Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1960 Fashion Illustration: Brian Stonehouse



This dramatic fashion illustration from the fall of 1960 shows a tunic shaped over blouse and gathered skirt in an eye popping black and brown stripe. It was designed by Bud Kilpatrick for I. Magnin in California. This type of graphic fashion pattern was gaining in popularity as a modern, sophisticated trend towards a newer, more urban style. Clean simple styles and bolder prints were starting to dominate the lingering prints and silhouettes of the post-New Look era.

Brian Stonehouse, 1918 to 1998, was the fashion illustrator. Born in England, he was trained in fine art in the late 1930's and entered the fashion illustration field soon after graduating. Following WWII, he returned to fashion illustration, working for both "Vogue" and "Harper's Bazaar" in the US between 1946 and 1979. After that time, he retired to England where he produced fine art and portraits of important personalities, including the Queen.

More on Brian Stonehouse can be found HERE.

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