The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration is a visual celebration of fashion image making and illustration from the Renaissance to the end of the Art Deco period, when studio photography became predominant in the promotion of new fashionable styles.
It shows fashion illustration as an art form of allure and beauty, as captured by talented image-makers and printed in publications spanning centuries. Featuring over 300 illustrations, it is a beautiful and comprehensive document of the talent and artistry that went into the design and making of European fashion images from the second half of the sixteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century.
GRACIE CALVEY has worked as a fashion illustrator, journalist and artist. She lives in France.
JULIAN ROBINSON is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He worked for fifteen years as a professional fashion designer, with his own designer label and as a consultant, working with Mary Quant, Sir Norman Hartnell, Yves Saint Laurent and Zandra Rhodes.In 1966 he became Director of Fashion Studies at Hornsey College of Art, Middlesex University. In 1976 he emigrated to Australia to help establish degree and postgraduate fashion courses at the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. He is the author of numerous books including The Brilliance of Art Deco (1987) and The Fine Art of Fashion (1989).
"one big, beautiful, and seriously stylish tome... Every fashionable coffee table should have one."
"Exquisitely rendered colour palates convey the intricacies of the 16th-century Venetian robes, suitable headgear for attending a concert in 19th-century Paris and the most flamboyant creations of the Art Deco years. There's even some guidance on flying gear for the modern woman."