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Fashion Drawing in Vogue

William Packer

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A beautifully produced collection that celebrates the richness of fashion drawing in Vogue


The celebration of the art of looking good has always demanded talent, vision and style, and the artists recruited to fill the pages of Vogue since 1909 – when it was taken over by Condé Nast – have possessed these qualities in abundance.

Their brilliant drawings chronicle not only fashion but also, with wit and delicacy, the whole comedy of manners that is the international social round. William Packer, painter, writer and art critic, has collected the very best drawings from seven decades (1920s–80s) of Vogue.

This inspired volume features the work of hundreds of artists, including: Edouard Benito, René Bouché, Pierre Brissaud, Salvador Dalí, Jean Dupas, ‘Eric’, Polly Francis, Ruth Grafstrom, René Gruau, Paul Iribe, Tom Keogh, Georges Lepape, André Marty, Harriet Meserolae, Jean Patou, Douglas Pollard, Marcel Vertès and John Ward.

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'This is, above all else, a book of drawings, just drawings: and I think it is beautiful'
David Hockney

'The ultimate book about fashion illustration'
Daily Telegraph

'A very special book, something to be treasured and returned to again and again … a perfect gift for all lovers of style, elegance and timeless fashion. If you love fashion, you’ll want this as part of your collection'
Hot Brands Cool Places

'Art historian and painter William Packer’s authorial style is simple, informative, gently inquisitive … a timely reissue'
Robin Muir, The World of Interiors

'A classic … It is as much for the historian and the art lover as for the fashionista'
Workshop on the Web

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 30.4 x 24.9 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 301

Publication date: 6 December 2010

ISBN: 9780500275283

Contents List

Preface by David Hockney • Introduction: A wider tradition and a particular discipline • Part One, 1923–1934: Art Deco and the artists of the Gazette du Bon Ton; Fashion Illustration and the modern movement in art • Part Two, 1935–1946: Romantic Expressionism and applied Surrealism; Vogue’s eye on society in peace and war • Part Three, 1947–1983: A New Look and a continuing graphic tradition; From constant practice to occasional use

About the Author

William Packer writes for the Financial Times where he was principal art critic until 2004. He trained as a painter at Wimbledon School of Art and has continued as a painter, first exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1963.

List of Contributors

David Hockney

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