.. Today it is all about how illustrators perceive some of the great style and fashion icons, legends as well as the omnipresent fashion dynamo we call Diana Vreeland. Mrs. Vreeland was, by far, the number one choice as subject for this amazing group of artists. So today, I will show you their interpretations of her as well some other notably fashionable and stylish personalities.
Having grown up in a time when newspapers were in black and white and most fashion advertising in them was done via illustration rather than photo, illustrators have always captured my imagination. It is of constant amazement and I stand in awe of those who are so ably and abundantly talented to convey a particular vision of fashion by using one’s signature technique and talents.
This feeling, combined with just having read and reviewed Tony Glenville’s marvelous volume on fashion illustration, spurred or reignited my interest in the subject. Mr. Glenville was kind enough to contribute a quote for this article which pretty must speaks for itself and everyone who appreciates the art form...
I guess the thing is.....How wonderful to see a craft which was written off by many, in the 60's and 70's especially, now enjoying a renaissance. The joy of seeing classic and modern techniques; often combined, an extraordinary range of styles and attitudes demonstrating the magic of line and shadow in fashion illustration in the 21st century. Fashion Illustration still has the ability to enchant and delight.
With this in mind, it occurred to me that there are so many wildly talented people out there who may not have not have been given proper recognition or who might be “working” yet remain unknown to so many and so I have culled my “friendships” and come up with a glittering roster of talent for your viewing pleasure. The common thread I employed here is how these artists see icons, luminaries or legends of fashion.
Every one of these brilliantly talented artists can be found on their respective websites and every one of them can accomplish the impossible utilizing their well-honed skills of illustration. The employed mediums are varied and the overall final products are stunning and arresting in their own individual ways.
I have also taken the liberty of pointing out some of the greatest and legendary of illustrators who have either left us their legacies or have moved on to other creative endeavors or mediums. Each one of them had a recognizable signature and technique that revolutionized the world of fashion and advertising.
This article will be presented in several segments as so many of these prolific artists have offered me their archive and I would be foolish not to share it with everyone; stay tuned for the next couple of days and hopefully I can open you’re your eyes to the talented artists and their talents!
Contributors include: Marc Antoine Coulon, Mel Odom, Richard Haines, Dan Romer, Joel Woodard, Mitja Bokum, Chuck Nitzberg, Marco Santaniello, Tim Otte, Gladys Perint Palmer,Maurizio Andreuccetti, Paul B. Elsen, Sue Tait Porcaro, Glen Hanson, Jaff Noel Seijas, Leland Neff, George Stavrinos, Rene Gruau, Antonio Lopez, Michael Vollbracht, Mats Gustafson, Kenneth Paul Block, Joe Eula, J.C. Leyendecker, Tony Viramontes and Barbara Pearlman.