April 24, 2009

Event: The Line of Fashion Exhibition

We indulged our artistic side again last week with a visit to the Society of Illustrators on the Upper East Side. That’s the current home of a fabulous exhibition we had seen in an earlier incarnation at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation. The Line of Fashion celebrates the wonderful world of illustration by showcasing more than 100 years of amazing work.

Designer Yves Saint Laurent once bemoaned the loss of the medium, saying, “It is a pity but today there are no more fashion illustrators. For however much I admire photographers, I have to admit their work is done to the detriment of the design. It is often the background that takes pride of the place.” It was in the early 1960s that photography started taking the place of illustration in the country’s top fashion magazines. Now this show, curated by Robert W. Richards (who was also part of The Painted Boy exhibition we wrote about here), pays tribute to the numerous artists, including Kenneth Paul Block, René Bouché, Antonio, Eric, Joe Eula and many others, who made fashion illustration so relevant. The work of two of our favorites are shown here: Nick Backes (above) and Steven Broadway (below). This ain’t gay porn, guys, but these drawings are beautiful and hawt! The show runs through May 2. For more information, visit www.societyillustrators.org.

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