Friday, March 15, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco!

Antonio Lopez was not only one of the most important fashion illustrators of the 20th Century, but his influence gives him that distinction in the 21st Century as well!  Brothers Roger Padiha’s and Mauricio Padiha’s new book, “Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco”, examines the artist’s life and work through photos, illustrations and interviews with those most close to the artist.

I first became aware of Antonio Lopez’s work while I was a student at Parsons School of Design and quickly snatched up a copy of the French edition "ANTONIO 60.70.80" on a trip to Paris.  Lopez's works both fascinated and inspired me and that book still maintains a prominent place on my coffee table.  However, as much loved and dog eared as that book is, the Padiha brothers new retrospective on Antonio Lopez presents a far more intimate view of the man and his art!

The authors spoke about Antonio Lopez at an event at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a panel discussion including Antonio’s male muse Corey Tippin and the inimitable Pat Cleveland.  Having been a part of Antonio’s inner circle and working with the artist throughout his career, Tippin and Cleveland were able to give insight into the life that drove the artwork.

Pat Cleveland, looking as beautiful young and radiant as her days with Antonio, and Corey Tippin shed light onto their time in New York & Paris with the groundbreaking artist.  Ms. Cleveland regaled the audience with stories of Antonio’s discovery of Jessica Lange, working with Grace Jones and Jerry Hall, sparkling with the memories of the exciting times they had lived in and were a part of.

The Padiha brother's book, “Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco” was extensively researched and presents the first exhaustive and fascinating study of Antonio Lopez’s work and the life that revolved around that work.  An artist that went way beyond the world of fashion illustration, Antonio Lopez was a man of many facets and his work will continue to influence generations to come!

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