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Masters of Fashion Illustration [Paperback]

David Downton , Carmen Dell'Orefice
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3 Sep 2012
This lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed book celebrates the colourful lives and dazzling work of the great twentieth-century fashion illustrators, as chosen by one of todays leading fashion artists, David Downton. With a foreword by the legendary model Carmen DellOrefice, the book follows the careers of Downtons favourite artists, from the great social portraitist of the belle époque, Giovanni Boldini, to the architect of 1980s New Wave glamour, Tony Viramontes (including along the way such celebrated names as Erté, Carl Erickson, René Bouché, Andy Warhol and Antonio Lopez). The book concludes with a portfolio of David Downtons own work, featuring drawings of the Paris haute couture shows and portraits of contemporary icons such as Dita Von Teese and Erin OConnor. Many of the stunning images in Masters of Fashion Illustration have not been seen since they were first published.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; Reprint edition (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856698394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856698399
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over the last decade, David Downton has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading fashion artists. His classically elegant yet highly contemporary images have led to a hugely successful career working with, among others, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, V magazine, Chanel, Tiffany's New York, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harrods, TopShop, Lancome and the V&A Museum.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one master in praise of others 16 Dec 2010
By jomo
From the dazzling red cover with Downton's Valentino illustration this book offers much and delivers more! A fabulous overview of a rich century of fashion illustration with many familiar names and a few less obvious choices. Including wonderful Drain, Blossac and Peak (but alas, no Rene Gruau). Beautifully illustrated and designed throughout, each era is vividly brought to life by Downton's conversational, yet informative writing style which offers true insights into each artist's work. It's refreshing to have the view of an actual practitioner on a subject he clearly feels passionate about. For fans of Downton there is a gallery of his own work at the end of the book with an interview. A great book for lovers of fashion illustration everywhere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too good not to have! 1 Oct 2010
By Borka
I love Downton's work - Pourquoi Pas was tremendous, but this latest wonderfully designed book, Masters of Fashion really puts fashion illustration into perspective. It's a great informative read, filled with Downton's influences and contemporaries. This book is beautifully illustrated and printed with images which are not only by Downton, but equally brilliant, unfamiliar names such as Bob Peake, Tom Keogh and Tony Viramontes. Having said that, there were also some fantastic Andy Warhol images that I had never seen before!

I fully recommend it to all designers, fashion students and anyone else interested in fashion, illustration or both!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Book 3 Oct 2010
By lcw
I bought this book with a little knowledge of the subject and found it a joy. The Artist/ Illustrators David Downton has chosen are a revelation, true masters of their Art. Downtons information on each Artist is revealing and insightful, his knowledge is obviously well researched, and written with passion. Beautifully illustrated, complete with the authors own fashion project at the back of the book, makes this a must for those interested in Fashion, Illustration and Art.
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The hardback book feels lovely in the hand, a great match for the sketches and paintings. These illustrators had interesting lives, great to dip into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 6 Jan 2011
This is a great book for anyone interested in fashion or any students embarking on a fashion course. David Downton's illustrations make this a very interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion doesn't get any better! 14 Nov 2010
A quite superb book - well book really doesn't do this collection justice. No question this is something that will appeal to everyone and so classy. David Downton is at the top of his game and deserves great success with this publication
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Fashion Illustration 7 Nov 2010
Masters of Fashion Illustration by David Downton - A superb book presenting over 200 colour illustrations of some of the most exciting fashion illustrators of the twentieth century, including: Giovanni Boldini, Carl Erickson, Bernard Blossac, Coby Whitmore, Antonio Lopez and concluding with an interview with David Downton by Tony Glenville. This book is inspirational, however, it is all the better for the inclusion of a series of fashion portraits by Downton, which are stunning examples of the fluency and fluidity of line, capturing the mastery of his work. A true celebration of illustration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Fashion Illustration 28 Sep 2010
By Topsy
I am no expert on fashion illustration (this was a birthday present), but I have learnt a lot about it from this book. In the last few years fashion illustration has become popular again and David Downton, the author of this book, is one of the people who has helped to bring it back to prominence. This is his selection of the best of fashion illustration from the last 100 years or so and it looks wonderful. His selection is varied and it's interesting to see how styles changed as the decades of the 20th century went past, as a Mad Men fan, I particularly like the work of Bob Peak from the early 60's. There's a lot of work from Downton himself in the book and it's fascinating to see how he absorbed the influences from the other "Masters" in the book to create his own style. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in fashion and it would make a great Christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stunning large pictures. Inspiring book.
Published 4 days ago by Sarah Moller
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any budding Fashion Illustrator
Bought this for my son studying Fashion Illustration. Beautifully presented images throughout and a "timeless, inspirational" book to add to anyone's collection.
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This gorgeous book gives you entree into a rarified world of style & beauty. Packed with stunning images from some of the most original & inspirational fashion illustrators of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mia Faux
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This book is a delight, I have always admired fashion illustrators and this book has all the greats over the last 100 years, the photography is great, the colours are brilliant and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by F. Brewer
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beautiful illustrations and informative descriptons of careers of fashion design icons
.useful for anyone interested in recent history of fashion couture
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...live this book. If you're a fan of watercolour/ink illustration then you will be a fan of this book. It does include other forms of illustration but the focus is on that media. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
a lovely coffee table book i bought as a gift and have had nothing but praise for it being a fab pressie.
Published 21 months ago by C.A.
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product arrived in good time as expected, product as stated in advertisement, excellent product and service, i would recommend to others
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by suecoupe2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Maricou
What a beautiful book. So glad I bought a copy, could not wait until Christmas to get it as a present.
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by Maricou
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