F is also for Friday: Antonio Lopez

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The original enfant terrible and darling of couture royalty, Puerto Rican born Antonio Lopez was a graduate of FIT in New York and parlayed a talent for dazzling illustration into a lucrative career and heady lifestyle.  Incorporating the current trends in art into his depiction of fashion in the late 60s, he was not averse to mixing media within the same piece sometimes using a combination of pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and watercolour to achieve the desired emphasis on detail. His life in Paris in the 70s was the gateway to the beautiful people and served as inspiration for much of his work – credited with having discovered Jerry Hall, Grace Jones and Tina Chow, when he wasn’t drawing he was a more than willing participant in the riotous extravagance that was the dawn of the disco era. gowns_for_anna_piagi_vanity_66830406_north_545x

Gowns for Anna Piaggi Vanity

Lauded during the 1980s as one of the foremost fashion illustrators, Antonio’s highly stylized work integrated echoes of iconic artistic genres, a vibrant palette and sculptural dimension – capable of pushing the envelope in terms of acceptable sexuality, he captured the heroic attitude and excess of the times in his models’ proportions and poses while maintaining an aura of accessibility that drew the viewer into the fantasy.  Adept at tailoring graphic styles for individual designer’s campaigns, the prolific Lopez counted Norma Kamali, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Missoni and Versace among his clients.

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It is twenty-five years since Lopez passed away from complications related to Kaposi’s Sarcoma during the height of the AIDS epidemic and fitting that both a retrospective exhibition, “Antonio’s World”, at Suzanne Geiss Company in Soho and a book by Rizzoli, “Antonio: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco”, are presenting his work to the generation that had forgotten of his existence and those who never knew of his incredible legacy to the art of illustration in the fashion world.

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Slideshow: Antonio Lopez Opening

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