By Dean Rhys-Morgan
While Tony Viramontes' paintings seemed within the past due Seventies, his not easy and direct variety of drawing used to be a marked distinction to the existing soft-pastel university of style representation. He scored instant good fortune, quickly buying the type of prestigious editorial commissions mostly given to photographers, from Lei, consistent with Lui in Italy,Vogue within the united states, The Face in Britain, and Le Monde and Le Figaro in France.This attractive hardcover publication brings jointly an in depth choice of his paintings, that includes amazing photographs of smoldering and smoky-eyed women and men who vibrate with New Wave power. Viramontes labored with one of the most celebrated names in type together with Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel, Claude Montana, and Christian Dior. His pictures, from the images of Paloma Picasso and Isabella Rossellini to the album covers he conceived for Arcadia and Janet Jackson, completely trap the temper of the Eighties membership and type scene.
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The woollen bouclé suit’s hemline rose to expose the knee, appealing to a younger, hipper market at a stroke, and the monogram of interlocking Cs became once again a sought-after membership badge of the fashionable crowd. CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE THERE IS A SENSE OF WILDFIRE AND OVER-THETOP EIGHTIES STYLE. PARIS, 1984 OPPOSITE: HIGH DRAMA DRAWN FOR MADAME FIGARO. VIRAMONTES EXPERTLY COMMANDS THE PAGE IN THIS TYPICALLY ASSURED DRAWING OF CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE. TRANSPARENT WASHES OF COLOUR LIFT THE SKETCHY DRAWING FROM THE PAPER.
It is a pity, but today there are no more fashion illustrators,’ lamented couturier Yves Saint Laurent in 2007. ‘For however much I admire photographers, I have to admit that their work is done to the detriment of the design. ’ The singular attitude and style that emerged in Tony’s fashion drawings was impossible to ignore and impossible to duplicate. It would make him as inﬂuential a fashion illustrator as any from the preceding generations. Just as René Gruau’s work reﬂects the conﬁdence and elegance of the upper classes in the 1940s and 1950s, Viramontes’s images perfectly capture the younger fashionable woman of the 1980s.
PARIS, 1986 BLAC ACKGLAMA Noted more for ey eye-catching ad campaigns than for the cut of its coats, Blackglama the label was conceive ved in 1968 by advertising execut utive Jane Trahey, for the Great Lake kes Mink Association (GLMA), which wa was producing dark furs. The early im images were shot by Richard Aved edon and featured high-proﬁle ﬁlmst stars such as Audrey Hepburn n and Elizabeth Taylor swathed in Blackglama mink. ’ has topped the ic iconic full-page black and white print ads for more than an four decades.