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New Icons of Fashion Illustration by Tony Glenville

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INTRODUCTION

The art of the contemporary fashion illustrator can be seen as defying the times – an anachronism in this age of the digital photograph, instant internet communication and technology-driven creative processes. Even when computer software is used as a tool, the idea of forging a career as a fashion illustrator today seems highly unrealistic. Yet in spite of this, or possibly even because of this, from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia, from the UK to the USA, highly accomplished and highly successful fashion illustrators are working away.

After the Second World War it seemed as if fashion illustration would be relegated to becoming a historic craft. It was seen increasingly as either an oddity that broke the mould or a still much-needed ...

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