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Masters of Fashion Illustration Hardcover – September 22, 2010
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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.Read more ›
Another reason I love this particular book is that the cover is RED!! my favorite color!
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.
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The illustrations are stunning. If you're an illustrator, artist, fashionista, you'll love it. Promise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SusieCreamCheese
Arrived in excellent condition. Just as described. A lovely book! A perfect addition to my library of vintage clothing books.Published 12 months ago by pebbles
Book arrived in great shape, it just wasn't what I had expected a book on fashion illustration to be. The cover is the best part.Published 12 months ago by Anne C.
Great variety of images..... loved all of the artists represented in this book!! Page after page of fabulous illustration... You won't lack for genuine inspiration!! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jmarieart