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Antonio Lopez 1979 Coty Award Lithograph Geoffrey Beene
LIMITED EDITION ILLUSTRATION BY ANTONIO LOPEZ (1943 - 1987) DESIGNER... GEOFFREY BEENE Original lithographic print from a limited edition of 500 printed in 1979 after which, the original plates were destroyed. This is # 344 /500. It was part of a portfolio created by the late great fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez, honoring the 1979 COTY FASHION CRITICS AWARDS winners and nominees of which there were 14. Only 500 of these portfolios were printed. Each containing 14 lithographic illustrations, with a page about each of the featured designers. "Antonio" is quoted on the cover sheet; "In each of these plates I tried to reflect the mood and spirit of both the designer and the clothes, relating each drawing to it's own historical art period." The Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards (awarded 1943-1984) were first announced in January 1942 by the cosmetics and perfume company Coty, Inc. to promote and celebrate American fashion, and encourage design during the Second World War. The first awards were presented in January 1943, with Norman Norell winning the award. The program was developed by the publicist and champion of American fashion, Eleanor Lambert with the assistance of the Mayor of New York, Fiorello H. La Guardia. The awards were given solely to designers based in America, unlike the Neiman Marcus Fashion Awards. Up until its discontinuation in 1985, the Coty Award was considered one of the most prestigious awards in the field of fashion. The womenswear awards are popularly known as Winnies; the menswear award which began in 1968 has no name. Repeat awards were the Return Award and the Hall of Fame award. Special Awards were also awarded to designers in specialist fields. In 1984 Coty discontinued its awards, and the promotion of American Fashion was taken over by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) with its anual Awards presentation. The seller of these litho's, Ricy Serbin has been a CFDA member for over 20 years. About Antonio Lopez He signed his works simply, "Antonio". No last name was necessary then or now. He was an amazing fashion illustrator who emerged onto the scene in the late 1960's and turned the staid fashion industry on it's ear with his flamboyant and edgy style. He was dubbed the Picasso of fashion illustration. His drawings appeared frequently in Vogue, Vanity, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Interview and The New York Times. His works were and still are exhibited in galleries all over the world. He died of AIDS in 1987 at the age of 44. Far too young, but in his short life, he changed the world of fashion forever! The new Rizzoli book, Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco, just came out this week. Written by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha, Contribution by Bill Cunningham, Epilogue by Anna Sui, Introduction by Andre Leon Talley His book, "Antonio's People", is a wonderful tribute to his friend and if you ever get a chance to pick up a copy you won't be disappointed. Antonio Lopez was a marvelous artist and contained in this book are numerous pictures of his art work and the people and events of his life. Among some of his famous friends were, Jerry Hall, whom he discovered, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Faye Dunaway, Paloma Picasso and Jackie Kennedy. To name a few. Here is an opportunity for you to own one of his amazing works of art. The fact that it is a limited edition of only 500 is another good reason. And who knows how many are actually still around after almost 30 years. This print is featuring Antonio's interpretation of fashion by designer Geoffrey Beene Measuring 15" by 11" this lithograph is in excellent condition .Will come with the onion skin page from the portfolio, about this fashion designer.
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