London-based fasion illustration specialists Gray MCA is holding a selling exhibition of original fashion illustrations from Post War 1940s through to the 1970s. The exhibition takes place in September to coincide with London Fashion Week.

The Drawing on Style exhibition will include more than 40 original works by some of the leading illustrators of the time from Britain, Europe and America including René Bouché, René Gruau and Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson.

Designs are sourced from publications including British and American Vogue, Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Times, Frau im Spiegel (Germany) & 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 work by designers including Dior, Zandra Rhodes and Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA (right

“For too long fashion illustrators & their illustrations have been seen as a secondary art form, no matter how beautifully executed the image,” explains Connie Gray of Gray MCA. “More often than not, fashion illustrators were more widely known for their advertising work than they were for their work as highly skilled fashion illustrators.

"Though their style was familiar to the reader and their names published internationally alongside their illustrations, they have never been recognised as true artists. It was almost a secret world in which only those working in the industry knew and admired each other.”

See more of the artworks for sale by using the controls right and above.

Right: BIBA - Wedding Dress II (original fashion sketch) by Barbara Hulanicki (1936 - )
Watercolour on paper, signed, 43 x 65 cms