The latest round of Fashion Weeks across the globe has come to a close, but Brooklyn Public Library’s fall exhibition Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look is still going strong. The largest American showcase of established and widely published fashion illustrators in over a decade will be on display at the Central Library through December 1st.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. there will be a panel discussion at the library on the work of Antonio Lopez.
Fashion illustration is the precursor to the industry’s now-favored medium – photography – but, as this exhibition demonstrates, illustration is still relevant. The exhibition highlights the practical application of fashion illustration, bringing awareness to the art form and its history.
Those who visit the Library’s Central Branch in Grand Army Plaza will have a rare behind the scenes look at the inspiration and creative processes involved with many big budget advertising campaigns. The exhibition’s select groups of established illustrators have had work featured in major publications such as Vogue, Elle, InStyle, WWD and DailyCandy, and for brands and retailers including Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Tiffany, Sephora, Ray Ban, L’Oreal, and Henri Bendel.
A nod to the history of fashion illustration, exclusive never-before-seen images from the highly influential icon and fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) are also on display. Lopez’s work has inspired generations of fashion illustrators, and he is credited with bringing in the “New Look” of fashion illustration. This exhibition publicly debuted rare works by Lopez of friends, models, and colleagues such as Jerry Hall, Grace Coddington, Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, and Karl Lagerfeld.
In addition to the exhibition, Brooklyn Public Library has a full schedule of events associated with Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look.