Listen with your eyes.

Open Toe Illustration by Silvana Mariani

In this richly creative era, Open Toe Illustration is whispering untold stories of beauty with the language of color.

I am on a mission to bring illustration to the real world and disclose the elegance that clean images bring about.

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About Open Toe Illustration

Open Toe Illustration embraces the energy and opportunities of working digitally but also loves the tactility of surfaces and maintaining physical contact with creations.

“I believe that all good images have the power to influence our feelings with their rhythm and emotional potential. Images speak to both our minds and souls with explicit or subliminal messages.”

“I seek uniqueness and imperfection as the challenge to accept others and feel accepted while improving ourselves and the things around.”

Postcard Illustration

Today Fashion is art for everybody, literally. It generates beauty in real life and involves feelings and messages.
If we consider clothes pieces of art – or at least good design, people will start choosing them carefully, caring for them and wearing them for years. Buy less and change our market habits can make the world a better place.

About Open Toe Illustration, the lecture @ Scuola di Design del Politecnico di Milano

In occasione dell’invito da parte della Scuola di Design del Politecnico di Milano a partecipare come ospite nel corso di illustrazione per la moda, Silvana Mariani racconta in questo articolo alcuni aspetti caratteristici e pratici del suo lavoro.


Silvana Self Portrait

The creative mind behind Open Toe Illustration is that of Silvana Mariani, a Milan-based designer and illustrator.

Aka Open Toe Illustration, Silvana has been drawing glamour and textiles with vivid colors and minimal compositions since 2012. Her distinctive sign results in simple images with a sophisticated allure.

Silvana was educated in art from an early age and introduced to graphic design by the NABA Academy. Fascinated by textile, she trained in illustration attending courses and workshops with illustrators, designers and art directors.

During her constant research of better (digital) tools and fine-tuning for print, she had the pleasure to draw for her favourites magazines (Vogue, L’Officiel, Flaunt – among others) and beloved maisons (such as Missoni and Pomellato). The illustrations have been exhibited at Triennale and other beautiful locations in Milan, where she currently works.

fashion illustrations on the pages of a magazine
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Mixing contemporary visions with heritage references, Open Toe Illustration creates image collections that are meaningful of our times.

The effortless images convey the sense of surprise and freedom that only imperfections can bring.


Propelled by her Milanese background, Silvana approaches textiles from the point of view of a fashion illustrator, aiming to promote elegance in unconventional ways.

Silvana always finds a personal way to give voice to upcoming trends.

Balenciaga, fashion illustration by Silvana Mariani

Art Prints

Digital Illustrations published on this website are available for print on demand. Just ask!

In the mood for…

A personal interpretation of trends, crush palettes and kind of poems (sometimes).

Green sandals, fashion illustration by Silvana Mariani
Cocoa beans, food illustration by Silvana Mariani

What’s up?

Collaborations, special events, main updates…

Tipe da book

Short stories about well dressed friends – Italian text.

Tipe alla Vernice, portrait by Silvana Mariani
Green sandals, fashion illustration by Silvana Mariani


Clients, collective exhibitions, editorial illustration, awards…