A pop-up celebration of style ahead of New York Fashion Week

The Drawing on Style exhibition will take place at Tribeca’s Cheryl Hazan Gallery on September 5-10

Parade by Jason Brooks, sold in advance for $15,000
Parade by Jason Brooks, sold in advance for $15,000

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.

Victor & Rolf by Bil Donovan, $2,300
Victor & Rolf by Bil Donovan, $2,300
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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).

Pucci by Kenneth Paul Block, $6,500
Pucci by Kenneth Paul Block, $6,500
Chanel Boots by Jason Brooks, $2,500
Chanel Boots by Jason Brooks, $2,500

Leading contemporary fashion artists such as Bil Donovan and Jason Brooks – who have worked for the likes of VogueHarper’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.

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