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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D , Case FD, Shelf 19

Fashion Illustration

2005 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

David Downton graduated from the University of Wolverhampton and began his career as a general illustrator in Brighton in 1984. Whilst he occasionally did fashion illustrations, it was not until 1996 when he was sent to the couture shows by the Financial Times that he became known as a fashion illustrator. Since then his reports have been seen around the world and his commercial clients include such names as Chanel, Dior, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Harrods and L’Oréal. In 2007 he launched Pourquoi Pas?, the first journal to be dedicated to fashion illustration. His work is distinguished by its deliberate omissions, where he draws a subject and then begins to remove details and elements until only the barest minimum remains. Although such deconstruction looks spontaneous, it takes dozens of drawings on layout paper to achieve a successful result.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour, paint, pencil, and coloured pencil on paper
Brief Description
Drawing by David Downton, fashion illustration of model Lily Cole backstage at Christian Lacroix, 2005, commissioned by Vogue China, watercolour, paint, pencil and coloured pencil, 2005
Physical Description
Illustration of Lily Cole in a dress with a silver embellished bodice and green skirt with a red bow tied at the waist. She is also wearing a black fascinator and drop earrings.

Dimensions
  • Height: 51cm
  • Width: 42cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscription Bobby Hilson
Credit line
Given by David Downton
Subjects depicted
Association
Summary
David Downton graduated from the University of Wolverhampton and began his career as a general illustrator in Brighton in 1984. Whilst he occasionally did fashion illustrations, it was not until 1996 when he was sent to the couture shows by the Financial Times that he became known as a fashion illustrator. Since then his reports have been seen around the world and his commercial clients include such names as Chanel, Dior, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Harrods and L’Oréal. In 2007 he launched Pourquoi Pas?, the first journal to be dedicated to fashion illustration. His work is distinguished by its deliberate omissions, where he draws a subject and then begins to remove details and elements until only the barest minimum remains. Although such deconstruction looks spontaneous, it takes dozens of drawings on layout paper to achieve a successful result.
Collection
Accession Number
E.723-2014

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record createdMarch 8, 2013
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