Highlights of the exhibition include more than 20 drawings from Antonio’s Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, a lavishly illustrated book of stories from The Arabian Nights, translated by Sir Richard Burton and published in 1985. Additionally, Antonio will include 12 never-before-exhibited, large-scale drawings created in 1973 at the Condé Nast offices in New York City during a series of Vogue seminars commissioned by editor Carrie Donovan. Featuring model Pat Cleveland and Amina Warsuma, these live-drawing sessions illustrated upcoming designer collections for buyers and journalists. Known for expanding fashion’s view through diverse ideas of beauty, ethnicity, and sexuality, Antonio’s drawings capture the energy of three revolutionary decades.
Antonio Lopez, Personal Study, Bill Blast, 1983. Pencil and watercolor on paper. © The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos.
Both Lopez and Ramos were born in the early 1940s in Puerto Rico, and they met as students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Lopez was an exceptionally gifted illustrator, while Ramos was the art director, researcher, and organizer. In the early 1960s, they began their careers as part of the “youth quake” and became pioneers of a multinational view that moved fashion illustration forward with a modern perspective. Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration features a continuous screening of the time-capsule documentary film Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco (2017) by director James Crump that demonstrates their impact on fashion.
Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of Arizona Costume Institute, with additional support from the Museum’s Circles of Support and Museum Members.
Antonio Lopez, Fashion Study, American Vogue Seminar, Pat Cleveland/Amina Warsuma, c. 1972. Pentel and cello-tak on paper. © The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos.
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