Just before New York Fashion Week lands on Thursday September 7, UK fashion illustration experts Gray MCA will make a first stateside appearance with a pop-up exhibition at Tribeca’s Cheryl Hazan Gallery.
Drawing on Style (September 5-10) will feature 60 drawings in total, including iconic pieces by 20th-century master Kenneth Paul Block, who for 40 years was in-house artist for Women’s Wear Daily and whose sketching portfolio reads like a who’s who of fashion legends (Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy and Coco Chanel, to name but three). Highlights include his stunning YSL Russian Collection ($2,500), which shows his flair for capturing gesture, but equally notable are the impressionistic red dash of c1980, Patricia Underwood Beret For Perry Ellis ($5,500) and the dynamic striding figure in the c1990 Pucci ($6,500).
Leading contemporary fashion artists such as Bil Donovan and Jason Brooks – who have worked for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W – will also be represented. Donovan’s impressionistic illustrations range from the elegantly muted 2017 work Balenciaga ($2,200) to the technicolour Victor & Rolf ($2,300) and peacock-like Dior Flower Girl ($2,300), for Dior Couture, from 2014. Brooks’ cleaner-lined drawings (all $2,500), meanwhile, include striking depictions of Saint Laurent and Fendi collections, as well as a red, white and black print featuring a pair of Chanel boots that recalls Soviet-era propaganda posters.