Inspired By: Fashion Illustration Books

28 Jul

"The Beautiful: Illustrations for Fashion and Style", amazon.com

One of the things that is most compelling about the world of fashion is the myriad of ways that mood, atmosphere and attitude can be expressed. Photography is the most immediate medium, with shooters like Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts and Hemut Newton having long since cemented their places as among the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century. But often overlooked by all but the die-hard stylephiles, is fashion illustration.  Artists like Rene Gruau, Antonio Lopez and Jean Cocteau brought a whimsy and lyricism to fashion that is sometimes difficult to fully capture on film.  Here are a few of the most gorgeous fashion illustration books on the shelves. Flipping through them reminds us of why we fell in love with fashion.

"100 Years of Fashion Illustration", amazon.com

"Fashion Illustration: 1930-1970", amazon.com

"Masters of Fashion Illustration", amazon.com

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