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New Icons of Fashion Illustration by Tony Glenville

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PIET PARIS

When Toulouse-Lautrec drew Jane Avril for Divan Japonais in 1893, he preserved the fashion she wore – the silhouette and the styling – forever. Today illustrator Piet Paris builds on the heritage of this particular bold, linear style. Among his prolific illustrations there is a nod to generations of artists whose aim was a stylized line and the elimination of the superfluous. Like all creative work, fashion illustration must walk the line between being fashionable or of-the-moment and the obverse; instantly dated. Paris is resolutely modernist in his work, presenting fashion illustration with a superb edge, and yet its quality of line is also timeless in its references, unconscious though these obviously are. The boldness and precision ...

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