See rare artworks from the Golden Age of fashion illustration

Famous fashion artists of the 20th century are celebrated in a new exhibition.

London Fashion Week is usually the sartorial highlight of autumn, but a new exhibition from fashion gallery Gray M.C.A is giving it a run for its money down the catwalk.

Drawing on Style is a new exhibition of rare original fashion illustrations with work from the likes of renowned artist René Gruau, American artist Antonio Lopez and influential Sunday Times fashion columnist Colin McDowell.

Lèvres Rouge by René Gruau (year unknown)

Running in September alongside London Fashion Week, Drawing on Style will showcase an assemblage of rare original works that adorned the pages of influential magazines and newspapers throughout the 20th century, capturing the iconic designs of the world’s fashion powerhouses. The work of these artists influenced decades of shoppers who looked to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Elle and W magazine for inspiration in what next to wear. 

Daniel Hechter Fashion 'Variation 3' by Antonio Lopez (1967)

Such drawings have remained in private collections or artists’ estates and many will be displayed publicly for the first time in the exhibition. A series of special talks and evening events will be held by Gray M.C.A, with a special drawing masterclass from Christian Dior’s celebrated artist-in-residence Bil Donovan, and a Q&A evening with British fashion illustrator and author Jason Brooks.

Red Jacket, 1980s India Ink & Colour on Paper by Colin McDowell (year unknown)

Drawing on Style will run in London at Gallery 8 from 14 – 21 September 2018, before moving to the Gray M.C.A gallery in Bath on 8 October until 30 November. Find more details on the official homepage.

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