Antonio Lopez: the fashion illustrator who revolutionised the industry

The subject of a new documentary, Sex, Fashion and Disco, Lopez was best friends with Karl Lagerfeld, advocated diversity long before woke-ness was in fashion and had dance moves that can only be described as legendary There cant be many fashion illustrators who can count Jessica Lange, Grace Jones and Karl Lagerfeld as their BFFs, and Jerry Hall as their one-time bae. But Antonio Lopez was special as the new film, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco testifies. An illustrator who started out in the mid-60s (when he dropped out of college to work for Womens Wear Daily), the Puerto Rican-born artist bucked the trend for photography as the dominant medium in fashion media. This was through sheer talent. In his work for the New York Times, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, the whooshes of his lines, movement of his drawings and the confident, sexy poses of the models he […] Read more »

Peter Lindbergh's best photograph: the birth of the supermodels

They were a revolution fresh, fun, outspoken, poking at you, making edgy jokes, getting involved. Wow! Liz Tilberis, the editor of British Vogue, asked me to do a shoot. You have to do the January 1990 cover, she said. Youre the one. She wanted something that would preview the decade to come. My reaction was: Oh my God, who could that be? You cant hang the next decade on one face. It wont work. But I knew what would. This was the result. People always say this shot, this cover, was the birth of the supermodels, but thats not entirely true. Two years before, I shot what were really the first of such pics the white shirt shoots. But that was for American Vogue. At that time, I didnt much like American Vogue. I found the women they were photographing so uninspiring. I preferred girls at art school. They wore […] Read more »

Sex and art by the Grand Canal: how Peggy Guggenheim took Venice

In the 1940s, the heiress fled New York and, with a makeshift gallery, became the star of Venice. But she was not the first woman to dazzle the city. As the Biennale opens, Judith Mackrell tells their story In the summer of 1948, the Venice Art Biennale was back in business after the long and isolating years of war. It was a historic event, celebrating not only international peace but also the end of fascism in Italy, and among its showcased artists were several who had been banned as degenerate under Mussolinis rule. The main attraction, however, was not to be found in any of the national pavilions, but in the astonishingly wide-ranging collection of modern art exhibited by one woman, the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim. As Peggy welcomed the Italian president to the opening of her collection, she had felt underdressed. Shed had to borrow some stockings from a […] Read more »