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FASHION STROKES

Gray MCA, London-based specialists in fashion illustration, is mounting a selling exhibition called “Drawings on Style: Four Decades of Elegance,” a lineup of original works from the Forties to the Seventies, in time for London Fashion Week. The showcase will include more than 40 sketches by artists and designers including Carl “Eric”  Erickson, Christian Dior, René Bouché, René Gruau, Tod Draz, Barbara Hulanicki and Zandra Rhodes.

Prices will range from 750 pounds, or $1,260, for a Zandra Rhodes wedding dress sketch to 10,000 pounds, or $16,800, for a British Vogue cover illustration by Bouché. The show will run from Sept. 11 to 16 at Gallery 8 on Duke Street in St. James’s.

“For too long, fashion illustrators and their illustrations have been seen as a secondary art form, no matter how beautifully executed the image,” said Connie Gray, an owner 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.

“Over the years, these illustrators developed their own personnel style, often using wit and charm to distinguish themselves from their competitors. Tragically, few original fashion illustrations survive today. Those that have survived have become internationally collectable as original and historical art works that truly caught the elegance, attitude and style of the time.”   

— L.M.

“Drawings on Style”
Gallery 8
8 Duke Street, SW1Y 6BN
Tel.: +44-020-7930-0375
Web: 8dukestreet.co.uk

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