I've previously posted some examples of these illustrations by Antonio Lopez here on the Sweet Jane blog, which I had scanned from a book called Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s. However, I have since acquired a copy of the very first issue of Intro magazine, which is where they were originally published in september of 1967. I had been searching for this particular issue for a long time, there just doesn't seem to be that many of them in circulation, which is not too surprising really because it is 46 years old this month afterall! But, I have to say it was definitely worth the wait and every penny that it cost to finally see Antonio's work as it was intended to be seen, the illustrations are absolutely amazing! They're spread over three double pages measuring 22"x 17½" each...now I want you to take a moment to think about those dimensions, we're talking 'poster size' here! Infact, I think I will get some professional copies made and have them framed eventually, because as much as I admire fashion photography 'fashion illustration' has always been my first love, and these images are such superb examples of a time when it was still in its glory days, before photography surpassed it and became the more widely used medium of the two. The magazine is too large to fit onto my usually trustworthy flatbed scanner and although I've done my best, it's impossible to truly do them justice under the circumstances! In reality they are far more vibrant, but if you click on each individual image you will at least be able to view a larger version of the work. Alternatively, if you happen to live in the London area or have plans to visit the city sometime over the next two months, you may perhaps be lucky enough to view the real thing thanks to designer Roland Mouret (also a long time admirer of Antonio's work) who, in conjunction with East of Mayfair will be hosting a special selling exhibition including previously unseen works by the legendary fashion illustrator, in celebration of what would have been his 70th birth year. The exhibition which opens today, takes place at the Roland Mouret concept store house, 8 Carlos Place, London W.1. and runs through to the 20th of october 2013. The celebration doesn't end there, M.A.C have also launched a limited edition range of cosmetics this month inspired by Lopez. You can view the range and a video clip of the artist at work here.
BELT ON - PULL IN - CURVE OUT
Belting into fashion - the cinched in waist. You've been waiting for this since skinny sweaters stretched to dresses and tenty shapes narrowed to the body. Big, beautiful belts, buckled or buttoned, clinch the move to femininity with the greatest look to arrive since the birth of the mini skirt.
The Official Cathee Dahmen tribute blog (supermodel, muse and friend of Antonio Lopez) can be found here.The official website for the Antonio Lopez book - Antonio: Fashion, Art, Sex, Disco (published september 2012) can be found here.
For those of you who can't make it to the exhibition, some examples of the work on display can be viewed on the East of Mayfair online art gallery here.