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  • Place of origin:

    New York (drawn)

  • Date:

    1970s (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Howard Tangye (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing on paper collaged onto 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 a female model standing in profile. The model is wearing wedged sandals and has her hair tied up in a scarf.

Place of Origin

New York (drawn)


1970s (drawn)


Howard Tangye (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing on paper collaged onto paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in ink


Length: 59 cm, Width: 40 cm, :

Descriptive line

Drawing by Howard Tangye, depicting a female model standing in profile, pencil drawing on paper collaged onto A2 paper, New York, 1970s


Paper; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Model; Sandals; Figure studies; Portraits


Europeana Fashion Project; Drawings; Fashion; Designs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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