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JORDI LABANDA

Observing social mores and capturing fashion foibles – putting the fashionable under the microscope, in fact – is a task we expect to see realized by fashion illustrators. Jordi Labanda obligingly skewers the fashion crowd as surely as any lepidopterist with his specimens. He treads boldly in the footsteps of George Cruickshank in Victorian times or Sem at the turn of the twentieth century, or contemporary fashion illustration artists such as Gladys Perint Palmer or Jean-Philippe Delhomme.

The images that Labanda creates are totally of the moment, and a cast of instantly recognizable people inhabits his world. He appears to raise a wry eyebrow at his subjects. ‘I know them,’ he seems to say, ‘but I am not fooled by them.’ The details ...

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