London Exhibition presents,  "Drawing on Style: Four Decades of Elegance" Fashion Illustrations from 1940s-1970s ~ June Sees
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London Exhibition presents,  "Drawing on Style: Four Decades of Elegance" Fashion Illustrations from 1940s-1970s

By 4th September 2014Exhibition, Exhibition Review
16. Gerd Grimm Frau im Speigel 1947 42x33 cms

Gerd Grimm – Frau im Speigel Publication 1947, Indian Ink & Watercolour

Have you ever waited in anticipation for an exhibition that shows the artworks of your favourite illustrators and influences in Fashion Illustration?

I have.
Angela Landels (1935 - ) Zandra Rhodes - Jubilee II Original Fashion Illustration Commissioned for Harpers & Queen C1972, Pencil & Wash

Angela Landels (1935 – ) Zandra Rhodes – Jubilee II Original Fashion Illustration Commissioned for Harpers & Queen C1972, Pencil & Wash

From next Thursday 11th – Tuesday 16th September 2014 at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London, will be holding a selling exhibition of original fashion illustrations from Post War 1940s to 1970s, “Drawing on Style: Four Decades of Elegance.”

Brian Stonehouse M.B.E. (1918 - 1998) Original Working Fashion Illustration for US Magazine New York 1953, Mixed Media, signed & inscribed

Brian Stonehouse M.B.E. (1918 – 1998) Original Working Fashion Illustration for US Magazine New York 1953, Mixed Media

Gray M.C.A are leading specialists in Fashion Illustration and to coincide with London Fashion Week SS15, this is a fantastic opportunity to see over 40 original works from some of the leading and influential fashion illustrations from Britain, Europe and America during the four decades.
René Bouché (1905 - 1963) Original Fashion Illustration for Caudbeard & American Vogue 1950, Ink & Watercolour

René Bouché (1905 – 1963)
Original Fashion Illustration for Caudbeard & American Vogue 1950, Ink & Watercolour

Brian Stonehouse M.B.E. (1918 - 1998) Original Working Fashion Illustration for US Magazine Pucci C1970's, Mixed Media

Brian Stonehouse M.B.E. (1918 – 1998) Original Working Fashion Illustration for US Magazine Pucci C1970’s, Mixed Media

Zandra Rhodes (1940 - ) Original Wedding Dress Design Zandra Rhodes III C1972, Pencil & Watercolour

Zandra Rhodes (1940 – )
Original Wedding Dress Design
Zandra Rhodes III C1972, Pencil & Watercolour

The exhibition will include the works of René Bouché, René Gruau, Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson for publications including British & American Vogue, Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Times, Frau im Spiegel (Germany) and Jardin des Modes (France) as well as advertising work for L’Oreal and other famous names in Haute Couture such as Nina Ricci. There will also be a selection of original designs by designers including Dior, Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA and Zandra Rhodes. Prices will range from £300 – £10,000.
Eva Aldbrook (1925 - ) Dior Model I Original Fashion Illustration of Dior Model Christine Tidmarsh 1956

Eva Aldbrook (1925 – ) Dior Model I Original Fashion Illustration of Dior Model Christine Tidmarsh 1956

Maynard ( - ) Original Fashion Illustration for Nina Ricci 1946, Ink & Watercolour

Maynard ( – ) Original Fashion Illustration for Nina Ricci 1946, Ink & Watercolour

My illustrations portray a likeness of my fashion style – I love to wear cool, vibrant tones and simple clothing that drapes and fits perfectly to form a linear silhouette. Sometimes adding chunky heels and trainers for practicality.
Regards to my illustrations, I am influences by fashion illustrators that captures the essence of the persons’ character by a simple pencil or inked lines. A simple stroke of the ink can create that mischievous smile.
I always aim to combine heavy brush strokes, painterly textures with smooth elegant lines but the illustrator whom I deem myself unworthy and whose work I adore is René Gruau.
René Gruau (1909 - 2004) Original Fashion Illustration  C1960's, Ink

René Gruau (1909 – 2004) Original Fashion Illustration C1960’s, Ink

One of my favourite illustrators is the great René Gruau – he has an innate sense of creativity, using only line and colour to create space for this subjects. Gruau captures, for me personally, the nostalgia of a carefree lifestyle, gentlemanly manners of an era gone by.
Barbara Hulanicki (1936 - ) Original Fashion Sketch Audrey Hepburn II C1960’s

Barbara Hulanicki (1936 – ) Original Fashion Sketch Audrey Hepburn II C1960’s

Barbara Hulanicki (1936 - ) BIBA Pink and Blue C1970

Barbara Hulanicki (1936 – ) BIBA Pink and Blue C1970

However, I am fascinated and excited to see the works of lesser known fashion illustrators whom style look so familiar, but can hardly remember the name. Now is their time to be recognised.

Pierre Simon (1907 - 1999) Original Advertising Fashion Illustration Woman with Umbrella 1950, Ink & Gouache

Pierre Simon (1907 – 1999) Original Advertising Fashion Illustration Woman with Umbrella 1950, Ink & Gouache

Very few fashion illustration during these decades would survive today. Due to production and printing demands illustrations were rarely kept. Many originals were damaged in the printing process and thrown away, deemed worthless once the image was reproduced to print.

Carl Erickson (Eric) (1891 - 1958) Awaiting To Embark Original Project for American Vogue C1940's, Ink & Wash

Carl Erickson (Eric) (1891 – 1958) Awaiting To Embark Original Project for American Vogue C1940’s, Ink & Wash

The ones that have survived are now collectables and historical works of art, captured in a moment of time where different form of elegance, attitude and style reigns.

EXHIBITION DATES
Thursday, September 11 to Tuesday, September 16 2014

LOCATION
Gallery 8
8 Duke Street St James’s
London
SW1Y 6BN

PUBLIC OPENING HOURS
Thursday, September 11 – 10am – 8pm
Friday, September 12 – 10am – 6.30pm
Saturday, September 13 – 10am – 6.30pm
Sunday, September 14 – 10am – 6.30pm
Monday, September 15 – 10am – 6.30pm
Tuesday, September 16 – 10am – 6.30pm

For more information on Gray M.C.A, please visit www.graymca.co.uk

Images courtesy of Gray Modern Contemporary Art Gallery

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