David Downton, Couture Drawings
May 11, 2016 by FIG
FIG in association with Assouline, publishers of the most sophisticated books in the world, present an exhibition of 20 new drawings from Downton’s Couture Archive. These works have been made with reference to Downton’s growing body of work consisting of drawings and notes, produced at primary source, front row and back stage at the Paris Haute Couture shows that the artist first attended in the mid Nineties. This presentation at Assouline’s boutique store at Claridges defines an era.
Over the last two decades Downton has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading fashion illustrators. His classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images have won commissions from amongst others, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, V magazine, Chanel, Tiffany’s New York, Van Cleef & Arpels, Claridges and the V&A Museum.
The carefully selected group of drawings show Downton at his most brilliant best. Not only has he defined an era, he has produced a body of work within which can be found extraordinary individual works on paper in ink, pastel and gouache that are precious works of art on their own terms and in their own right.
With breathtaking economy of line, Downton casts a spell over our imagination and transports us to a world of branded glamour and effortless style.
The exhibition is open to the public during the normal boutique opening hours, Monday-Saturday 10 am to 7pm.
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