout his career in the UK from fashion illustration to design and from textiles to digital graphics. Hamza has built on his success and reputation through the diverse, imaginative and explorative nature of his work.

International Publications

  • Fashion/Fabric Forecast
  • Klopman International
  • French Gap
  • Nigel French
  • Design Intelligence
  • View Magazine
  • Rotovision
  • Designer collection illustrated for Simplicity Patterns

Worked on various advertising campaigns for several well known department stores:

  • Austin Reed
  • Jaegar
  • Harrods
  • Wallis
  • Harvey Nicholls
  • C&A
  • Liberty
  • Simpsons Piccadilly

Window Displays
Special projects co-designer for:

  • Wallis
  • Harvey Nicholls
  • Friends
  • Marisa Martin
  • Penny Le Roy
  • Fenwicks

Illustrations Published in Magazines

  • Vogue
  • Harpers & Queen
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Various daily and Sunday newspapers.

Limited Editions
Produced a limited edition of silk screen prints, exhibited at the Scene Gallery and On the Wall Gallery, London.

Corporate Identity
Designed for international companies including Digital, Zone, De Conte and North Beach Leather, using both conventional and computer aided techniques.

United Nations Project
Taught fashion design, illustration and presentation at the National Institute of Fashion and Technology, New Delhi, Hyderabad, India.

Taught illustration/design and presentation at the Following colleges:

  • St Martin’s College of Art
  • Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
  • American College, London
  • London College of Fashion
  • Brighton University
  • London Centre for Fashion Studies
  • School of Fashion & Textiles, Dublin, Ireland
  • The Surrey Institute of Art & Design


Developing and creating digital art. Nude female life drawing.

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