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  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    1980s (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Howard Tangye (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Graphite, pastel and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2H, shelf DR4, box DISPLAY PREPARATION

Howard Tangye is known for his work as an artist, designer and teacher within the world of fashion. He was Head of Womenswear at Central St Martins in London for sixteen years, retiring in December 2014. During a wide-ranging career he has taught leading designers and artists such as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayalan, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen, Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll and Julie Verhoeven, amongst others. Tangye himself studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in the 1970s, where he was taught by the influential fashion illustrator Elizabeth Suter, and later completed postgraduate studies at Parsons School of Design in New York where he was taught by the equally influential Barbara Pearlman.

Tangye’s work conveys the debt that contemporary fashion drawing owes to traditional figure and portrait studies. His dynamic and expressive compositions demonstrate the profound ability of drawing to bring form and definition to those thoughts, gestures and moments that occupy the spaces left uncharted by the gaze of the camera lens. Employing a decisive line and bold applications of richly- layered oil pastel, pencil, chalk and other media - these studies from life help to articulate how the process of drawing offers a freedom to examine texture, detail, colour and materiality in a way that photography sometimes cannot. While Tangye's drawings are associated with the fashion world, he stresses that he is not a fashion illustrator; his primary focus is on the body and his works are independent drawings rather than illustrations.

Physical description

Drawing depicting model Marie Halford in a blue Zandra Rhodes dress. She is seated on shells with shells surrounding her feet at the bottom edge of the page.

Place of Origin

London (drawn)


1980s (drawn)


Howard Tangye (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Graphite, pastel and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Howard Tangye'
Signed in pencil on obverse

Inscribed in ink on obverse

'Howard Tangye London / Marie in ZR dress / 1980s'
Inscribed in ink on reverse


Length: 84 cm, Width: 57 cm, :

Descriptive line

Drawing by Howard Tangye, Marie Halford in Zandra Rhodes dress, pencil, pastel and watercolour on paper, London, 1980s


Paper; Graphite; Pastel; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Figure studies; Portraits; Dress


Europeana Fashion Project; Drawings; Fashion; Designs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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