Ops&Ops Love Affair with Fashion Illustration
Pencil on paper. Or pen, watercolour, or charcoal … A fashion illustration is a work of art. We are super fans and can spend hours enthralled in sketch-filled wonderment.
We love the mystique and suggestion a drawing offers, its aura and ability to inspire. For history, check the V&A, Norman Rockwell Museum and Ops fan Amber Butchart’s book Fashion Illustration in History. The 1920s and 30s are considered the ‘golden age’ of the genre, but we revel in the later commercial work of Andy Warhol’s shoes, René Gruau’s ads, Antonio Lopez’ op-art girls and Caroline Smith’s deco style (main image).
The popularity of illustration began to fall in the 1950s as the big-name magazines favoured bolder images and photography. Yet for the newly launched teen mags of the 1960s, it was a boom time. Designs, stories and dreams all revealed in sketch and in step with Peter Max’s vibrant depictions.
These are the styles rendered above. Not exactly wearable art, but easy on the eyes and easy to wear!