New York’s Suzanne Geiss Company is premiering a new exhibition that is honoring the late great illustrator Antonio Lopez. Raised in the Bronx, Lopez light up the fashion world throughout the 1970′s and 80′s where he was known for his ultra-glam, erotically charged illustrations.
His unique style was a blend of inspiration from all avenues of the world around him. Lopez’s look soon revived the art of fashion illustration and ultimately defined an entire period. His drawings were a staple at the time for publications such as The New York Times, French and Italian Vogues and Elle.
“Antonio’s World,” which opened September 7 and runs through October 20, will showcase three decades of the artist’s prolific creative output, including his collaborations with such designers as Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino.
With the help of Juan Ramos, his behind-the-scenes art director, Lopez generated cutting edge master illustrations that gained him notoriety. His his ability to blend music, art and street culture transformed him into one of the most influential people in the fashion industry of his time.
Lopez work forced designers to think in another way; many ended up using elements of Lopez’s drawings in their collections the following season. In 1971, Yves Saint Laurent presented a couture collection of chiffon dresses along with chunky heels directly influenced by Lopez, who had brought his zest to the streets of Paris. Lopez died in March of ’87 but his work continues to inspire and influence still to present day.