“Masters of Fashion Illustration”

Carl Erickson, 1958.

This month sees the release of the beautiful new book Masters of Fashion Illustration, by David Downton. A fashion artist himself, Downton traces the history of the greatest illustrators of the twentieth century, from Giovanni Boldini and Erte to Kenneth Paul Block and Andy Warhol. In the foreword, Carmen Dell’Orefice writes, “I’ve watched the popularity of fashion illustration wax and wane. But I’m happy to say—and this book bears me out—that it never goes away; it just keeps coming back, like a familiar melody.”

Antonio Lopez, 1965.

To see more, read the feature review of the book in the Fall issue of Q, or pick up your own copy, available from Laurence King Publishing.