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Sep 17, 2010
DAVID DOWNTON
ILLUSTRATOR



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Biography
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Over the last decade, David Downton has established a reputation as one of the world's leading fashion artists. His classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images have been a key factor in the revival of interest in the tradition of fashion illustration and David is a worthy successor to the great artists in his field including Gruau, Eric and Antonio.

In 1996 he was commissioned to draw at the Paris Couture Shows by a Sunday supplement. And since that time he has worked principally as a fashion illustrator, his reports from the shows have appeared in V Magazine, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Times, The New York Times and the Telegraph Magazine among others.

David Downton

His commercial client list includes; Chanel, Dior, Tiffanys New York, Harrods, Estée Lauder and the V&A Museum. In addition David has produced portraits (from life) of some of the worlds most beautiful and iconic women; Dita Von Teese, Erin O'Connor, Catherine Deneuve, Iman, Linda Evangelista, Rachel Weisz, and Paloma Picasso. One of his recent commissions was to produce four illustrated covers of Cate Blanchett for Australian Vogue.

In 2006 David was made a Visiting Professor at the London College of Fashion and in May 2009 he was awarded and honourary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the world's only journal dedicated to fashion illustration, Pourquoi Pas? A Journal of Fashion Illustration.

David's book Masters of Fashion Illustration will be published in September 2010.

Website www.daviddownton.com www.pqpmagazine.com
Illustration Courtesy David Downton Acknowledgment David Downton & Jo Moore

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