Monday, September 27, 2010

Antonio, A Fashion Illustrator Icon

Antonio was born Antonio Lopez in Puerto Rico in 1943. When he was 7 his family moved to New York City. He attended the High School of Art & Design and then he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. While at FIT, he started an intership at WWD (Women's Wear Daily) which led him to leaving school and working at WWD. Then shortly after he took a position at The New York Times. In 1969 he moved to Paris and was an associate of Karl Lagerfield. Antonio help discover Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones and Tina Chow. His famous Fashion Illustrations appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Interview and The New York Times. Many books showcasing his illustrations have been published, one of these included "Antonio's Tales From The Thousand And One Nights" from 1985, which was a inspiration for Marc Jacobs 2007 "Arabian Nights" Fashion Event. Antonio sadly died in 1987 at the age of 44. His drawings live on and inspire so many Illustrators to this day.

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