by John Russel Jones
Illustration by Bela Jude.

When we first started planning the 2022 MR Awards, our goal was to make it a celebratory evening, as always, but also to make sure it, and our awards journal, was especially stylish.

We got to brainstorming with our award-winning art directors, Nancy Campbell and Trevett McCandliss (they’ve received 22 awards from the Society of Publication Designers!), who connected us with an illustrator on Instagram whose work they particularly admired.

Bela Jude (@belajude77) is a self-taught illustrator best recognized for her powerful use of color. She works regularly for international publications in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, among others. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Stanford Magazine, The Guardian Weekly, Time Magazine, Preludium Magazine, Le Temps, and Foreign Affairs. (She also has two cats and a tomato plant.)

We fell in love with her almost Warhol-like images of world leaders like Joe Biden and Angela Merkel, not to mention her bold, graphic style and impressive use of color. Bela created all the illustrations for our 2022 MR Awards Journal. We hope you’ll love her work, too! JJ

The MR Awards is the largest and most prestigious event on the better menswear calendar, attended by the industry’s leading retailers, brands, and menswear insiders. In addition to new honorees, more than 50 Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame members are invited to return each year. The awards will be held at the Edison Ballroom on Sunday, July 17th, 2022, during New York menswear market week.