By Dean Rhys-Morgan
Whilst Tony Viramontes' paintings seemed within the past due Seventies, his demanding and direct variety of drawing used to be a marked distinction to the existing soft-pastel college of favor representation. He scored instant luck, swiftly buying the type of prestigious editorial commissions ordinarily given to photographers, from Lei, according to Lui in Italy,Vogue within the united states, The Face in Britain, and Le Monde and Le Figaro in France.This attractive hardcover e-book brings jointly an in depth selection of his paintings, that includes impressive pictures of smoldering and smoky-eyed women and men who vibrate with New Wave strength. Viramontes labored with one of the most celebrated names in model together with Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel, Claude Montana, and Christian Dior. His pictures, from the pix of Paloma Picasso and Isabella Rossellini to the album covers he conceived for Arcadia and Janet Jackson, completely seize the temper of the Eighties membership and model scene.
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VIRAMONTES ENLIVENS WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A RATHER PEDESTRIAN SKETCH WITH HIS SPIRITED BRUSHWORK AND SIGNATURE BRAVURA TECHNIQUE. ROME, 1984. COLLECTION OF VALENTINO GARAVANI OPPOSITE: LADY IN RED VALENTINO RED, HIS OWN DISTINCTIVE AND SIGNATURE HUE, FEATURED IN EVENING WEAR AT EACH OF HIS HAUTE COUTURE PRESENTATIONS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2008. ROME, 1984. COLLECTION OF VALENTINO GARAVANI 63 SOPHISTICATION AT HER FINGERTIPS VIRAMONTES’S RICH, LUXURIOUS LINE EXTENDS ITSELF TO COSTUME JEWELLERY IN THIS JAUNTILY PATTERNED SKETCH.
ROME, 1984. COLLECTION OF VALENTINO GARAVANI 57 A FINE LINE A BEAUTIFULLY OBSERVED AND AUTHORITATIVE SKETCHBOOK STUDY FOR VALENTINO. ROME, 1984. COLLECTION OF VALENTINO GARAVANI 58 PICTURE PERFECT TONY ALWAYS WORKED WITH MODELS COIFFED AND MADE-UP IN THE SAME WAY AS IF THEY WERE GOING ON SET FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER. ROME, 1984. COLLECTION OF VALENTINO GARAVANI 59 60 STRETCHED VIRAMONTES’S LONG, ATTENUATED LINE CELEBRATES VALENTINO’S TASTEFUL BODY-CONSCIOUS SILHOUETTE IN THIS SKETCH, BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS INTO THE FOLDS OF A FULL AND DRAMATICALLY CUT SKIRT.
He painted the mood and spirit of the day with a drive no photograph could match. ‘It is a pity, but today there are no more fashion illustrators,’ lamented couturier Yves Saint Laurent in 2007. ‘For however much I admire photographers, I have to admit that their work is done to the detriment of the design. ’ The singular attitude and style that emerged in Tony’s fashion drawings was impossible to ignore and impossible to duplicate. It would make him as inﬂuential a fashion illustrator as any from the preceding generations.
Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes by Dean Rhys-Morgan