Brooklyn Public Library Launches Fashion Illustration Exhibition for the Fall Season

August 30, 2012

Brooklyn Public Library Launches Fashion Illustration Exhibition for the Fall Season

Exhibition opens at the beginning of NYC Fashion Week and celebrates the art and artists behind some of the most famous fashion brands and advertising campaigns.

Brooklyn, NY (August 30, 2012) – This fall, Brooklyn Public Library will present one of the largest American showcase ever assembled of the work of established and widely published fashion illustrators. Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look will run from September 6 through December 1, 2012, and will be accompanied by a series of panel discussions, fashion film series, fashion illustration classes and author talks throughout the fall season. This first-of-its-kind exhibition opens at the beginning of Fashion Week at the Central and Business & Career libraries.

“The artwork in this exhibition is breathtaking and displays the wide spectrum of artistic styles within the fashion illustration world,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “As New York City gears up for the start of Fashion Week, Brooklyn Public Library is proud to display the designs of some of the industry’s most talented artists.”

Library visitors will have the opportunity to view works by artists including Richard Haines, Izak Zenou and more that highlight a variety of mediums from ink to watercolor, masking tape to digital media. Viewers will gain a rare behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration and creative processes involved with major fashion advertising campaigns for brands including Chanel, Givenchy, Tiffany, Ray Ban, L’Oreal, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora and Henri Bendel. Much of the work featured in the exhibit has been showcased in major publications such as Vogue, Elle, InStyle, WWD and Daily Candy.

Never-before-seen images from the highly influential fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) will also be on display at the exhibition. Lopez’s work has inspired generations of fashion illustrators, and he is credited with bringing in the “New Look” of fashion illustration. Rare photos and videos taken by Lopez of friends, models and colleagues such as Jerry Hall, Grace Coddington, Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones and Karl Lagerfeld will be debuted to the public for the very first time.

“This Fall Fashion Illustration Exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the evolution and application of fashion illustration and bring awareness to the art form,” said Brandon Graham, curator for the exhibition. “Through classes, films, author talks and an array of photographs and illustrations, we hope to inspire people of all ages to explore the world of fashion illustration and their own creativity.”

Featured artists include: Izak Zenou, Richard Haines, Samantha Hahn, Sara Singh, Carlos Aponte, Anja Kroencke, Marcos Chin, Autumn Whitehurst, Jennifer Lilya, Don Oehl and Elaine Pedlar.

An opening reception will be held at the Central Library on September 6, 2012 at 6 p.m.  The event will be free and open to the public, but space will be limited.   

Throughout the course of the exhibition, Utrecht Art Supplies and A.I. Friedman will offer a 10% discount to customers who present a valid I.D. and Brooklyn Public Library card.

For more details on Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look, please visit, follow BPL on or on Twitter @brooklynpublic.

Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look is made possible in part by Utrecht Art Supplies,

A.I. Friedman, Prismacolor, the Fashion Institute of Technology – SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library Dept. of Special Collections and FIT Archives and the estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos. 


  • Fashion Career Day Fair, Saturday, September 22 from 1 – 4 p.m.,  Central Library Plaza (in case of rain, Dweck Center)
  • Panel Discussions to include:

Fashion Illustration: How to Start Your Fashion Line - Melissa Hall, founder of The Emerging Designer, and a panel of fashion and retail experts discuss the nuts and bolts of producing and sourcing your own fashion line. Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m.

Fashion Illustration from Vision to Vogue - Michelle Edelman, CEO of Traffic Creative Management, Izak Zenou, Fashion Illustrator, and others.  Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m.

  • Fashion Film Series, Tuesdays from November 6 - 27 at 6:30 p.m.
  • FREE Fashion Illustration Classes on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 19 @ 5:30 p.m. (for adults) and Thursdays from September 20 - October 11 at 3:30 p.m. (for teens).
  • Live Demo with Fashion Illustrator Bil Donovan, Saturday, October 6 at 4 p.m.


  • 20th-Century Fashion Illustration: The Feminine Ideal by Rosemary Torre, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of the popular designer brand RUFFIAN will also participate. September 22 at 4 p.m.
  • Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco by Roger Padilha & Mauricio Padilha, Karen Santry, Professor of Illustration at FIT, will moderate. October 27 at 4 p.m.
  • Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers by Laird Borrelli and Shoestrology by Samantha Hahn; two noted fashion illustrators discuss their art.  Saturday, October 20 at 4 p.m. 


Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries located throughout the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a large selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at their website:


Brandon Graham is a collector and expert on fashion illustration. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, one of America’s top Fine Arts programs, he holds one of the most extensive digitally curated collections of contemporary fashion illustrations. He is the creator of the largest online fashion illustration community at, Graham has also designed for top fashion brands including Nike, Levi’s, and Dockers.  He currently lives in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.





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