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New Icons of Fashion Illustration by Tony Glenville

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JASON BROOKS

The ability to create a ‘type’ – an iconic interpretation of a character, which becomes the personification of a specific time or even a brand – through fashion illustration is well documented. The Arrow Collar Man, the Gibson Girl, René Gruau’s Dior Woman – all are examples of characters who developed a life of their own. The Jason Brooks girl and her companions inhabit a world that we long to enter, where gloss and glamour reside alongside a seemingly endless good time – be it on a beach or in a bar. We are seduced into believing that this is a real world, so perfectly has Brooks observed every detail. Like an author who knows the back story of his characters, in this case the artist seems to understand every nuance of his invented ...

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