London Fashion Week will start with… drawings in style

Beautiful dresses, incredible sketches and sophisticated cuts from Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and other great names from history of fashion: to coincide with London Fashion Week, Gray M.C.A presents
Drawing on Style exhibition (at Gallery 8 on Duke Street St James’s from 15th – 20th September 2016).

Photo up: Rene Bouche (1905-1963) Red Dress New York, Watercolour & India Ink on Paper, Signed, 63.5 x 48.5 cms & Pierre Simon (1907-1999) Day Wear with Fur Trim, Pen & Ink & Wash on Paper, Signed, 38 x 14 cms 

Drawing on Style exhibition, at Gallery 8 on Duke Street St James’s from 15th – 20th September 2016.

The exhibition will highlight the talents of the “masters” of fashion illustration working between post-war 1940s and the 1970s by unveiling an assemblage of previously unseen, original works from private collections. We are going to see illustrations by the renowned artists Rene Gruau (1909-2004), Carl Erickson (1891-1958), Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), Rene Bouche (1905-1963), and, exhibiting for the very first time, works by the celebrated American contemporary fashion illustrator and Dior Beauty’s current artist-in-residence, Bil Donovan.

Drawing on Style sketches

Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson (1891-1958) Model With Broach & Grey Tailleur, Ink & Gouache on Paper, Signed, 60.5 x 47 cms // Rene Bouche (1905-1963) Woman In Pink Suit, Watercolour on Paper, 63 x 48 cms

“Drawing on Style” will also showcase a series of contemporary fashion illustrations presented by SHOWstudio, Nick Knight’s award-winning fashion website.

Connie Gray, Fashion Curator for Gray M.C.A, says: “Today’s contemporary illustrators owe a great debt to these masters. The original works graced the pages of all the most influential publications including Condé Nast & Harper’s Bazaar, and are now increasingly being recognised as a key school of twentieth century art, recording the elegance, grace and style of a generation”.

Alongside Gray M.C.A, SHOWstudio will present a series of contemporary works by fashion illustrators including Gill Button, Blair Breitenstein, and Fahren Feingold. The works will illustrate collections as recent as AW16 from Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, and many more.


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