By Dean Rhys-Morgan
While Tony Viramontes' paintings seemed within the past due Nineteen Seventies, his tough and direct type of drawing used to be a marked distinction to the present soft-pastel university of style representation. He scored quick good fortune, quickly buying the type of prestigious editorial commissions ordinarily given to photographers, from Lei, in line with Lui in Italy,Vogue within the united states, The Face in Britain, and Le Monde and Le Figaro in France.This attractive hardcover ebook brings jointly an in depth selection of his paintings, that includes notable photos of smoldering and smoky-eyed women and men who vibrate with New Wave power. Viramontes labored with the most celebrated names in style together with Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel, Claude Montana, and Christian Dior. His pictures, from the pics of Paloma Picasso and Isabella Rossellini to the album covers he conceived for Arcadia and Janet Jackson, completely seize the temper of the Nineteen Eighties membership and style scene.
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MISS DIOR ORIGINALLY DRAWN FOR LE FIGARO’S GUIDE TO THE COLLECTIONS, THIS DIOR EVENING DRESS WITH ASYMMETRICAL NECKLINE IS CAPTURED BY VIRAMONTES IN A SERIES OF SWIFT EXPRESSIVE BRUSH STROKES. PARIS, 1986 BLAC ACKGLAMA Noted more for ey eye-catching ad campaigns than for the cut of its coats, Blackglama the label was conceive ved in 1968 by advertising execut utive Jane Trahey, for the Great Lake kes Mink Association (GLMA), which wa was producing dark furs. The early im images were shot by Richard Aved edon and featured high-proﬁle ﬁlmst stars such as Audrey Hepburn n and Elizabeth Taylor swathed in Blackglama mink.
ABOVE: TINA CHOW Similarly, Claude Montana allowed Viramontes an unprecedented level of creative freedom. ‘I would let him do what he felt like doing,’ remembers Montana, ‘he was an artist. I would sometimes show him a sketch of mine so that he would have an idea of my collection’s silhouette, or give him an indication of colour. A presentation at that time might have between ten and 15 groups of colours. He would pick one out of them and do a sketch. ’ Montana’s fashion shows were amongst the ﬁrst to excel in styling and presentation.
IN THIS UNFINISHED PORTRAIT SKETCH HE GRAPPLES WITH HER PROFILE, UNABLE TO LAY DOWN HER NOSE TO HIS 31 designed for his annual presentations quickly became collectors’ items and the hottest tickets in town. THESE PAGES: SO RED THE ROSE THE SLEEVE ART FOR ARCADIA’S ALBUM (ABOVE), A PORTRAIT OF VIOLETA SANCHEZ, IS PERHAPS THE MOST ICONIC AND FAMILIAR IMAGE CREATED BY VIRAMONTES. WITH THEIR BOUFFANT HAIR AND PANCAKE MAKE-UP NICK RHODES, SIMON LE BON AND ROGER TAYLOR (TOP L–R; RHODES OPPOSITE) EARNED THEMSELVES THE MONIKER OF ‘THE PRETTIEST BOYS IN ROCK’.
Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes by Dean Rhys-Morgan