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Masters of Fashion Illustration Hardcover – September 22, 2010

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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 been a strong factor in the resurgence of interest in fashion illustration.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 1st edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697040
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Masters of Fashion Illustration is not a book I was looking for; it found me, by way of a "you might like" email from Amazon. Normally such an email gets dispatched to the trash in no short order. But I'm delighted--absolutely delighted--that I happened to see this suggestion, took a chance, and bought it.

The book encompasses a 100-year arc in fashion illustration, from one turn-of-the-century to another (the 1900's to the early 2000's). In addition to the plentiful full-color illustrations, each chapter contains introductory--yet substantial--text that situates the movement and/or the particular artist within the context of the time. There are five major sections: The Age of Opulence; An Emergine Line (which are illustrations from the 1930's); The New Graphisme (1940's and 1950's); From the Salon to the Street (1960's through 1980's); and a section on author David Downton's work, spanning from the late 1990's through 2009. As for the actual illustrations, gorgeous watercolors and pen-and-ink washes abound. Gouache is also a popular medium for the illustrations selected, but oil pastel, acrylic, charcoal, marker, and even collage are also represented. The illustrations are most often in full-page or half-page format; occasionally they will actually take up a 2-page spread. Very rarely are the illustrations less than 1/4 page.

It's a nice size book--the 8-1/2" x 11" size is reminiscent of an artist's notebook, which suits the subject. The production values are very high, with lovely thick paper that is nice to the touch. The illustrations appear to have an eggshell finish and the colors--from the most subtle pastels to super-saturated brights--are all beautifully reproduced.
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Beautifully produced and executed book on a now (sadly) lost art form. The days of most of the great fashion illustrators died back in the mid-eighties. Killed by changes in technology and the market. If you'd like to see what stylish and elegance fashion illustration used to be, this is the best place to start looking.
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An awesome example of the great masters of illustrators in the fashion world. Useful for people who are interested in all forms of art however as the brush strokes and line work are something to be looked up to for any artist.
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the easy line & form of apparent illustration...I'm glad David gave us his own style as an addendum...inspiration for all figurative artists
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I decided to buy this book because Downton has made a selection of his own favourite or influential illustrators/artists, and you can see certain elements in the brush work or lines that lead up nicely to the last section of the book focusing on his own work (about 25% of the book). He gives 1-2 pages of history of each artist and a sampling of their works. I would say that this is a good introduction to fashion illustration from the point of view of one of today's talented artists, and is a good stepping stone into further research on your own. The pages are large and heavy paper with large images so you can see the linework clearly.
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This book is FABULOUS!! It's in a whole other category. Downton's own illustrations are a joy to look at and the others included are wonderful as well. I began my career as a fashion illustrator myself, so I am always on the lookout for other illustrators whose work I admire. Another one to adore is Antonio's Girls featuring the illustrations of the incomparable Antonio Lopez. I would love to see another collection of his illustrations. I used to have the double page spreads he did for "W" on my walls.

Another reason I love this particular book is that the cover is RED!! my favorite color!
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Hey Amazon,

These were actually a gift for my sister, I saw her putting them into my father's Amazon account as a way of dropping hints as to what she wants for Christmas (it's a regular thing here). So I decided I'd get them for her, and they sure made her eyes light up when she saw them so for me that's 5 Stars.

Regards
Jonathan
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Beautiful and gorgeous, inspiring for any would be fashion or standard illustrators. I don't know if fashion illustration really exists as a field anymore (ok let's face it, it doesn't) but wow, did those illustrators have vision. That said, there isn't a ton of content, wordwise in the book.
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