Fashion and Accessories

Fashion illustrations over four decades

               60’s/70’s /80’s /90’s



The sixtiesIn the ‘’swinging sixties’’, youth culture  was  predominant, and being young carefree and abandoned was the fashionable ideal. The emergence of the teenager in the late fifties meant that fashion acquired a younger, modern look, illustration poses altered from demure to witty and dynamic. However, illustrator has become less important than the photographer for magazines, so much so that photographers and models became celebrities in their own right.

Just one illustrator shone like the stars of illustration from the previous decades- Antonio Lopez. His versatility meant that he went on the illustrate for the next three decades, but it was in the hedonistic sixties that he truly made his mark. Through his illustrations he portrayed the rebellious attitude of the young  generation and reflected fashion as it took centre stage in this colourful, visual decade. His wide imagination led him to experiment in every possible style using a wealth of media and techniques. Each season he tried a new illustrative technique, discarding styles as they became popular and were taken up by others. He was, and still is, a great influence on fashion illustrators.

The seventies

In the seventies, photography still dominated fashion editorials and advertising. Antonio Lopez continued to work, however, and was joined by a variety of new illustrators influenced by Pop Art and Psychedelia. In the early part of the decade, illustrations featured dramatic colours and bold patterns. New ideas were developed by illustrators such as Lorenzo Mattatotti, Mats Gustafson and Tony Viramontes, whose striking images began to make their mark in the fashion world.

By the later part of the seventies a highly finished realism emerged in illustration. This evident in the work of David Remfrey, whose pen-and-ink  drawings coloured with a faint watercoloured wash show realistically rendered women. The artist’s straightforward technique captures the sexy, bold women of the era. Remfrey most recently illustrated the successful Stella McCartney  advertising campaign with nostalgic, seventies-inspired drawings.

The eighties

The eighties saw the emergence of a style so distinctive it seemed impossible that fashion illustration would not return with a vengeance. The large shoulders and harsh angles of the fashionably dressed were crying out to be drawn  by the great illustrators of the decade. Make-up was expressive, and poses were theatrical-a perfect excuse for fashion illustration to creep into magazines. Antonio Lopez once again answered his calling to epitomize the men and women of the time. He did so alongside illustrators such as Zoltan, Gladys Perint Palmer and Fernando Botero who were all producing innovative and experimental work. Zoltan was one of the first illustrators to produce a series of fashion images ranging from three-dimensional photo-drawing montages to collage with found objects. He used fabrics, flowers, gemstones and inorganic or organic materials to recreate fashion in the  same way that illustrators had previously become more liberal in their choice of artistic materials. Palmer illustrated for magazines and various advertising campaigns  for Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni and Estee Lauder. A well-known  artist in the eighties , when asked to capture the French fashions collections Fernando Botero did not alter his artistic style. The result was a series of fashion illustrations featuring large, rounded, voluptuous women. He confronted the view that ‘’fat’’ can never be ‘’beautiful’’ by illustrating high fashion with delightful results.

The nineties

By the end of the twentieth century fashion illustration was no longer considered the poor relation of photography but instead a credible rival to it. Ilustrators such as François Berthold, Graham Rounthwaite, Jason Brooks, Jean-Philippe Delhomme and Mats Gustafson spearheaded illustration’s comeback.

Berthold created a series of fashion illustration that challenged previous styles. He presented cropped illustration so that the head, shoulders, calves and feet were missing. The viewer’s full attention was thus given to the garments illustrated.Computer-generated images and digital technology in the nineties signified boom-time for illustration. There were illustrators who created small subcultures with intense fashionable followings. Brooks produced his computer-generated fliers for the nightclub Pushca, and Rounthwaite created a set of New York street kids generated on a Mac. His ads for Levi’s were projected onto huge billboards on the side of the buildings- a true sign that illustration was back in town. Moreover,illustrations of the emerging couture-clad supermodels by the likes of David Downton  were splashed across every newspaper and magazine.


Accessorizing A Woman's Business Suit

Pearl is one of the most appealing, yet subtle jewels in this world. A pearl necklace is beautiful, simple, classy and sexy, all in one.  So, whenever you are going for some important business meeting or having an important presentation, adorn yourself with a black, coffee or chocolate colored suit, with pearl earrings and necklace. It will help give you a professional, yet feminine look.
Diamond Accessories
‘Class’ is the keyword in the corporate world. You should keep it in mind while accessorizing your suit as well. Adorn simple diamond jewelry, like a small diamond pendant, a diamond ring and a diamond studded watch, to get an elegant look in the business world.
Scarf is a chic accessory that can add zing to almost every outfit in the wardrobe of a woman, including her business suit. For example, a brown-black marble stole with a cream suit or a pink stole with a white suit will give a classy and confident look to your persona.
Junk Jewelry
Yes! There is a scope of junk jewelry here too. All you need to have is a nice collection. Junks in raw stones are very much in fashion these days. So, if you have some nice, big beads junk neckpiece, do not hesitate to wear it along with your suit in the same color.
Black Pumps

Black pumps, with about 1½ to 3 inches heel, prove to be the ideal footwear for your business suit. While choosing the pair, keep in mind that it should be comfortable, apart from being classy. This is because you will have to work while wearing them.

Do not think that your blouses do not matter. In fact, blouses are more prominent than other accessories. Wearing the right kind of blouses with your suit is mandatory, if you want to give a proper look. Apart form having standard tones, keep some glossy and chic blouses in your wardrobe too.
Handbags are entirely your choice. You can carry a big leather bag, a briefcase or a purse, depending upon what you are comfortable with. Do not carry a something only because it is in fashion; think if it suits your persona also. Limit the choice of your handbags to standard hues, like brown and black.