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JEAN-PHILIPPE DELHOMME

The boundary between fashion illustration and the social observation found in cartoons is often blurred. Tongue-in-cheek approaches to the fashions of the day have coloured the work of illustrators since the British caricaturists James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson in the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century the great cartoonist and illustrator Sem (Georges Goursat) viewed fashion as a tool to point out the characteristics of those he drew. More than a century later but in much the same way, Jean-Philippe Delhomme pins down fashion ‘types’. In an interview he once said, ‘People might get it or they may not. It’s amusing for those who get it, and they are not unpleased that others don’t.’

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