The Mighty Pen: Celebrating the work of fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez

Women in pantsuits painted by Antonio Lopez
by the hand of Antonio Lopez, fashion illustrator

Long before the hyper, kinetic images of a David LaChappelle or the moody, sexy images of a Steven Meisel and long before photography became the dominant medium to communication fashion to the masses there was…the pad and the pen.

Twenty-five years after his passing the work of Antonio Lopez is being shared. Heralded as a master fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez’s work is brimming with his interests and influences: fashion, photography, urban life, New York nightife and his Puerto Rican roots.

His handiwork was featured numerous times in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Andy Warhol’s Interivew magazine as well as the New York Times.  Illustration wasn’t his only medium. Lopez is also known for his Polariod photograph series, “Antonio’s Girls” featuring various models and personalities like:  Grace Jones, Pat Cleveland, Tina Chow, Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange to name a few.

FIT can count Antonio Lopez as another illustrious alum. Better still, the Gladys Marcus Library has a healthy collection of his drawings in our collections:

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