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100 Years of Fashion Illustration

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WILLIAM Ling and FIG, the new Fashion Illustration Gallery, are presenting an exhibition of original fashion drawings that coincides with the launch of a new book, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration – from April 13 to May 26, 2007.

The exhibition showcases works by a select group of illustrators featured in Cally Blackman’s book, including Rene Bouche, Carl Erikson, Alfredo Bouret, Cecil Beaton, Mats Gustafson, Francois Berthoud and Jean-Philippe Delhomme.

Highlights include a ‘Bike Girl’ drawing made by Antonio for British Vogue which is available for sale alongside masterworks, also for sale, made by the Rene Gruau for Harpers Bazaar and Madame Figaro.

FIG has been established by William Ling to promote and sell the original works and multiples made by artists who have become well known as fashion illustrators, whether or not the work was principally commissioned for reproduction.

With few exceptions, these artists often find themselves categorised out of exhibiting opportunities and as a result, their work is often overlooked, dismissed as ‘applied art’ and crowded out of the market.

However, great observation of detail, style and attitude, crafted in superb drawing and painting is evident in abundance, making fashion illustration a genre that is highly collectable.

The project space is sponsored by J & M Davidson.

Address: 97 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NL.

Times: Friday to Saturday 11am to 6pm, or by appointment.

For more information visit the website.